Dreadlocks in Finance

Im a  freshman undergrad. I have short dread right now ( above my shoulders) also keep them braided on the back of my head so it wont cover my ears and people can see my face. I know my hair style isnt "client friendly" but will it play a huge part in internship offers. p.s im looking to go into s&t or Ib

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May 9, 2021 - 12:50pm

Let's put it this way - there won't be a law against them, but I have never, ever seen anyone with them in any office or any industry outside of music, hospitality, and entertainment. Ever. You can keep them, but I am not sure how everyone you are going to meet will think about them.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
May 9, 2021 - 12:59pm

As long as it is well kept and naturally colored, I don't see any reason why it should be frowned upon. That said, I have not seen anyone in finance with that hairstyle so far.

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May 10, 2021 - 9:50pm

If you are black, I think that this is not as bad an idea as if you are white. Dreadlocks are a common hairstyle in the black community. With all the DEI stuff going on these days, I don't think it will put you out of the running. Different ethnic groups have different types of hair that is managed differently and dreadlocks work well for certain types of hair. Although, short crop hair is likely your "safest" bet. 

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May 11, 2021 - 11:28am

The man is a certified killer (and Josh Norman's father) but his hair kinda looks like Jabba the Hut's tail... ok if you're a physical specimen who throws professional football players across the field like they're children but not if you're a pudgy analyst who sits at a desk for 14+ hours every day

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May 11, 2021 - 1:02pm

If you're wearing a suit, it should cancel out lol. Definitely keep them tied back. If you have glasses or can wear some blue lights or something that could actually give you a unique look that would still make you look "smart" with the glasses. Just my 2 cents with the info I have though. Like someone said above, clean cut is best, but you can definitely make it work

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
May 12, 2021 - 12:44pm

Have never seen them in finance but as other posters have said just keep them tidy, naturally colored and back/off of your face and behind your ears. Could be a pretty dope look paired w/ suit or businesses casual and maybe even glasses. Clean cut is always the safest bet however, goes for all races/ethnicities. You don't want to be the guy that gets remembered for physical appearance whether its a flashy suit, watch or hairstyle etc. Same rules apply to college athletes with lax flow haha. Don't roll in the office looking like Fernando Tatis Jr or Trevor Laurence for that matter. 

  • Intern in HF - Other
May 23, 2021 - 9:11pm

As someone who is going to be recruiting soon and who it took 18 months to get a strong lax flow going I'll be devastated when I finally have to cut my hair in the next month. 

May 15, 2021 - 4:05am

The tough answer is no, it's best not to have. Despite all the progression the industry has seen / is going through, finance is still conservative and yes unless you are African American then having dreads will work against you. It's unfortunate but a reality 

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
May 23, 2021 - 10:51pm

It's fine as long as you are black.

I went through training with multiple interns/analysts who had dreads. There's even an MD at MS who has shoulder length dreads.

May 24, 2021 - 1:57am

Have a black friend in IB with a hairstyle similar to how you described, I think it should be fine. To be fair though, they only started the look after they got a FT offer. It just comes down to your risk tolerance. In this day and age, there's a 99% chance dreads won't affect your shots at high finance. But, it's possible and if that's something you're afraid of then go conservative. It's easier said than done, but I think a firm/industry that would ding you for dreads is one worth avoiding anyways. Same goes for POC girls with historically "unprofessional" hair, brown guys when it comes to shaving/turban, etc.

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