Is long hair frowned upon?

Hey everyone, grew out my pandemic hair during my internship and senior year this year and now have an absolutely banging flow that I love and really enjoy having. Training was virtual but start work in person on Monday. I really like my flow and my beard (slightly straggly, think something like James Franco around the mouth, mustache area but my sides grow in really well and is dense and connects/when I let it grow for a few months, I have attained a thick more normal looking beard).

Now that we are going in the office, I am faced with the prospect of potentially cutting both and I wanted to know what I should I do. My initial plan was to just keep my hair slicked back using an iron band and keep my beard nice and tight and consistently shaping it up. Would it be fine if I kept both or is it just too unprofessional

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Aug 20, 2021 - 5:14pm

I was in a similar situation last year. Grew out hair during senior year, ended up liking the new look, and was not sure if it would be appropriate for the office. I ended up keeping the long hair for my full-time start date. So glad I kept the long hair. As long as you're not walking into full-time training with a mohawk or ridiculous haircut, then no one gives a shit what haircut you have as long as you produce good work and are chill to work with. I'm at a BB and several people in my group have longer hair than the typical conservative finance haircut. One of the top MDs in our group has a ponytail lol.

Aug 20, 2021 - 5:17pm

Long hair on men is not common, but I have seen male staff with long haircuts before. I would say it depends how it looks, but ultimately this is your decision.
In fact, most men I know are balding so much they wouldn't be able to do this anyway. So maybe it is about who can do it instead of whether it is appropriate.

Aug 20, 2021 - 5:18pm

My general feeling is that as long as it's well kept and professional, you should be okay. Just be prepared for some funny looks and a comment or two.

The main caveat I would make is that the rest of your appearance should be super conservative. 

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  • Associate 3 in IB-M&A
Aug 26, 2021 - 10:55pm

Second/third losing the beard, the combo is too Neanderthal, but long hair alone is fine. Your attire needs to be otherwise excellent, especially early on. If your hair is styled and you dress well people will think you're just fashionable.

  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
Aug 31, 2021 - 12:00am

Small update, rocked it for my first week or so. The beard was not an issue as it has p much filled in. However, I felt really weird with my hair lol as I was the only one in my office with hair this long. The back goes a bit past my shoulders. So I decided to slightly cut hte back so that it is no longer than what a normal cut would be. Other than that kept everything else constant. The end result was a hairstyle similar to a Neal Caffrey but a bit longer. I think I will try to rock this for a few months. Thank you for the input. 

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