What's the Deal With Women Walking Around With Wet Hair?

Say What!? 105

wet hairThere was something about seeing a woman with wet hair that would drive me nuts. To me, it symbolized not having enough time to fully dry your hair before leaving the house. Or being rushed. I cannot stand being rushed. So maybe that's why it bugged me so much. Especially in winter. Weren't those women with wet heads cold? And because I would see these ladies during my morning commute on the subway on the way to work, I assumed they too were headed to an office, a professional setting, which was no place for hair not yet ready to face the day.

Some would twist the hair up in a bun or the worst offenders would let it hang, dripping water down their backs or fronts, making wet trails on clothes, jackets, coats. Why? WHY?

I learned why when I became one of those women.

Part of what I didn't understand about leaving the house with wet hair was leaving your hair style to chance. Without a blowdryer, a straightener, or a curling iron, how are you to know what your hair is going to turn out like if you just let it dry on its own. A little wisp from the subway train breeze here, a little rub up against some strangers coat there, and your hairstyle could certainly become one that you may never be able to repeat (or never want to).

Then there's the professional bit. Wet hair to me says Hi boss! I was out too late last night and completely overslept but had to shower this morning to get the stank out! But here I am! Wet hair and ready to start the day! Prepare for cowlicks by noon!

Then I became a mom. I grew out my bangs so my hair had less maintenance and it was all one length. I needed my sleep. Every. Last. Second of it. And then five minutes more. And I wanted to spend as much of my mornings with my newborn twins and doing my hair just took time away from that. Besides I could just twist it up into a bun and it wouldn't be dripping down my back wet, and I could still look somewhat put together.

I also got mad at myself for even concerning myself with other people's hair back when I did. Basically, sometimes there is just not enough time in the morning to get ready. And for some, air drying makes your hair look better. But I'd still worry that it looks unprofessional for some offices. Depends on the job, of course ... and the boss.

What do you think of wet hair? Does it look unprofessional in an office setting? Do you ever leave the house with your hair wet?


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curio... curious1145

Kelticmom, I totally disagree that coming to work with wet hair means,"I don't care enough about this job to make sure I look my best and be professional." To me it means, "I care enough about this job to take a shower right before starting work to be as clean as possible for work, and it's more important to me to be on time for work than to make sure I look perfect."

jalaz77 jalaz77

Wet hair is a far cry from damp hair. I hate blow dryers but will use the when the temp drops below 0 if I am leaving the house and need to get ready. I like to let my natural waves show through or straighten it, I have 3 kids, married and we both have full time jobs. I am an ER RN so sometimes my hair is put up in a damp sloppy bun which helps the fly always, if its dry my hair STILL gets put into a sloppy bun but I need hairspray to control the fly always, hate hairspray too. I don't 'do' my hair in my profession, you try to do chest compressions with your hair in your face?! I have to say when I see hair soaking wet all over someone's clothes and its not at the pool I think that is a bit much, unkept.

Pinkmani Pinkmani

Curious1145, I shower at night because I've been out all day. I can't put clean pajamas on a dirty body. When I wake up, I'm clean and I'll I have to do is get ready. If I'm really sleepy, I'll take another shower in the morning to wake me up; and I'll wear a shower cap because my sausage curls take forever to dry.

kelti... kelticmom

Curious: You shouldn't have to advertise the fact that you showered. Wet hair is not your "evidence". As a boss, wet hair on an employee says to me "I woke up late and have poor time management skills" it does not make me want to give them a sticker for actually coming to work clean. I expect my employees to show up for work clean, put together and professional looking. That includes dry hair.

Silli... Sillieguze

I have naturally curly hair and using a hairdryer, even with a diffuser, makes my hair frizzy.  It looks much better when it air dries.  I take a shower every morning.  My hair is usually damp, but not dripping wet, by the time I get to work.  I don't see what the big deal is. 

SuzyB... SuzyBarno

I guess I'm super vain. I don't even have a job and I never go out with wet hair. And I shower twice a day but only wash my hair like 3 times a week because I use heat styling tools. To each their own but for a professional job I would never ever show up with wet hair. Outward appearance says a lot about a person especially if you are making first impressions all day, like if you are a receptionist or consultant or something like that.

Todd Vrancic

I got better things to do than worry about whether somebody else's hair is wet or dry.  I don't know what's going on in someone's life, so I can't judge.

kleab79 kleab79

Well...I guess we all know, who not to work for. Bet her supervisor skills are as poor as her attitude for trivial things. Get a life.

ethan... ethans_momma06

I rock the towel dried hair. Or, I used to when I showered in the mornings before work. And (for the record) I showered before work to be clean, because ... you know... you sweat all night.

Anyway, I think that if your entire shirt is wet because you didn't let your hair dry, obviously a boss is going to raise their eyes because you are supposed to look well maintained and professional and wet t-shirt contest doesn't say that. To your boss or the clients/customers.

However, if it's not creating a wet mess of a shirt... who cares? I don't. More important things to worry about.

nonmember avatar mommabear

Seriously? I have a two year old and ten month old. I am a single mom. I work third shift at one job, first at the other, and go to school to become an RN. I don't take a shower at night because I have curly hair that would look ridiculous if slept on wet. Luke previous posters said, I consider myself lucky to even get a shower in!!

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