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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kelti... kelticmom

If you think a professional appearance is "trivial", then you are exactly the type of person I would not employ. Cheerio!

Katie Hesney Johnson

Wow, I'd like to say I'm suprised that someone would post something like this on TheStir, but I'm really not. It's one thing to have your hair still soaking wet and down, it's another to have hair pulled up in a bun, like I  usually do. My hair isn't perfect like everyone else's on here, I suppose and I'd rather not spend an hour and a half straightening it so people like the author and kelticmom think I fit their definition of "professional". Do you really think it's "professional" to be that catty about something pretty minor? If the hair is down, all over the place, in your face, etc., of course that is going to be unprofessional and it needs to be addressed. I'm sure most companies have policies in their dress code regarding this issue. Pulled back in a braid or styled bun is not that big of a deal. I've pulled my hair up into a neat, styled bun at work (while still slightly damp), and not one supervisor of mine had anything to say about it.

linzemae linzemae

i shower in the morning because i need it to wake up and i cannot get through my day if i havent showered. i feel gross and dirty. you sweat all night in your sleep. i personally hate when you can tell someone didnt wash their hair in the morning and slept on wet hair. its obvious! to each their own though. i go into work with damp hair all the time, it gets poufy and frizzy if i blow dry. i just wake up earlier and let the wind dry it a bit on my commute. 

kelti... kelticmom

Let me clarify myself. If your hair is damp and braided or in a nice, neat bun, I have no issue with it. But when you show up with wet hair in a sloppy pony tail, or with it dripping down your back, we have an issue.

ImaSo... ImaSoulMom

Ok, of all the articles people seem to be taking personally. Ha ha. That pic freaked me out until i looked at it closely. Other people's hair doesn't really bother me unless it affects me. Like if you whip me with it i guess.

Austin Keenan

Definitely NOT for work.    You need to look like you take your job seriously enough to have your shit together.    It's not so much the result as the fact that you made an effort.  

If you show up at a dinner party with wet hair,  the hostess might think you don't care enough to make any effort.    The question is who is it you don't care about?    The hostess or yourself?     But that would depend entirely on your style and personality. 

I don't style my hair at all to run errands or for casual events.    It's usually dry before I leave home though or slightly damp.  

luvsc... luvschocolate

I have extremely thick long hair and it takes over an hour just to dry let alone flat iron, plus it is easier to pull it into a ponytail or claw clip when wet.  So yeah I leave the  house with it wet all the time, unless I get up super early.  Im trying to limit heat damage as well, so I may only dry 2 or 3 times a week.  But the way I pull mine back, you can't really tell its wet.  I usually have time to dry the front .

Destiny Hall Lewis

I go out daily with wet hair. My hair is extremely long and thick. I very rarely use a blow dryer because it takes an hour to do it, and the damage it causes. I refuse to go to bed with sopping wet hair either. However, I am a stay at home mom. If I have to be somewhere like an office setting I will use the blow dryer. I would not show up to a job with wet hair, but for day to day mom activities I don't think it is an issue.

Mary Renee Reuter

I always thought people who blow dried their hair every day were high maintenance snobs. Who cares if your hair is wet, at least it's clean and it'll dry eventually. 

LadyC... LadyClaire

Holy Sh*t. who knew this was such a hot button issue???? i never blowdry.  who has the time? Ive got enough to do in the morning without worrying about being judged (mainly by other women-sad.).

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