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Get Hired Hair.

Fifty-seven percent of managers believe an unattractive (but qualified) job candidate will have a harder time getting a new job, and 68 percent feel that looks will continue to affect their job-performance rating once they’re hired, according to a 2010 Newsweek poll. One simple way to look ultraprofessional: having the right hair.

Go Sleek and Straight

Unless you’re going for a creative job, Olsen-twin hair won’t earn you any points. Wash your hair, apply a shine-enhancing volumizing spray to the roots and blow-dry carefully with a large, round brush from roots to ends. (For the best results, get a trim the week before to clean up any raggedy ends.)

Wear It Loose and Wavy

The trick here is to look effortless. It shouldn’t look like red-carpet hair with sausage curls from hours with a small curling iron. A large-barrel iron will give you soft, easy waves. If your hair is frizzy, condition it well and use an anti-frizz product like Kerastase Nutritive Oleo Relax before drying. Wild hair can give the impression that you are unpredictable.

Try a Professional Ponytail

Run a flatiron over your hair. The ponytail should be smooth—not a mix of curly and straight hair. Gather it at the nape of the neck and use a tortoise clip to secure it, or wrap a half-inch-wide section of hair around the elastic. Don’t curl the ends, or you’ll look like a cheerleader.

Bring on the Bun

A bun can make you look powerful, positive, and proud—plus it’s great for frizzy or fine hair. Brush front sections back to cover your part and fasten hair in a low ponytail. Twist it around the elastic and use bobby pins to anchor the knot. Finish with a mist of soft-hold hair spray.

Trim Your Bangs

If you have bangs, definitely get them trimmed within a week before a big meeting so you’re not constantly pushing them out of your eyes. Don’t have them cut straight across your forehead—they can look thick and heavy, like a paintbrush. Instead, ask your stylist for a piecy, face-framing look. We like a technique called point cutting, which is basically snipping little sections off the straight edge of the line.

Consider Camouflaging Grays

We would never tell anyone with gray hair to color it or not—it’s their choice. But gray hair does have certain negative connotations—people may see a woman with grays and think, Wow, she let herself go. Visit the salon three to five days before an interview.

Shine On

Gleaming hair is a sign of youth and vitality. To keep your hair healthy-looking, avoid styling products that ruffle the cuticle and rob hair of shine; volumizers, texturizing sprays, and salt sprays are the biggest culprits.Instead, look for a silicone serum or spray, which keeps hair sleek while it controls flyaways.

Should Your Boss Tell You How to Look?

Company dress codes have made the news a lot this year. In New York a banker was allegedly fired for looking too sexy. And after American Apparel‘s guide, which encourages “full eyebrows” leaked,New York magazine’s The Cut reported on several other retail stores’ rules, most of which are pretty standard for businesses that are selling style. But this week, it’s Swiss bank UBS that takes the cake, with a 44-page guide to hygiene and clothing that includes some hilarious minutia. It’s in French, but several news outlets have offered translations of some of the best lines.

NPR’s Jamie Tarabay’s favorite: “the best time to apply your perfume is right after a hot shower.” (Check out the comments on the NPR story for reader translations.)

Yes. It gets that specific.

From the Wall Street Journal:
“Male employees of a certain age are warned against dying their hair, because artificial color contrasts excessively with the actual age of your skin.”

From Business Insider: “It is important that this lotion is fragrance free or smells neutral, because even if it’s pleasant, when mixed with the perfume it could clash and be too harsh.”

“We recommend protecting skin by applying a skin cream that consists of nourishing and soothing elements. Thus, your skin will appear beautiful and you will be radiant!”

In the booklet, the company says the usual things about appearance being non-verbal communication and empasizes the need to look, not just act, like a professional. But it also adds, according theBusiness Insider translation that: “A flawless appearance can bring inner peace and a sense of security.” Do you agree? How would you feel about following a dress code set in place by your employer?