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Before we consider pro tips about adjusting your hairstyle for working on camera, reflect on what your current hairstyle means for you.

Let us approach Style from the very top and start with… (you guessed it)

Hair

From the sonnet by a 19th century poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning claiming “I never gave a lock of hair away / To a man, Dearest, except this to thee” to the lyric by a 21st century singer India Arie proclaiming “I am not my hair”… women’s right to independent hair management has been a long-contested subject. From the distinct Mohawk hairstyle appropriated by the early punk scene in London to the infamous public shaving of afros by morality police in Sudan, men’s hair is also an intensely complex topic.

Man with mohawk in dark background

In fact, forms of discrimination based on hair texture, style and appearance are so rampant around the world, the phenomenon has its own Wikipedia page! Look up a story about American referee Alan Maloney and teenage wrestler Andrew Johnson which lead to the passing of a hair non-discrimination law in the state of New Jersey in 2019. It is merely one of the underreported cases. Please, see linked examples below.

Woman with dreadlocks standing in a garden

Luckily, online you can have more agency in maintaining any hairstyle of your choice in a professional manner. Before we consider some pro tips about adjusting your hairstyle for working on camera, take a moment to reflect on what your current hairstyle means for you. Does it reflect your cultural heritage? Does it have an intentional statement behind it? Is it at its ideal length and color for you? How much effort does it require to maintain it?

It is also important to note that some people may chose to cover their hair altogether or be bald.

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