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Social Media Leave Us With A Hairy Situation

Gymnast Gabby Douglas wins an Olympic gold medal, but everyone wants to talk about her hair. Rocket scientists beat the odds to land a new rover on Mars, but everyone wants to talk about one scientist's super-cool mohawk. Okay, I give up. Let's talk about hair!

What strikes me about these two very public cases of hair obsession is how they've managed to overshadow the main accomplishment of winning a gold medal and landing on Mars, respectively. I mean, sticking the landing in both cases is a big f*&^%$g deal, as Vice President Joe Biden might say. Have we actually reached the point where we're focused more on a hairstyle instead of the actual achievement? We seem to be missing the forest for the trees here, or the follicle for the hair to stay on theme.

Sure, most of us aren't going to light up Twitter thanks to our luscious locks or lack thereof, but all kinds of recent articles are going on and on about the "dos and don'ts" of workplace hair. Your workplace hair should be neither too long nor too curly. It shouldn't be too gray -- especially if you're a woman -- or too greasy. Leave the fauxhawk at home, I guess.

True, the recessionary Supercuts we're rocking do say something about us -- hair is one of the first things we notice -- but if we can no longer split hairs enough to grasp the bigger picture (we've landed on Mars, people!) then we're all doomed.

Now Gabby Douglas just wants Twitter and Twitter surfers cable news talking heads to shut up already about her hair, and rightly so. She's a world-class gymnast. Her hair is supposed to be in a pony tail, and really, it looks just fine. Let's leave her hair alone and celebrate her hard-fought accomplishments.

Meanwhile, the "mohawk guy," Bobak Ferdowski, seems to be reveling in his new-found fame as his hairstyle rockets him high above his co-workers on the media landscape. So our hairstyles can either work for us or against us, depending on the circumstances or how Twitter is trending.

Here on the ground level, one wonders how many employees will give a stellar PowerPoint presentation today and all anyone will remember is their hair. Or how many job applicants with sterling credentials won't get a job offer, based largely on a perceived follicle faux pas. It was too curly, too short, too long, too trendy, too "out there," too gray, too monotone, too average, too cookie-cutter, too wild, too blown out, too frizzy, too flat, too dark, too light, too old-fashioned, too blond, too red, and bangs simply don't work on her. She must color it herself, too!

What is the perfect workplace hairstyle, anyway? No one really knows. We all have to learn to work with what we have up top, which blows. So go ahead and wear your hair in a way that gives you confidence, because we could all use a confidence boost in this economy. Be yourself, or or least fake it until September rolls around and the news cycle heats up again. For now, it's August, no one in the Northern Hemisphere wants to think very hard, and we're obsessing about hair of all things. With any luck, it'll pass just like a bad hair day.


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