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Time is coming for me to get up very early, and be in the hospital looking my professional best at O'Dark thirty in the morning.

I am thinking the best way is to pull it back. My question is, does it need to be pulled back? Does a women with long hair look more professional with her hair pulled back?

Does the long hair get in the way while doing the physical exam if it's not pulled back?

Are there any female physicians who regularly wear their long hair down?

I know it seems trivial, but sometimes it's small matters like this that make a big difference in professional appearance.
 

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I see women wear their hair down in clinic, but up for anything hands on.

You could also whip your hair back and forth.
 

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Time is coming for me to get up very early, and be in the hospital looking my professional best at O'Dark thirty in the morning.

I am thinking the best way is to pull it back. My question is, does it need to be pulled back? Does a women with long hair look more professional with her hair pulled back?

Does the long hair get in the way while doing the physical exam if it's not pulled back?

Are there any female physicians who regularly wear their long hair down?

I know it seems trivial, but sometimes it's small matters like this that make a big difference in professional appearance.
here's what i do:

wake up at dark o'thirty, frantically take shower while cursing at myself for sleeping late again, comb hair, throw on clothes, make sure i have obligatory "hair band" around wrist for impromptu ponytails, drive like crazy to hospital. if my hair looks great, wonderful. i loved surgery because hair would go up and under cap, so who cares what it looks like. oh, and i have long straight hair, prefer to wear it down, and i'm blessed with not needing products, and i hardly ever use a blow dryer. the only times i am "aware" of my hair is when a (usually older female) patient will comment on how they like my hair.

it's funny, because i used to care about how i looked for clinicals, and then quickly realized that looking professional M3/M4 year basically meant 1) don't look like a hootchie mama, 2) wear closed toed shoes, and 3) throw on the white coat.
 
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Part of my reason for asking this is, that I have crazy curly frizzy hair.

I think the frizzy little fly aways I get when I just throw my hair back in a pony tail looks bad (but that may be me being OCD). My hair washed and air dryed looks amazing.... but it will spend hours in the damp phase. I understand that some people feel damp hair looks unprofessional. Comments I have heard about damp hair is: "That a person doesn't have the time management skills to properly prepare themselves in the morning." When really it's quite the opposite.

If my hair is damp, I have spent at least an hour and a 1/2, showering, conditioning, extra conditioning, even more conditioning, brushing out the rat's nest tangles, and scrunching my hair.

If hair up and in a pony tail, even though there is some frizz and fly-aways is more professional, then damp hair (not dripping) then Huzzah! Takes a lot of work out of my morning.

I find it ironic that in order to not give the appearance that I have rolled out of bed, and not done anything with my hair, that I may just have to roll out of bed and not do anything with my hair.


(Before someone mentions it, blow drying is long process that leads to a frizzy mess. Brushing my hair dry makes me look like I have a bale of straw on my head.)
 

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Not in clinicals yet, but as a woman with insane curly hair (and so much of it that it does not fit into the standard ponytail holder):

I love this: http://www.adiscountbeauty.com/store/products/Goody-Simple-Styles-Modern-Updo-Maker.html

Basically it's just a pin that you put into your hair and it instantly turns into a nice bun/French twist style that holds all day. Takes two minutes and looks great from the front or back. There's a youtube video that tells you how to use it.
 

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Not in clinicals yet, but as a woman with insane curly hair (and so much of it that it does not fit into the standard ponytail holder):

I love this: http://www.adiscountbeauty.com/store/products/Goody-Simple-Styles-Modern-Updo-Maker.html

Basically it's just a pin that you put into your hair and it instantly turns into a nice bun/French twist style that holds all day. Takes two minutes and looks great from the front or back. There's a youtube video that tells you how to use it.
I have that and use it all the time. I'm just a second year, but my hair is past my shoulders, wavy/curly/thick and sometimes frizzy and I sometimes have to pull it back. I LOVE the Goody products. Both the Modern Updo and the Spin Pins have been great for a quick updo that holds all day. I do a little variation on the instructions for the Modern Updo thing because the way they do it on Youtube or in the booklet doesn't hold my hair, so I push it into my bun from the side instead of the front. It gives more of a bun than a French twist, but it still holds my hair.
 
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Not in clinicals yet, but as a woman with insane curly hair (and so much of it that it does not fit into the standard ponytail holder):

I love this: http://www.adiscountbeauty.com/store/products/Goody-Simple-Styles-Modern-Updo-Maker.html

Basically it's just a pin that you put into your hair and it instantly turns into a nice bun/French twist style that holds all day. Takes two minutes and looks great from the front or back. There's a youtube video that tells you how to use it.

I know it's taken me a million years to respond, but thanks! That looks amazing!


And I have been told by my cohorts that when I think it looks horrible and frizzy, that I am being OCD and it looks fine. So yay! Less work for me in the morning! :love: