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There's no shame in having a punk-rock past (or present, actually). But unkempt dreadlocks, body art, and piercings may stop being so cool when it's time to get out and find gainful employment. If you're thinking of suiting up to pay some bills, here are a few ways to look more Mad Men, less Warped Tour.

  • Concerned about that tattoo of the unicorn smoking a hookah on your shoulder? Look no further than The Wrecking Balm Tattoo Removal System ($149.95), which promises to fade away your ink or your money back.
  • For those who thought those rubber ear spacers were a good idea, the EarLift Invisible Lobe Support Solution ($7.80) can help. A hypoallergenic gel disc sits on the back of your earlobe to provide support and erase the evidence. (I saw Ms. Jay use these on an episode of Tyra, and it totally worked.)
  • While neat dreadlocks (think Whoopi Goldberg) look professional and cool, the bead-adorned, I-am-a-Korn-groupie dreads might not fly in an office setting. But the Knotty Boy Emergency Dreadlock Remover Kit ($25) detangles even rock hard 'locks using — you guessed it — hempseed oil.

It might be time to send a care package to those members of the class of '08 who are just getting back from Burning Man and need their looks to be as polished as their resumes.

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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i've always heard about things that would remove tattoos - and i have been thinking about trying them for a while but i'm always worried that i'm going to waste my money - but i guess if this one has a refund policy if it doesn't work then there's really nothing to lose right?
rachi99 rachi99 8 years
I did mine backwards. I was conservative for the first ten years in my job, but now that I am a tenured and established teacher, I have two tattoos and a nose stud. One tattoo stays hidden, but I have two measures of the Bach violin Ciaconna on my lower leg that I wear openly (I do teach orchestra, after all). When it was necessary in the early part of my career, I put off getting the ink and the piercing, just to make sure I was established. Now that I have a reputation and a steady job, I can wear a little eccentricity and nobody seems to have a problem with it. As a matter of fact, since I got my piercing, enrollment in my classes has gone up 25%!
leanneluvsu leanneluvsu 8 years
Bella, I agree. If you cannot go to a salon and get them done or if they don't form well in your hair, then don't wear locs.
leanneluvsu leanneluvsu 8 years
Meaning to stop with the locks. Those homemade locks look pretty tacky because they unravel too quick. The curlier your hair texture the easier it is to form the locks. I agree with Bella, they look tacky when they aren't properly form and on certain hair textures, they cannot form that well. Why do you think black women have to cut off their relaxed hair if they want to rock styles such as afros and locks? The texture forms the rolls better that hold the locks. With all due respect: Mondaymoos, I really don't care if people just like the way locks look. There's a whole history behind them. Black people couldn't get jobs with their natural hair texture, so they had to straighten it with hot combs and relaxers. That action in itself persists today and has sparked a whole slew of debate within the black community. It might seem pretty trivial to you, but black women often get ridiculed in Corporate America for rocking their god-given hair texture, especially in locks. The term "dread" alone is offensive because that hairstyle is "dreadful"-looking. Its terrible that ethnic hairstyles are considered offensive and as a black women, I have been told to change my hair in order to get a job. I've heard several black men complain of the same thing. Locs are something that are native to our race and for some, a very integral tie to their native culture. Its not a fashion statement, no matter how much you want to believe it.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I love locks, personally. I think they are beautiful and cool, and as you said, leanneluvsu, a hairstyle that's about more than just style. I remember last year when a Glamour editor said that dreads were unprofessional, and I thought, "Oh please." I wouldn't think twice about hiring, working with, or working for someone who wore dreadlocks. With that said, I think the Ozzfest-style dreads aren't going to fly in most conservative offices. For an instance of what I mean, check out this friend of mine's old hairstyle. He cut his hair around the time he decided to get a job working in a conservative office. (He still rocks out, though!) Compare that with Lauryn Hill's or Toni Morrison's dreads — they're different as apples and oranges.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
leanneluvsu, sometimes people just like a certain look. If you think that people who rock dreads that don't have african hair are going out of their way to insult you, maybe you need to take a step back. To be honest, they probably don't care about what your opinion is.
foxie foxie 8 years
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
"So, all straight and wavy-haired people need to cease and decease." leanneluvsu, did you really mean that all straight and wavy-haired people need to stop wearing dreadlocks and die (decease)? Or did you mean cease and desist?
Spiderlove Spiderlove 8 years
I love my tattoos for the most part, and they are all easily hidden if I choose, but I have one on the inside of my wrist that I got with an old boyfriend that I wouldn't mind at least fading... we intentionally got matching ones, but made sure that the meaning was important to us in our own ways, so that if we did breakup (which, obviously, we did!) we wouldn't hate the
leanneluvsu leanneluvsu 8 years
Yea, the locks thing is going to have some folks in a tizzy. Locks were originally created as a ethnic hairstyle for blacks, and are still used today as a stylish option to retaining long hair. It is also a hairstyle that has historically meaning. I think you're skating on thin ice with this one because the natural nazis are going to feel as if you are insulting them. Then, it will invoke a whole "relaxed vs. natural" argument. To be quite honest, I think if you don't have the afro-curly hair texture (i.e. 3c-4b curls) you shouldn't attempt to wear locks. You will just look silly in them because your hair isn't going to form and they will just look a hot frizzy mess. So, all straight and wavy-haired people need to cease and decease. Also, locks are a really a big political and cultural statement. I personally get offended whenever I see someone who really doesn't know anything about locks but think its "anti-conformist" rocking some. I typically want to punch them in their face. Its insulting to my culture (Caribbean), my race (Black) and my history. Find another way to be "punk," but don't do it at the risk of denigrating black people.
lexib0t lexib0t 8 years
I appreciate the apology Bella. It just hit a sore spot for me because I've had SO MANY people talk down to me and give me remarks about how I'll never have gainful employment. I enjoy the site but it felt kind of like I'd wandered into an older family members house for a moment. ;)
CYL CYL 8 years
I am in PR and marketing and I am glad all my peircings and tattoos can be hidden by clothes. I really wanted to get another tattoo on the back of my neck...but in my industry you represent your company or client....and some clients/companies are more conservative so I can't :( so sad.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Oh and the ear thing, let me tell you... I had on hoops when I was younger, 13ish and it ripped the whole almoat all the way through the lobe, eww I know. It also stretched the lobe a bit, the only way I could repair it was plastic surgery so that's what I had to do.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Ya that balm doesn't work, I've heard from many people. If it did that would be good to know. I think tats are killer but when I got mine I def thought about long term, when I have a family and of course the work place. Other than the back of my neck no one can see my other ones. I miss my nose ring though, not becuse of work just never healed after the 3x I've had it done. :(
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I agree Lexi. I'm not pierced, tattooed or in need of an earlift but I don't think that everyone has to be like me either. I know Bella didn't mean it like that, it's only if you needed it.
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
That earlift thing is so creepy looking...
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I wear tank tops and stuff around people I don't want to see my tattoo (like my mom).
foxie foxie 8 years
Nals, a balm like that isn't going to get rid of the tattoo, it would just fade it... thereby making it look crappier than ever. =/
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Hey lexib0t, thanks for the feedback. It wasn't my intention to talk down to anyone (which is why I said that having a punk-rock present is cool) but realistically, a lot of my friends have toned down their looks for the office. (Former hardcore kid turned IT guru? Yep.) It was my intention to be tongue-in-cheek but I apologize for offending you.
nals33 nals33 8 years
Hmmm..does Wrecking Balm actually work though? I'm addicted to ink too!! (I'm actually thinking about getting another one. :P)But, my body had a weird reaction to the brown ink used on my the tattoo looks slightly off. :T
lexib0t lexib0t 8 years
I'm not denying it's helpful information, there are things on here I'd use if needed. It's just the whole tone of the article that bothered me.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I can see what you're saying, lexib0t, but there definitely are a lot of employers who would make a negative instant judgment about a job candidate with certain visible body modifications and a certain "look," so if someone is considering going into a more conservative field, this is definitely helpful information.
lexib0t lexib0t 8 years
Am I the only one that found this a bit condescending? All it said to me was, "Clean up and look like everyone else, otherwise you won't have a future!" I know many people who have very lucrative careers, as well as myself, while still looking "warped tour". Good way to speak down to a segment of readers.
melizzle melizzle 8 years
That's what happens when you date (and subsequently marry!) an aspiring rock star! :)
foxie foxie 8 years
That's hot, melizzle!
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