Tory Johnson, workplace contributor to "Good Morning America," helped me out by setting up a panel of six recruiters who would be asked to grade me as a job candidate on a scale from 1 to 10. The panel would be split into two groups of three, and I would see each with a different hair style.
I wore the same clothes and even answered the same questions the same way. But the recruiters' perceptions? Very different.
Only one recruiter made a passing comment about my hair when it was straight, but all three mentioned it when it was curly.
"I've been in company meetings with people with big hair, and actually I think that it's somewhat of a distraction," one recruiter said.
"I think it was kind of wild," said another.
But in spite of that criticism, the group that interviewed me with curly hair gave me much higher marks -- 26 out of 30, versus 22 with straight hair.
On intelligence and ability to articulate ideas clearly, I received a 20 out of 30 with straight hair, but 28 with curly.
When it came to confidence, I got a 23 with straight hair and rocked a 28 with curly.
Oddly the group that interviewed me when I had straight hair thought I showed too much confidence, a characteristic that one recruiter said "can easily be transferred into being cocky."
But with curly hair?
"She was personable. She was funny without being too familiar," one recruiter said.
So the guys and the kids were asked to judge a picture or a look. The recruiters were asked to judge a person.
I suppose it's really not surprising at all to me that I impressed them more with my natural curls, because that's how I'm most comfortable.