During training all new Cabin Crew recruits go to a grooming class to know exactly what hairstyles we can have and how to do them. We are also given a booklet to advise us of the strict uniform standards that we must stick to. We also receive training on make up, manicure and wearing the uniform and having perfect personal presentation.
This is the most universally worn hair style by Cabin Crew. You start by fixing your hair into a ponytail then pulling it through the centre of the foam doughnut. You then move the hair around the doughnut until the foam cannot be seen and add another elastic over the base of the ponytail to hold hair in place. Finally you should secure the loose ends underneath the doughnut with hairpins and then place a scrunchie over the top to hide the pins. Check for any stray hairs and tame them with a hair wax or hair spray.
Another quick professional style many cabin crew have is the french pleat. This is easily done by holding your hair in a ponytail at the base of your neck and then twisting it upwards and tucking in the loose ends as you go. Finally, pin into place and tame any strays. This is a look that can be worn with hair off the face, a sweeping fringe and even backcombed slightly for height on top.
The french plait takes a bit more practice! Here you take 3 sections of hair from the centre of your hairline. You take these three crossing one over the other in a plaiting motion but each time adding a new section of hair from each side. When you reach the base of your head secure the hair with an elastic and tuck the remaining hair (if possible) underneath itself to hide the ends.
Some airlines will allow you to have a wear a simple ponytail if it secured with a scrunchie in the uniform colour and doesn’t fall below your shirt collar. Hair should be worn in a short neat fringe or swept back off of the face with no stray hairs.
For the ultimate in ease and a classic yet professional look, you can have your hair cut into a bob. It must be cut perfectly into shape and well maintained and must sit above the shirt collar. For variation, this style can also be worn behind the ears. A gloss spray will also give this look a healthy shine!
As Cabin Crew, you are the face of the airline and always have to be immaculately presented. This can be a challenge during a 14 hour shift and at 34,000 feet! We have very strict guidelines to follow and are only allowed certain hairstyles - some airline only allow 2 or 3 types. Hair must be classic in colour with no roots showing and if it falls below the collar of a shirt, it must be worn up. Long fringes and stray hairs are a no-no and you are prefered to wear your hair off of your face. Rules are very strict and failure to look the part can lose your your job so it is important to look professional at all times. These looks are perfect for any woman who wants to look professional at work or if you are attending an assessment day for Cabin Crew. Here are the secrets of Cabin Crew hair...