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Look the Part I 13 Makeup and Perfume or Cologne Wearing makeup is a personal preference. Apply a minimal amount for on the job. If you are a big kid-kisser, consider whether to wear lipstick. Lipstick kiss marks, if not removed, can look like bruises or injuries on chil- dren. Children can also be allergic to makeup. Lots of smells are associated with early childhood education, some good, others not. It’s certainly important and professional to smell good, but adults and children are often allergic to strong perfume or cologne. With infants and toddlers, you may not even know of potential allergies. Use perfume or cologne sparingly. Hair Hair should be clean, well groomed, and off your face. If you are constantly pushing your hair away from your face while you are working, then pull it back. Programs have different policies about hair when you are serving food. Some centers, health departments, and state licensing regulations require you to wear a hairnet or hat. This may include when you are feeding infants or serving children in the classroom. Ask your supervisor about requirements. Working with young children requires physical exertion and much activity. Remember that good hygiene, keeping yourself and your clothes clean and washed, requires daily effort. You can look professional and not smell profes- sional. Cultural norms about hygiene differ. However, since you are caring for young children, your hygiene standards have the potential to affect the health and safety of those around you. Do not be offended if your supervisor or another employee offers to educate you about the hygiene standards in your program. Body Art, Tattoos, and Piercings Although tattoos and piercings are more common today, they are not always considered professional. Let your program’s culture guide this aspect of your personal appearance. If you have questions, ask your supervisor. being a professional Hygiene