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Going Bald? Better Shave your Head, Says Air India

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
January 2023
Going Bald? Better Shave your Head, Says Air India

Air India has instituted some strict rules on grooming and attire, but don’t worry: they don’t apply to passengers.

The flight crew, on the other hand, has plenty to think about. The new grooming guidelines, revealed in a 40-page circular, including the following instructions for male employees: “Men must maintain neat short haircut with side parting (without volume). Use of hair gel is mandatory. Male crew with deep receding hairlines and male balding patches must keep a clean shaved head or bald look. The head must be shaved daily. A crew cut is not permitted. Grey hair is not permitted. Grey hair must be regularly coloured in a natural shade.”

Women are also instructed to dye their grey hair to a natural shade. “Blonde hair colour and streaking is strictly not permitted,” the guidelines state.

Men are permitted to wear only one ring, but women can wear two—one in each hand. Women must wear makeup that matches their uniforms, using the company shade card only. “A small bindi is allowed with a saree only (optional) and must be within 0.5 cm in size,” the guidelines state. “Big-size bindi is not permitted.”

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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