Hair and Now

by Jackie

In a vignette in Chris Rock’s Good Hair, high school seniors describe “appropriate” workplace hair as a straightened mane that is “neat and professional.”  Though they are on the money with “neat and professional,” they are sorely mistaken with the perception of hairstyles in the workplace.  Every woman has her own unique style, and is able to express her style through her crowning glory, her hair.  With this said, there is a time and a place for everything.  Whether processed or natural, hair should not betray your professionalism.  If your workplace is not the type of environment that is conducive to neon-colored punk-style clothing, then your hair should not have hot pink highlights.

WARNING: Don’t let your hair extensions tell on you.  Make sure that they blend with your own hair and skin tone.

A heightened curly fro gets you noticed for all of the right reasons.  Tightly coiled hair remains keeps hair off of your face, but still makes a stylish statement.

A heightened curly fro gets you noticed for all of the right reasons. Tightly coiled hair keeps hair off of your face, but still makes a stylish statement.

Unless you are a celebrity, keep colors subtle for the workplace.

Unless you are a celebrity, keep colors subtle for the workplace.

When all else fails, the bob is always a classy look.  For more styling options, cut bangs short enough to wear front and center on the weekends and long enough to wear to the side on the weekdays.

When all else fails, the bob is always a classy look. For more styling options, cut bangs short enough to wear front and center on the weekends and long enough to wear to the side on the weekdays.

"A little bit of MAC lipgloss, hair in a bun, well done..." For the most conservative workplaces and on those rainy days, a bun does the trick.  Natural girls shouldn't be afraid to tie up their curls or locs into a bun.  It adds dimension.

"A little bit of MAC lipgloss, hair in a bun, well done..." For the most conservative workplaces and on those rainy days, a bun does the trick. Natural girls shouldn't be afraid to tie up their curls or locs into a bun. It adds dimension.

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3 thoughts on “Hair and Now

  1. Don’t be afraid of wearing locs in the workplace either, but do keep your natural hair styled neatly. This has been a huge issue of concern as more and more go natural, especially with careers in law enforcement. However my experience shows that it is more of a concern for those with ethnic hair than those without; that is to say, I think “we” worry more about being accepted than “they” have any intentions of labeling or rejecting us. Each workplace differs however, so be sure to not superimpose personal fears on your work atmosphere. Natural beauty is beautiful indeed, but can also be quite liberating. Just don’t think because you are natural, however, that there is no longer a need to tame the mane.

  2. Def agree that you should be professional no matter what your hair looks like. Having natural hair, you should kind of gage how “relaxed” your work environment is. At least that’s what I did when I worked at a law firm. Natural hair is gorgeous and can be worn in a professional manner….I love it because I can be really creative with it and in … Read Moremy case with the profession I’ve chosen (law), I always have to be mindful of how my hair is but I don’t let that stop me from expressing myself thru my hair

    🙂

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