A few years ago, it frustrated my soul when a black female attorney told me to straighten my hair because Corporate America wasn’t ready for it.
I was a law student working hard to turn an internship into a full time gig so I sucked it up and pulled out my flat iron. My hair hated me and showed me just how much by refusing to curl when I tried to revert it after the internship.
Time went on, and I eventually made it up to my hair by getting it back healthy.
I also developed a different mindset as it related to what I was willing to do to my hair to meet the expectations of employers.
I do not believe I should be forced to damage my hair by manipulating it into something it is not on a regular basis for the sake of “company culture”. But I do believe in the importance of looking well-kept and professional in the office.
Lots of companies are placing more emphasis on diversity and thus getting away from the stigma that natural hair is unprofessional. Nonetheless, we can never be too sure about the concerns arising from our decision to wear our hair naturally.
If you are in this predicament (or considering going natural), I’ve compiled a few hair ideas that look professional AND don’t require you to compromise the health of your natural hair.
Achieve this look by pulling your hair back into a low pony. I like to use an over-sized hair scrunchie to ensure it wraps around my hair without breaking.
I generally leave out bangs while I pull back my puff.
Once the puff is secured, I swoop my bangs, using bobby pins to hold them in place.
Next, I use edge control to give me a sleek look. Then, I fluff my curls to my liking.
The Low Puff is easily converted into a bun by tucking under the ends of my hair and using bobby pins to secure the look.
Here, I make a small part in my hair down the middle.
Next, I use a small portion of hair to create a loose single strand twist that I pull back and pin.
I follow the same technique on the other side of my head then fluff the back of my hair for fullness.
I follow the steps used to twist my hair back for the Twisted Up/Down.
Once both sides of my hair are securely twisted back, I twist and tuck the back of my hair in an upward motion, using pins until my hair is snugly in place.
Each of these looks is professional and easy to achieve without using lots of time to properly execute – no heat damage necessary.
I hope these ideas help you slay your day.
I mean, if you’re going to work, you might as well WERK!
One time for naturalistas doubling as movers and shakers in the corporate world!
Serve black girl magic TA-DAY and forever more! Go get em, my girl. And look cute while you do it!