Age (or age range): 24
Degrees: BS Chemical and Life Science Engineering
Title: Environmental Advisor
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1. Based on your profession and corporate culture, what were your primary concerns about wearing natural hair in the workplace? How did you overcome them?
Since my current co-workers and boss only have known of me with natural hair there wasn’t much of a response or reaction until I straightened my hair. I was overdue for a trim and decided to blow it out, get a good trim, and straighten it. I was overloaded with compliments about how people loved my hair. All while thinking what’s wrong with my black cotton curls? LOL Two days later, I was back to my slap happy nappy curls. I missed my fro. I am sure many naturals can attest to straightened hair and not feeling complete waiting the return of your curls.
3. Has your performance been rewarded since you’ve been natural? If not, do you believe your hair has been a factor? Any regrets?
Yes, I have gotten much praise since I have been working, but that’s strictly performance. I do not think my hair played a role in those rewards. I do believe and think people perceive me in a certain way, both from my personality and being natural. I am curious to see if anyone has been turned down from a promotion because of their appearance specifically their “natural hair”?
4. What advice would you offer a professional peer who’s on the fence about going natural?
Never limit yourself! Most natural divas have horror stories from bad relaxers, brittle hair, and bald spots, and it was the reason they went natural. Go natural for you, Do you! Being natural is not for everyone. Transition using twist or braids extensions until your natural hair is at a length that is manageable. Educate, Educate, Educate yourself on natural hair care. There are so many wonderful websites, blogs, youtube videos, and magazines that give you valuable information on how to style, maintain, and moisturize your natural tresses. Be prepared when you do your BC (Big chop) for reactions, side comments, and naysayers. Having natural hair is professional and its up to us to change the perception in the workplace.