The Stigma of Being Natural in the Workplace
When it comes to Black women and our hair, we've always been trendsetters. From box braids and extensions to weaves and crazy colors, we're blessed with the ability to switch up our style effortlessly and be unapologetic for our decisions. Our hair is an extension of us and for most it's a form of expression.
While this current wave of authenticity is appreciated and celebrated, it wasn't always like that. For a while, some of our styles were heavily frowned upon and deemed as "ghetto" or "inappropriate". The media loved to throw blatant jabs at our hair choices and then, it happened. Mainstream America started to mimic our creations and what was once called "ghetto" was now the hottest trend. Kardashians and their "boxer braids" is a great example of this cultural appropriation.
One trend that has yet to be truly accepted by the masses is the kinky 4A- 4C natural hair texture. Although #teamnatural has over four million posts on Instagram it's still a touchy subject, especially when it comes to the workplace. While some jobs are very direct on how they want you to look at work, others throw subtle hints. As a black woman, whose been natural since college and once did the corporate thing, I know the struggles when it comes to hair in the workplace. The constant questions when you put in extensions, the "can I touch it" debates and the rather annoying stares can all get old, quick! The best advice I can give you is to do what you love when it comes to your hair. If you want to wear extensions, do that. If you want to rock your fro, do that. If you want to cut it all off and do it again, do that! As long as it falls within your companies grooming guidelines you're fine. The truth of the matter is, it's 2018 and natural hair is here to stay. Therefore, companies have no choice but to to jump on the train and accept it.
As a woman who loves her natural hair and extensions, I love how proactive brands have become to celebrate, encourage and support the progression of the natural movement. For awhile, there weren't a lot of hair companies specifically for the coily/kinky girls. When it came to premium extensions, we were forced to straighten our hair to blend, which overtime resulted in heat damage. News flash, everyone doesn't always want to rock the latest Brazilian or Peruvian straight. Some girls love their natural pattern they just want help enhancing it. Thankfully, brands like Haute Kink Hair understood the struggle. They make it easy for women to enjoy the added lengths all while embracing the coils God gave them by providing quality hair that resembles their true hair texture.
The CEO of Haute Kinky Hair saw a need for quality coily/kinky textures in the hair market. After doing her research and testing out different manufactures, she was able to produce premium hair to help enhance the natural beauty of her customers, not hide it.
3 Workplace Appropriate Everyday Styles Using Haute Kinky Hair
*Please note* I have in 3 bundles of Haute Coils by Haute Kinky Hair in 16" each.
1. Wake & Go - One of the easiest looks that can be achieved using the Haute Kinky Hair is rocking the natural curl pattern! For the "Wake and Go" there was no manipulation done to get this look! All I did was add water, rake my hands through to separate the curls and wala magic! If you're not a morning person and need help cut down on your get ready time in the morning, this is the perfect style for you!
2. Twist Out - This look can be achieved on blow dried hair using light heat. All you do is two strand twist it using a light curling product and a few sprays of water. Leave it in overnight and separate it in the morning with a light oil. Due to the steps you have to take, this is a every other week type of look, or whenever time permits.
3. Pulled Back - This is the exact same style as the 'Wake & Go just with some added flair. Only using water, I two strand twisted pieces of hair in the front and pinned them in the back. You can keep it simple with the twist or add some flair by putting braid jewels here and there. It's perfect if you don't like your hair in your face but don't want to fully commit to a ponytail.
Check out how I did all of these styles along with a few more on YouTube here.