A Kinky Confession: Natural Hair in the Workplace

Kinky Confession

When I signed on the dotted line, accepting a full-time position, I was almost instantly in a panic. I was worried about what my co-workers would think about something that I can’t change: my natural hair.

While I was unemployed, I wore my hair in chunky and mini twists because they were easier to maintain than free hair. As I started to go on interviews, it didn’t occur to me that having my hair in mini twist would kinda be false advertising (95% of the time, I wear my hair in a twist-out). After interviewing in my mini twists, I left them in for an additional two weeks because they were still neat and I didn’t feel the need to redo them. The a few days before I had set in mind that I was going to take down, wash and re-do my hair, I get offered a job.

Commence the freak out.

“What am I going to do with my hair? Should I put it back in mini twists? Should I protective style it? I’m definitely not straightening it.” These are all the crazy thoughts that came to my mind. I’ve read numerous articles about women (and men!) who have been discriminated against because of their natural hair. My own cousin who is also natural admits to sometimes straightening her hair or wear in a bun in an effort to “look presentable”. I wasn’t sure how my natural hair would be accepted at my workplace and I was genuinely concerned.

Looking back, I laugh at the fact that I was so concerned about how I would wear the hair that grew out of my head in a kinky state. I LOVE my natural hair. I like to wear it as big and as defined possible. I never thought that I would be so concerned about entering the workplace with kinky/curly hair. But I was and it was irrational of me to put so much energy into wondering what I was going to “do” with my hair. MY hair. I decided that I would remain true to myself and wear my hair in, you guessed it, a twist out. It’s my go-to style and I love how my hair grows bigger as the week goes on.

I cannot be alone when it comes to concerns about natural hair in the workplace or maybe I am because I’m an over-thinker. Whatever the case may be, don’t ever feel like you should hide or be ashamed of your natural hair no matter where you are.


Check out this article and video, here, where a North Carolina news anchor talks to an intern about her natural hair in the workplace.  Has anyone ever had this experience or something similar? Would your advice be different than that given?

Let’s respectfully continue the conversation below in the comment section. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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