Natural Hair in the Workplace: You’ve got to Tip on the Tightrope

These days, people are just happy to have a job, any job. So to think that people are deprived of them due to their choice of hairstyle seems preposterous. I still think there is a stigma associated with natural hair though and believe that plenty of people are disregarded due to their appearance.

Even though there are women in media, academia, and business who choose to wear their hair natural or in braids, corporate America is still dominated by white men. The further you are from that prototype, the less your chances are of having a seat in the boardroom. Yes it’s sad, but it is true.

While Melissa Harris Perry wears kinky twists on a regular basis, remember she has arrived, you most likely have not. So unless you are going for a signature look that you rarely switch up — like hers — start out with something a little more conservative.

Melissa Harris-Perry’s two strand twists.

As a rule of thumb, I usually wear my hair up in a bun for interviews. One, it can stand up to any weather elements and you’re pretty much free of worrying about humidity creating a frizz ball or rain causing your hair to look like a lion’s mane. If you have micro braids, put them up in a bun or in a French braid. The same goes for other types of braids. Some natural hair-dos scream “wear me to the office though,” so try these and you’re sure to be a big hit with your colleagues and clients.


Teeny weenie afros convey a sense of authority and confidence. It takes confidence to pull one off. Pair it with a tailored pant suit and you’re good to go.

Chrisette Michelle rocking her TWA.

Flat twists with loose two-strand twists

During the summer months I see lots of ladies wearing styles similar to this. It is cool, cuts down your prep time in the morning, and lasts for at least two weeks. It looks polished and so goes from office to happy hour to a baseball game.

As long as twists and coils are polished, they can be worn in the work place.


Roller Set

If you are tired of your natural curls, enhance them with a roller set. As you know by now, rollers sets are my favorite. They last and can be worn everywhere.

She loves the roller set almost as much as I do. ALMOST.

One Comment Add yours

  1. I love the natural roller sets too!

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