So this topic is actually a bit touchy for me because it is a situation I deal with everyday Monday through Friday. I am pretty much only natural on the weekends because during the week, I wear my bob wig to work. I have worn my natural hair to work in the past, but as of late, especially with my edgy cut, I just haven’t been up to it. I know there will be a ton of questions from everyone, because they will all be super curious about my newest adventure in the world of hair and I just don’t have the urge to be undergo so much scrutiny over something as simple as my hair. Wearing my wig allows me to blend in.
See the real issue with me wearing my natural hair to work is that I actually worry about the perceptions that people will create in their minds about me and then I worry about how those perceptions will effect my future advancement as a professional. I almost hate to even admit this, but it’s the truth. When I first cut my hair off and rocked my taper cut to work, every person that walked past my office stopped to inquire about my style and at first it was fine but after awhile, you get a bit bored of explaining why you cut your hair over and over again. It is just hair after all.
Besides me wanting to engage in conversation not focused solely on my hair, I also worry about the conversations I won’t be privy to. See I work in a very conservative environment and that is totally fine with me but that comes with an understanding of what is considered work appropriate and what is not. I think my hair is flipping awesome, but not everyone will and I find myself in a funny position, since I precariously dangle between being a self made, sign my own paycheck woman and being a sit behind a desk, waiting on the 1st and the 15th to roll around type woman. If I’m being honest, this is a bit hard to navigate, because I really want to be me, all of me, every day, no matter where I am, but I am forced to play my role and that sometimes means looking the part.
People have an idea in their mind about how a professional young woman should look and I’m pretty sure they don’t imagine me with my dope tapered fade. I wish they would though. I wish that my hair was not deemed inappropriate for work or a hindrance to my future as a professional. On the weekends, when I am wig free, I adore running out with just my little curls and a pair of fly sunny’s on my face. It’s so freeing.
To be honest, I think I am growing a bit bored of being natural only on the weekends and I’m getting pretty close to being natural in the office.
Have you all faced scrutiny at work because of your natural hair? We want to hear from you.
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