I LOVE pushing the envelope when it comes to wearing my natural hair at work. I’m in a corporate environment Monday – Friday 7:30 to 4:30 so every day I do my hair in the morning I’m thinking of yet another way that I can do something a little more outstanding than the day before. Being one of 3 african american individuals on the floor I work on, blending in isn’t really an option. And I am truly thankful for that! Outside of the fact that the Book calls me the salt of the earth, intended to offer a bit of spiritual flavor to an otherwise bland atmosphere, I love the idea of contradicting a corporately correct fit with a curly fro or super high mega bun. I love being different. My natural hair affords me the opportunity to be different every single day. Holy Spirit lives in me and my every day goal is to change the atmosphere he puts me in. Some love me and others love to hate me. At the end of the day the only thing that matters is that I love me.
Don’t be afraid of wearing your natural hair styles at work. Don’t fear that they could potentially hold you back from advancement. God is your source, your job, is just a resource. Love yourself. Be yourself. And the next time you think about wearing that style you’re just not sure is ok for work…go for it. And don’t just wear it, OWN IT!
2 thoughts on “Pushing the Corporate Envelope”
Love this post!
I worked in the corporate environment for a while, and I too was one of the only African American women working on my floor. When I was transitioning to natural hair, I would wear my hair in buns most of the time. Since I big chopped early last month, I’ve been experimenting with my u-part wig (which I made with Heat Free Hair) and wash n go’s.
I thought at first that it wouldn’t be appropriate in the office place, but the people in my office loved it! Goes to show that if you’re happy with yourself and your hair, the confidence radiates and you can rock whatever, whenever!
Exactly! Keep experimenting as your hair grows too. The versatility of natural hair is incredible. Congrats on your big chop!