I went with my fierce twist out, ready to hear that Government would be the perfect industry for me. It was one week after my interview and I was informed that I got the job!
The interviewers could have liked or hated my hair, but my qualities I highlighted from my resume and what I could offer the company really spoke out in explanation marks! So here I go with my bold natural hair, ready to start my career in Government!
Natural hair in the cubicle
It was December 2012 when I first started in my Government career and you know what that means, protective styling! That’s right, I was wearing flat twists and two-strand twists. I did not wear my hair out during the winter time at all. Best believe I received lots of questions from all co-workers: men, women, black, white, red, and yellow.
Some questions were:
“Do you wash your hair in those twisty things?” “Are you an artist on the side?” “How do you get to do your hair like that?” “Will my hair do that?”
I did not get offended and I did not mind answering these questions.To clarify, I was not the only woman of color there, but I was the only naturalista there!
Senegalese twists and micro braids at work
For the past two to three years, I have experimented with other styling options mostly senegalese twists and micro braids. Now since I work in Government, I have kept my hair styles fashionable and stylish, but also tasteful and classy.
During the summer of my first year there, I had micro braids installed with my natural hair color. My co workers asked more questions and comments, “Wow, your hair is so straight!” “Are you still natural with weave*?” “Does ‘it’ hurt?” “Your hair grew!” I welcomed all comments and questions.
Originally posted 2014-08-01 15:00:37.