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Are your braids frowned upon at work?

Are your braids frowned upon at work?

Braids have been worn for decades and are considered to be a very popular protective style. However, popular or not, is this style frowned upon in Corporate America?

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Protective Hairstyles In The Workplace

When you interview for a job its imperative that you look the part. You appearance should be clean and your hair should be tamed.

Tamed hair? Yes, your hair shouldn’t be the center of attention. No bright colors or Bronner Brother hair extravaganza styles.. we get that right?

But…Braids are apart of the African American culture and shouldn’t be discriminated against.

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Angela Simmons Braids- Google Images

The multiple ways to style your braids are endless, from a low bun to a sleek high or low ponytail. Either style would be professional for the work place.

How do you deal with a boss who is against your newly braided hairstyle?

I don’t have all of the answers, but what I will say is, handle the situation as professional as possible. If you leave work on a Friday rocking your TWA and come to work Monday will a head full of braids, that is your prerogative.

Your hair has nothing to do with your work ethic.

However, as I mentioned, be mindful of bright colors that might be a distraction to the work environment.

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Brandy Norwood- Google Images

The strict rules of corporate America are why most millennial men and women are leaning towards entrepreneurship.

As an entrepreneur, you own your time. You are your own boss. You don’t clock in and out because you write your own checks!

Most individuals who left corporate America to run their own businesses left for reasons such as feeling controlled and held within a box by their employer.

Unable to truly be themselves is the vehicle that is driving our younger generation into self-employment.

If you don’t have the drive to be your own boss and truly enjoy working in corporate America, by all means do so. Just know that you will be limited to what you wear ( the uniforms provided by certain companies) and the ways that you can wear your hair.


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