Help! Labeled "unprofessional"

My manager just told me that my long 2b/c hair looks like it's not combed and unprofessional and says it could be holding me back and keeping me from being taken seriously.

Any hairstyle ideas for me? Or products that provide more definition? Or anything?

My hair is long enough to fall just past my bra strap and has a few longer layers and I wear bangs, which are usually straighter than anything else. I live in a city with high humidity.
Well it depends on your career/job IMO. If you are in the corporate professional area then maybe wearing it down would be inappropriate. I know a few 3b-c women that come into my shop are attorneys, and they wear their hair up when in the office/court. If it is a casual office and other straighties are wearing their hair down as well then I think it is not appropriate for your boss to address your appearance, thus singling you out. Check your office dress code or speak with your HR person about the dress attire that is acceptable. While I know that changing the world view of curliness is what we would all like to do, IMO your career is more important than a hairdo.

That said I would just say that a loose bun or twist would suffice for daily office grind. Maybe pinned back on the sides for casual Fridays? You can look at my fotki link below for more updo ideas.
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I work in higher ed, but in administration and image counts. My main problem is that blowdryers and I don't get along, second day hair is usually a disaster, and it takes my 2/3a hair 6 hours to dry. Anyway, what I often do is to put my hair up in a twist in the back with a clip. It kills the curl (mostly) but it also kills the frizz if I put a bit of anti-frizz cream in it (often aussie). It looks reasonably professional, but I can still be curly on non "face-time" days and I don't have to destroy my hair (and my mornings) with a flat-iron.
I was goign to suggest pulling it back or up too. Even just putting your hair in a barette or pony tail near the base of your neck might be enough. Or just pull back the front side pieces.

I'm kinda of wrestling with this issue too. I think with wavy hair it can be hard to wear it more natural without it looking "messy" at the office.
If it is a casual office and other straighties are wearing their hair down as well then I think it is not appropriate for your boss to address your appearance, thus singling you out. Check your office dress code or speak with your HR person about the dress attire that is acceptable.
Originally Posted by echokitten
I agree. How do the other women in your office wear their hair? If many wear their hair down, your manager's comment was completely inappropriate IMO. If the others wear it up it might be a good idea to start doing the same.
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Most of the office is casual - jeans and sneakers casual. Hardly anyone wears their hair up. But I'm in the training department and she wants us to be more professional than that.

Thanks for some of the posted ideas. I'll try them!
Most of the office is casual - jeans and sneakers casual. Hardly anyone wears their hair up. But I'm in the training department and she wants us to be more professional than that.

Thanks for some of the posted ideas. I'll try them!
Originally Posted by ChynnaBlue
So did straight haired people in the training department get pulled aside or only you? This situation makes me very uneasy.

Wow - I find that comment your manager made to be very narrow-minded and offensive. Sorry - that's just my two cents. I think your manager and I would not get along.
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That's pretty harsh. Can you post a photo? Sometimes a different cut can make all the difference, even though your hair is still the same.
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