For 19 years I straightened my waves and thought that it always looked more professional as well as attractive. If I wore my waves during those years, it typically meant that I was feeling lazy that morning and didn’t feel like doing my hair. Because I was straightening all of the time, when I did wear my hair wavy, it didn’t look spectacular and I didn’t really know how to style it. I just did a wash and go and the rest of the day didn’t feel confident about how my hair looked.
On one spring day in 2009 I decided to go to a job and internship fair that was being held at The University of Texas. At the end of my day there I met the team from NaturallyCurly.com and 2 weeks later I had an internship.
When NaturallyCurly met me at the job fair, my hair was straight. When I walked into the office on my first day of work, it was wavy. I decided that if I was going to work at a company called NaturallyCurly, I needed to embrace my natural look and learn ways to work with my hair.
As soon as NaturallyCurly figured out that I could write, and that I enjoyed doing it, they put me to work and had me do product reviews as well as different articles about waves. Since I am one of the only wavies in the office, I knew that I could help broaden our wavy community as well as find more products that are wavy friendly. All of this meant that I had to embrace my waves full force and not look back.
Six months later I know more about my waves than I ever have. Over the last few months I have noticed my waves actually turning into curls because I am using products that are great for my hair and I rarely straighten my wonderful waves.
I know that not everyone is as fortunate as me to work at a company that encourages me to wear my hair natural, and that in itself is unfortunate. On the other hand, I know several people who have never shown their natural side at work, and that is also unfortunate.
Often for interviews, curlies are told to tone it down so our hair doesn’t overpower everything else about us. Just keep in mind that tone it down doesn’t mean straighten, wear in a bun every day, or anything else to conceal your natural hair. It simply means that for your first interview you might want to consider doing a half up look or something else that will show off your personality, but not allow someone to judge you solely on your hair.
Wearing natural hair to your job can help you embrace it even if you don’t work for NaturallyCurly. Once you figure out that you can wear your curls to work, you will probably start wearing them in public, and then you’ll get several compliments, which will lead you to think that your natural hair really is fabulous! At least, that’s how it worked for me.
Wherever you work, find a way to show off your look instead of hiding from what you really are. Embrace what you have and remember, anyone can straighten, but not everyone can wake up with gorgeous curls.