Then be the real you. Engage as much as you can. When you start to lose your will to live through the conversation, excuse yourself and move on to another conversation.

Or just walk around the whole time saying hello, smiling politely a couple of times and then go.

But I tend to go to work stuff because I don't want to seem like I hate my job.

Mix of 3s, thick, coarse, medium porosity

Current hair styling technique: rake with a scrunch at the end. (works with my coarse hair)
pw: curls

Known HGs: KCCC, homemade fsg, honey