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hair at work?

Hi, I just registered here so that I can ask this question:
How do you wear your hair at work? Do you wear it down, or always tie it back? If you put it up, what are you doing with it? I'm graduating from grad school and I'm starting my job in a few weeks.

I generally wear my hair completely down or in a pony tail, and I'm afraid that I'll look unprofessional or too young. (I'm in my mid-twenties but I look younger.) Also, do you get treated differently for having "messy" curly hair at work? Should I straighten it?

This is my first real job and for some reason all of my anxiety about it is going to my appearance -- what to wear, and how to deal with my hair!! I'm generally a casual dresser, no makeup, etc. type of person, so I feel like I need to make a transformation into a more professional appearance. My work environment will be fairly conservative and it's a male dominated profession. There will be some people close to my age, but I may be the youngest.

I have fine 2c hair that's a little longer than shoulder length ( & it has long layers). I recently cut it from bra strap length because it was looking a little stringy.

thank you!

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  • DominicanaHeatDominicanaHeat Posts: 2,729Registered Users
    I wear it however I usually wear it. Down, halfway pulled back, ponytail, bun. I work at a lawfirm.
    3a/3b thick coarse WL dark brown hair. CG/Mod CG since: 5/4/05. Current products: Right now my hair is in such a tizzy over this winter weather we are hving that nothing really seems to be working. I need a haircut.
  • CurlyJoviFanCurlyJoviFan Posts: 65Registered Users
    i work in an office in design, and my hair gets in the way and REALLY annoys me so I tie it back, or just ake the front section and use a clip.

    I also LOVE a clip that I have, I'm not sure what it's called but it's oval with a celtic pattern on, I gather my hair at my neck and hold the clip there, then push a stick through the clip which holds it all day. I have bits that fall down and look cute!

    I can't think what those clips are called.
    Don't know what my hair type is really!!

    pw: hairdrama
    Last time I used straightners: Friday 17th May (I'm really trying now!)
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I am a manager at a large corporation. I wear my hair down and curly. Several of the women who work for me have curly hair too, including one with gorgeous, wild elbow-length spirals. It really bugs me that in some workplaces, curls are seen as unprofessional.
  • msgibletmsgiblet Posts: 5,825Registered Users
    I work in a large corporate law firm and I always wear my hair down. I don't like to come into the office with it wet, but other than that anything seems to go. We have quite a few wild curly girls here, along with some that aren't curly but have some pretty wild styles & color and no one seems to care. We can't wear jeans or sneakers except every once in awhile on Fridays -- but not every Friday. They are pretty strict with the dress code, but haven't said anything about hair.
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Fmsgiblet%2F" class="Popup - pw: gibber -- Pics Added 7/10/11
    Fine, Thick, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity

    Countess Balashi of Divi Beach in the Order of the Curly Crusaders :occasion5:

    If I'm Going To Have A Bad Hair Day, It Might As Well Be In Aruba!

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  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    I wear my hair down and curly.
    Brooklyn, NY

    Hair: 3A/B, Underlayer of 2B
    HG products:
    Winter- Giovanni Tea Tree (co-wash) & 50/50 (condish); Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Leave-In; Curls Milkshake & Quenched Curls; Re:coil; BRHG
    Summer: DevaCurl No Poo & OneC; CK; Re:coil; BRHG; Honey!!!

    fotki pw= crrrls
  • memesmemes Posts: 785Registered Users
    I've always worn my hair however I felt like but always curly. I've never had anyone suggest there was anything the matter with it. I'm an architect though and people tend to accept a less controlled look from us creative types. I've done quite a bit of corporate work though (hospitals, schoools, etc) and have never sensed any resistance to my hair.

    Michelle
    3A, fine but thick, low porosity, low to medium resilience, protein sensitive but not to silk

    Favorites: Anything from Curly Kinks...their system is my new holy grail. Still liking Juice Organics Orange and TJ Refresh Conditioners as all purpose co-wash and rinse outs.
  • prettyhxcprettyhxc Posts: 59Registered Users
    well my hair is short so i just wear it out. i put little butterfly clips in it sometimes or a headband. there's not much i can do to it that won't make me look like i'm 3. i've actually been looking for some more styles to do with my hair. i work in a government office building. everything here is pretty lax though unless you are a higher up
    6 years natural and loving it
    4B hair

    Current Products
    Shampoos: DevaCurl Low Poo, Kinky Curly Clean
    Conditioners: DevaCurl One Condition, Elucense
    Leave ins: Kinky Curly Knot Today, Curl Junkie Smoother Conditioner
    Stylers: Kinky Curly Curling Custard, Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel,
    Oyen Handmade Juice & Berries
  • SarahstarzsSarahstarzs Posts: 31Registered Users
    I work for an associatation and I usually wear my hair down and curly at the office. When I am interacting with the members I usually straighten it or put it because I look about ten years older with straight hair.
  • Aries_jbAries_jb Posts: 1,556Registered Users
    I normally wear it down, but only if I'm having a good hair day, which I usually do. A bad hair day leaves me with flyaway, frizzy, out of control hair, which isn't professional to me. On bad hair days, I put it up in a loose bun with hairsticks or a banana clip (not sure if that's what it's called).
    www.myspace.com/littlemonkey0403
    3B that is no longer CG, but still endeavors to have healthy hair by not using sulfates.

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