GET EMAIL UPDATES FROM POWERTOFLY
By signing up you accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy
BROWSE CATEGORIES
GET EMAIL UPDATES FROM POWERTOFLY
Work-Life Integration

Office Hair, Don't Care

Most of the PowerToFly staff live distributed across the globe, so I often have the luxury of working from home, if I choose to. It's a privilege I don't take lightly. It's so nice to be able to avoid the nightmare that is the subway system in NYC every morning, or work in sweats when I come down with a cold.

But when I do go into the office, one thing always comes up: how will I style my hair? As a black woman, I'm very aware of how black hair is perceived and policed. I'll give you an example. In college, my friend, a summer intern at a company in the city, decided to get box braids. If you aren't familiar, box braids are a popular protective style among black women that keep our hair healthy and out of harsh elements. More importantly, this hairstyle is a huge time saver. But, it's not a simple process. Your hairdresser has to have some serious skills and the style takes about 5 hours to complete. So imagine my friend's shock when she was asked by her boss to "just put her hair back to what it was before." It's insulting to invest that much time and money into your appearance only for people around you to suggest you undo it. It might seem ridiculous to try to appease everyone with something as seemingly insignificant as hair, but that's the reality for some black women.

So, what do I do in times of need? Head to my favorite place of all time, of course: YouTube.

If you read my recent post, you know how much I enjoy the platform and all it can do. YouTube contains a wealth of resources, and hair tips are no exception. Below are just a few of the awesome women who are helping us naturals navigate styling our hair for the workplace.

4 Natural Hair Professional Looks Great for Work/Interview

MST1806 brings you 4 simple and sleek hairstyles for the workplace. With enough practice, you'll be able to perfect these styles in no time. Plus, she gives you options so you can tweak them according to your preferences.

Quick Professional Styles 4 Work (Medium/Long Natural Hair)

Another great resource. This time, for those of you out there with longer hair. It can be really tough to figure out what to do after you reach shoulder length hair. I'm at that stage now, and my go-to is a bun. Thank goodness OhGinelle came through with these hairstyles so I can switch it up!

10 Quick & Easy Professional Hairstyles for Curly Hair

10 hairstyles? Yup, you read that right! I love how easily customizable these styles are regardless of hair length. And she even adds in a couple of accessories like headbands, which can really transform a regular hairstyle into something special.

4 Hairstyles That'll Take 5min or LESS | Natural Hair

Not all natural hair is created equally. Depending on hair length and texture, certain hair styles might not work. AsToldByAliie's video highlights some great styles for 4c hair, which is often left out of the movement. These are super quick, too, so you can totally do them the morning of instead of the night before.

Do you follow any other natural blogs or YouTubers? I want to see them. Let me know on Twitter: @powertofly

Work-Life Integration

8 Questions to Ask Yourself to Determine If You’re Burning Out—And What to Do If You Are

I thought about writing this blog piece like one of those quizzes that used to be on the back pages of Seventeen and Cosmo where each question would offer several answers of varying point levels and you'd pick one answer per question, tally up your points at the end, and match your score to one of several possible results.

READ MORE AND DISCUSS Show less
Surescripts, LLC

Applying & Interviewing at Surescripts — Technical Recruiter Michelle Baker Shares Her Tips

Meet Michelle Baker, a technical recruiter at Surescripts. She shared her top tips for applying to Surescripts.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the company's interview process, culture, and values, and learn how you can best prepare for interviews!

To learn more about Surescripts and their open roles, click here.

For Employers

How Leaders Can Support Their Black Employees

A five-step framework for addressing systematic racism at work

The world has changed in the past few weeks.

We're watching corporations and organizations across the world come out in support of Black lives in droves. Many of those organizations are doing so for the first time in their history.

READ MORE AND DISCUSS Show less
Career Advice

How Viasat’s Jasmine Harvey Architects Her Own Career

Jasmine Harvey is pursuing her MBA while working full-time as a buyer for Viasat, a global communications and satellite internet company. Balancing home, work, and school while maintaining a 3.9 grade point average has been quite a challenge. Jasmine had a perfect 4.0 until she took one of the hardest classes in her program, Managerial Economics and Global, during this COVID pandemic. She finished a full 15 percentage points above the class average, but was still 0.6 points away from an "A".

READ MORE AND DISCUSS Show less
Career Advice

How CSL's Kristen Krebs Applies Her Psychology PhD at a Biotech Leader

If you had asked Kristen Krebs what her dream job was when she was studying for her PhD in Industrial/Organizational psychology at DePaul, she might not have known exactly what title to give, but she would've described a role within a thoughtful organization where she got to make people's work experiences more positive, build a team with talented people, and feel connected to an overall mission.
READ MORE AND DISCUSS Show less
Loading...
© Rebelmouse 2020