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    Posted: Oct 08 2011 at 8:30pm
Hi ladies, I just wanted to start up a discussion about wearing braids/twists in the workplace. I know it used to be (somewhat) an issue like 20 yrs ago but with the constant invention of new styles and fads, how does it go now? Weaves and microbraids are pretty much classic styles, I don't think there should be any problems with those as long as they appear to be neat. At the moment, I'm just getting ready to hop back into the job market (in Oz) and I've noticed that companies tend to be very conservative. I currently have open-ended individuals installed and even though I do take care of them, it does make me a slight bit nervous going on interviews. I've pretty much decided in regards to that, the safest thing I can do is just bun it up. How about the ladies with the crochet braids, box braids, treebraids, senegalese & kinky twists? Has your hairstyle turned off any potential employers?
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i work in the school system..ive never gotten any flack but i will say..i am very mindful of the colors i choose..im kind of plain anyways..absolutely no reds and burnt oranges and all that extra stuff..i try to be more professional in my styles for the simple fact that i dont look my age and depending on how i wear my hair..i can pass for one of the kids even if im dressed up...i know im rambling but id say..be cautious of the colors..but you know what..even with that..for some people..it just works regardless..so its all in how you present yourself at the end of the day
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Well I am in the US but about ten years ago when I wore braids, I didn't get much criticism about them.  But the colors was close to my natural hair and I didn't have it flowing past my buttocks (but that is a personal matter of taste).
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Originally posted by dlavish dlavish wrote:

i work in the school system..ive never gotten any flack but i will say..i am very mindful of the colors i choose..im kind of plain anyways..absolutely no reds and burnt oranges and all that extra stuff..i try to be more professional in my styles for the simple fact that i dont look my age and depending on how i wear my hair..i can pass for one of the kids even if im dressed up...i know im rambling but id say..be cautious of the colors..but you know what..even with that..for some people..it just works regardless..so its all in how you present yourself at the end of the day



Originally posted by NARSAddict NARSAddict wrote:

Well I am in the US but about ten years ago when I wore braids, I didn't get much criticism about them.  But the colors was close to my natural hair and I didn't have it flowing past my buttocks (but that is a personal matter of taste).


Yeah, I am already cautious of colors. I don't like it when ppl have some loud colors, especially when it comes to some blondes. TBH, blonde is the scariest color of them all, lol. The most I might go in coloring is a 1b/30 or maybe like a 99j (deep burgundy/wine). As for length, I do love wearing my braids long but I probably won't be seen in anything longer than a 28-30" curly and 26" straight (about lower back for me) <-- come to think of it, are those lengths excessive?
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I'm usually conservative about the color and length.  You can't go wrong with a bun.
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I am happy you posted this! I haven't thought about this at all! I am currently a college student & I was actually about to start job searching again! I didn't think about my hair being conservative enough for the work place! And I am actually one of those people that like to experiment with color! LOL 




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The job market is effed up regardless. Just be yourself. Dress neatly and maintain a neat appearance. Your hairstyle shouldn't matter at all to any decent, non-racist, non-fascist employer as long as your hair is clean and neat and, if required for safety on the job, possibly pulled away from your face or out of your eyes.
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As for length, I do love wearing my braids long but I probably won't be seen in anything longer than a 28-30" curly and 26" straight (about lower back for me) <-- come to think of it, are those lengths excessive?


^^ Where do YOU work? Ouch
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I was in management human resources for several years. It is about qualifications and how well you come across in the interview. Most people do not look at and judge how well you will perform a job based on whether you are wearing braids or not. Now keep in mind some people have their own personal prejudices and you cannot get around that. For example: Say if the person you interview with is natural, an thinks that any black who would relax their curl is a sellout. Well she might be prejudice against you, if u have a relaxer. Of course she cannot tell you that.....Wear you hair the way you like, as long as it is not purple or green, most people will not make a difference.....My doctor has locs down to his butt and he is tall. And he works in someone elses office, it is not his own practice......Build your resume and interview skills, and learn some background about the company that you are interviewing with.

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IA with everyone who said that it does not matter.
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