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Navigating Unwanted Attention to Your Natural Hair at Work: Embracing Professionalism and Comfort

Experiencing unwanted attention to your hair at work is often an unspoken issue. This discomfort and awkwardness when someone violates your personal space frequently get swept under the rug. It’s unclear if people aim to stay politically correct or if they believe that saying nothing will alleviate the discomfort. However, remaining silent can sometimes invite the behavior to persist.

“Your natural hair is professional.”

In 2017, as I embarked on my professional career and sought comfort in my natural hair journey, I realized the need for a supportive space for other professionals with natural hair. At that time, such a space seemed non-existent, prompting me to create one. This marked the beginning of my journey to embrace the natural texture of my hair in all professional settings.

Throughout this journey, I reached a point where I refused to conform to society’s “standard of beauty” to make others comfortable. My goal was to help create a lane of beauty that was “uncommon” in professional environments. I aimed to shape the narrative around natural hair in the workplace and address uncomfortable situations, clarifying what behaviors are acceptable and not acceptable in the office.

Fueled by this passion, I sought to bring awareness and change to how natural hair is perceived and treated in professional settings. By fostering open conversations and advocating for respectful behavior, I hope to pave the way for others to confidently embrace their natural hair at work.

Tips for Managing Unwanted Attention to Your Natural Hair at Work

  1. Set Clear Boundaries:

    • Politely but firmly communicate your discomfort when someone invades your personal space or makes unwelcome comments about your hair. For example, you could say, “I prefer if people don’t touch my hair, thank you.”
  2. Educate Your Colleagues:

    • Share resources or initiate conversations about the significance and professionalism of natural hair. This can help dispel myths and encourage a more inclusive environment.
  3. Find or Create Support Networks:

    • Look for existing groups within your company or online communities that focus on natural hair. If none exist, consider starting one to provide support and share experiences.
  4. Document Incidents:

    • Keep a record of any instances where your boundaries are crossed. This documentation can be useful if you need to escalate the issue to HR or management.
  5. Practice Self-Care:

    • Managing unwanted attention can be stressful. Ensure you take time for self-care and engage in activities that reaffirm your confidence and well-being.
  6. Seek Allyship:

    • Find allies within your workplace who understand and support your stance. Allies can help advocate for respectful behavior and reinforce the importance of maintaining a professional and inclusive environment.
  7. Stay Informed About Policies:

    • Familiarize yourself with your company’s policies on diversity, inclusion, and respectful workplace behavior. Understanding these policies can empower you to address any issues more effectively.

By implementing these tips, you can navigate unwanted attention to your natural hair at work with greater confidence and help foster a more inclusive and respectful workplace culture.

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Meet the founder behind Corporate Curly – a brand crafted with love to uplift the modern working woman through natural hair care, workwear inspiration, and career guidance. This journey isn't just about business; it's about pouring my heart into empowering women like you to embrace their authenticity and thrive in every aspect of their professional lives.