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    Red face Is big hair ok for work?

    Hi all!

    It's unfortunate that I even have to question this but do you think big hair is work appropriate? I've worn my natural hair for years but it's usually in a sleek puff. Now I'm trying a new protective style for the fall and it's voluminous and curly but neat (think bantu knot out or twist out on thick hair.) There are women that also wear the long twists and braids and other natural styles. Thoughts? Thanks yall!

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    It's always ok until it's not. In other words, if you wear your hair that way and nobody complains, go for it. You're not going to know until you try it.
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    Also, it depends on you. Personally, I'm conservative as all get out mon-fri, Probably 90% of the time. I might let my bohemian-inner-child come out 1-2 times a month. Personally, I'm not comfortable when my hair is out and big (but I like to see others'). When my hair was loose, I did the big fro when I was expressing my 'I don't give a crap attitude that day.'

    Usually, my hair (be it locked or loose) is 'contained' just because I feel too much energy leave me when it's 'OUT' and I can't focus. So, I agree with KLG; but, I also think it highly depends on your comfort level. You will have to test it out to see .

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    I'm back in IT, at what is possibly the least-corporate corporation I've ever worked in. Folks (mostly younger men) are walking around in T-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, etc. I'm not the only natural, but I'm the only natural who isn't wearing a tidy little 'fro.

    I interviewed with my hair in a puff and showed up on the first day of work with it out. With a few exceptions, I've worn it loose and out ever since, and no one has said boo to me. My 'fro isn't anywhere near, say, Taren Guy-levels of big, but that has a lot to do with shrinkage caused by humidity. If I wanted to, I could easily take it out a couple of inches more, but I won't, even though I'd probably get away with it.

    Like KLG says, it's okay until it's not. And by the way...I'm mostly-4b, which means I'm a NAPPY natural. Been that way for nearly 19 years, just over half of that spent in corporate, and have never had an issue.

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    Unless you have a dress code that is expressly against long/loose/big hair, go for it!
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    i don't think there should be any problem with long hair on work.

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    Default Re: Is big hair ok for work?

    I'd also say go for it. It depends on your personal style combined with the company dress code as well as the departmental dress code.

    I'd advise that you don't wear anything that has you in apologetic mode. Often giving off apologetic/distracted vibes is what makes it seem inappropriate rather than the style itself.

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    Default Re: Is big hair ok for work?

    It depends upon the type of job/industry. Industries dealing with food, health, and/or professions where hair can be a hazard, I'd cover or wear sleek. Art/Music industries... I'd go wild, creatively. Anything in between... do you, unless there's a stipulation that you can't.

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    Any hairstyle that does not interfere with the effectiveness of your ability to do your job should be ok. That said, so many people are intimidated by the 'fro and in some conservative workspaces they discourage individuality and enforce conforming. I wear my hair anyway I want but I realize that's not practical for everybody.

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    Default Re: Is big hair ok for work?

    I love the answers in this thread, ladies!Even beyond where you work, I think your comfort with big hair in the workplace depends on you. Good luck!
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