Standards of Beauty for Women of Color in the Workplace

Women of color have always owned their intelligence and pride for their work. They’ve had to push through decades of discrimintation against their natural appearances in order to keep ranking company positions. However, in the revolutionary age of today, women of color are unapologetically flaunting their natural tresses and adornments despite the oppressive nature of the past. Here are a few professional styles of beauty for women of color for today’s workplace.


Mid-High Bun/Puff

A mid-high puff is a great way to protray a professional presentation with minimal effort. Tucked ends with bobbi pins is sleek and shows off natural features. This style will have you ready for your next board meeting.


Twist Out

Twist outs and twist-n-curls are the perfect way to express yourself and showcasing your curls in a professional way. Big hair in the workplace let’s the world know that you’re fearless, posess a big personality, and ready for any challenge. Although overnight prep is required, this style can last you through Wednesday.


Braids & Twists

Braids and twists are the ultimate protective style that last well over four weeks at a time. They can be styled virtually any way possible with endless professional styles. Wear them up in a bun or down the shoulders will give you different styles each day of the week. Ensure an effortless professional look with braids or twists.


Pressed Straight

Pressed straight is the most traditional way to style your hair for a universal professional appearance. Although permed hairstyling is a thing of the past, you can still achieve this sleek look with a flat iron press. However, be ware of overly pressing your natural curls, as this may compromise the integrity of your hair’s versatility and health. This style, if maintained properly, is sure to last through Thursday or Friday.


Short Bob

Having a short bob hair cut displays the perfect “boss babe” persona. This style is also prized for its versatility because it can communicate your professionalism during the day, and femininely fun after work. Style this look with curls or bone straight to accommodate your wardrobe.


Ultra Short / Low Cut

This style scores a ten on the minimalist, low maintenance scale. If “wake up and go” was a hairstyle, this is it. Communicate your bold and bossy personality with a professionally barbered low cut fit for a Queen. Accentuate your natural features with a hint of make up and gorgeous jewelry, and you’re sure to turn heads at the office.

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