The debate around whether natural hair has a place in the corporate working world is one that many professional black women have had to entertain, either internally or with others, at some point in their careers. Myself being one of them. So, I was delighted when one of the largest online communities for natural haired women, 4c Hair Chick, asked to sit down for some real-talk about my experiences being a curly girl in the corporate world. Check out the resulting article:
“On a cool day in New York in April 2011, a University of Southern California graduate named Zoé Zeigler sat in a hotel awaiting an interview that held the possibility of promotion with her employer, Toyota North America, a multinational organization.
Passing time, Zeigler found herself taking self-photographs to commemorate the day.
Staring back at the recent snapshots illuminated on her laptop screen, Zeigler sat in disbelief at what she saw. In every photo stood a stranger she did not recognize. The magenta blouse that she wore was present but the natural hair she had grown to love was not.
“I didn’t feel like myself,” Zeigler said.
Hours before her interview, Zeigler straightened her natural hair. Six months into her natural hair journey, she swapped her beloved curls for an appropriate, professional hairstyle that she believed would make a lasting impression…”
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