Locs in the Workplace: How to Wear Your Locs at Work
It shouldn't matter how you wear your hair to work as long as it's professional, but unfortunately, the standards of what's professional or not is a construct in today's society. Black people, especially women, have had our hair policed for eons, and this is especially true in the workplace. This talk about natural hair in the workplace is still a topic of frequent debate and conversation, which is absurd.
So much so that in 2019 The state of California enacted the CROWN Act, which is a law that extends protection under the FEHA and the California Education Code forbids discrimination based on hair texture and style. The first state-level law to be passed in the US prohibits such discrimination. In short, yes, your natural hair is professional.
The CROWN Act is a step forward in the right direction, but truth be told, such hair discrimination exists everywhere. Still, as strong independent women, we shouldn't care how people deem our hair, especially the way it naturally grows out of our scalp. Don't be reluctant to go to work with your natural hair on full display.
You don't always need to adhere to or meet the expectations of beauty that society places on us. As you establish your professionalism in the workplace, that should speak for itself, not the way you choose to wear your hair; afro hairstyles should be subject to fewer restrictions.
One of these styles is locs. Locs are as beautiful and unique as the people who choose to wear their hair in this style. You are undoubtedly already aware of some people's stereotypes, which can occasionally be unfavorable, regarding those with locs. Although it would be nice to live in a world where locs wouldn't impact how you are seen at work.
Unfortunately, that's not the case.
However, there are many ways you can style your locs for the workplace without hiding them or wearing them in a way that's not true to who you are. You want to ensure that they are neat and clean and have more neutral tones and conventional silhouettes.
On that note, here are a couple of ways to wear your locs at work and what styles we recommend for the professional working woman.
You can wear your locs to work like Model and Actor Tamika De Miller,
She has long, sleek, and uniform-hued locs worn straight and accessorized with minimal jewelry and hair jewelry.
You can get a similarly straightforward and straight loc look with our Boho Supreme Locs. You can go more understated in the Midnight color or more boldly with Lit.
Content Creator DaeLocs is shown here in an effortless and elegant loc style that can take you from the office to a night out. She styled her like up into a nicely coiffed updo. Not only is this style easy to maintain, but it gets your hair out of your face and, once wrapped up in a headscarf at night, can be maintained for days and get you out the door faster.
For DaeLocs' style, try our Bob Boho Goddess Locs in Bronde.
The bob style would make it easier to achieve her look, but you can make it work with our longer styles in the Goddess Locs; it would require a bit more effort.
Let's give it up for all the medical workers out there!
Whether in a pantsuit or scrubs, you can wear your locs to work, like Travel Nurse Camesha Gordon BSN, RN. Rocking locs and saving lives. Locs can be the perfect style for ladies who work in the medical field, as it doesn't require so much maintenance.
If you want a similar easy go-to style go for our Boho Short Twists Bob in Bey-Bronde. You can style your locs like Camesha, tied up in a ponytail and accessorized with shell beads for extra flair and personalization.
Each of our Boho Locs kits comes with a 30-piece accessory kit, so you're ready to add some extras to your locs right out the gate!
We want these ladies to be examples for you to be confident wearing your hair at work or in a professional setting like job interviews.
Your natural hair is alluring, and no matter whether you choose to wear it in its natural state or style like locs, wear your style with pride. When you're confident with yourself, you radiate that confidence.
Give them something to talk about as you thrive, take on the world as the Queens you are, and let your hair be a part of your statement.