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JOB INTERVIEW: Curly or Straight?

By:  Brittany On:  May 19, 2011 0 Comments

Ladies, I’m sure you’ve had this dilemma before a job interview-  should you wear your hair it its natural state or use the flat iron.  Recently, I landed a job interview and couldn’t settle on this decision, so I asked  two friends of mine (Tameka, black female; and Colin, white male)  for their opinion. They both agreed curly.

“it shouldn’t matter about your hair, only that you are qualified for the position”, says Tameka.

I completely understood what she was saying; however, I was  interviewing for a reporting position with in a “white collar” company.  I feared my hair would have been too much of a distraction or overwhelming for the interviewer considering me for a serious news job. The way I see it: big-curly hair is fun and outgoing; local news…not so much. My point was clearly proven by my male friend Colin:

“I love your hair when it’s curly, I could play in it all day” , he said.

“Playing in my hair” is definitely not what I want the hiring staff thinking about. I spent hours researching the company, paying costly amounts for printing resumes/cover letters, overnight shipping, and coming up with the perfect answers for any question thrown my way. My hair should not be the main attraction.  Although I wanted to leave my hair curly, especially because it takes so long to straighten; I asked one more person before making this decision. My dad. He is traditional, business minded, and very blunt; I will take his advice over anyone else’s, especially since I am a “daddy’s girl.

My dad says, “straight hair is more professional looking”.

Well that settles it, straight it is. Not happy because of the labor I have to do, but if I get the job (crossing my fingers), I could wear my hair however I like. Why is straighter hair considered “professional looking” ? Is it because it gives off the texture of  Caucasian hair? Is that the only  image Americans think is professional or is it the traditional way of thinking (thanks dad).  Michelle Obama should rock her locks in its natural state, maybe that will set the standards for the new professional black female in America. Ironic enough, when the employer saw my demo tape, he mentioned that he liked my hair curly and should show it more often. NEXT INTERVIEW I’M GOING NATURAL!

Best interview advice: be yourself!

Hair Dilemma: 1/2 blown out, 1/2 curly

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