Back to School Do’s & Don’t’s

This weeks #workitwednesday features tips from  Mother,  Wife, Blogger, and Service Management/Data Support Administrator, Kamilah Thomas.

Well, summer break is officially over and it’s back to school for our Lil’ Naturalistas/Naturalistos. It’s important that we stick to a realistic healthy regimen to ensure optimum health throughout these busy winter months. Here are some do’s and don’ts for you to consider when styling your child’s hair throughout the school year.image-27

Do’s:

1. Be sure to keep the hair and scalp clean of any product build up that may cause blockage to the pores. The recommendation would be to wash, deep condition and style the hair once every 1-2 weeks depending what your schedule permits.

2. Keep the hair moisturized throughout the week as needed by re-applying water/oil/cream to moisturize and seal and lock the moisture into the hair.

3. Be sure to protect the tresses by covering the hair with a silk/satin bonnet or sleeping on a silk/satin pillow case. This will also help to minimize the frizz and help your style to stay looking fresh longer.

4. Low manipulation is a must. Minimize the use of combs, brushes and heat styling as much as possible. This will limit the amount of damage and breakage that is sometimes cause by frequent use of these styling tools.

Don’ts

1. Don’t assume that because your child’s hair is in a protective style that it doesn’t need to be attended to. You should still moisturize the hair while utilizing protective styles.

2. Don’t be a product junkie. Find a shampoo, deep conditioner, leave-in conditioner, and moisturizer that work for your child’s hair and stick to using those products. You don’t need to use too many products, it’s just not necessary. I can assure you that your pocketbook will thank you for obeying this tip.

3. Don’t allow your child to sleep without protecting his/her tresses. The friction from sleeping on cotton sheets/pillow cases can cause dryness and damage to one’s hair. It’s important to ensure that your child is sleeping with a silk/satin cap or pillow case.

4. Don’t style your child’s hair in ways that may cause damage to the hair/scalp. Ensure that if you are styling your child’s hair in braids or ponytails that it’s not pulling to tightly as this could cause permanent damage to the child’s hair line or cause traction alopecia. If you notice bumps on the scalp or breakage to the edges of the hair, you should remove the style immediately to limit any further damage.

I hope these few tips will help you to keep your child’s hair healthy during these busy winter months and make it easier for you to achieve your growth goals as well.

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#WorkItWednesday: LaShina Thomas

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Occupation: Hospital Pharmacist

 

I use to be one of those girls that needed the creamy crack (relaxer). Every 8 weeks or so, I would go to have my hair fried.  In 2009, I made the decision to no longer relax my hair and switched to Keratin treatments.  That only lasted for so long and was a bit pricey.  In 2012, I went cold turkey.  It was a battle because I was so use to straight hair I did not know what to do.  I needed to find something that would look nice and hold up from working out.  I signed up for CurlBox because sampling various products started to add up.  I used Hair Rules Nourishment Leave In Conditioner from August’s CurlBox.  My co-workers must have been tired of my pony tail (I just recently cut about 3 inches of my hair).  So I have received several compliments about curl pattern, my hair feeling soft, and it looking healthy.

 

#WorkItWednesdays: Lisa Girasa

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Occupation: Therapist

I used to be pretty paranoid about letting my hair go and be its natural self in the work place. I’m a therapist and I was “conditioned” to believe that my big fro wouldn’t give me credibility. Tons of gel and then slicked back tight into a bun or shaved off completely. Now forget about it! I love my 3c verging on 4a curls! I think that love and acceptance has given me the confidence to be me, including letting my hair be. I even love my hair best when the curls are roughed up and kinda frizzy like yarn. Once I let go, I suddenly got tons of compliments about my hair (I was shocked). I still wrap my hair in a scarf a couple of days a week to protect it but other than that, out, big and proud!

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#WorkIt: Color, Length, Texture, Parts AT WORK

Today’s #workitwednesday piece is an excerpt from ELLE Magazine’s discussion about hair styling and the professional world. The discussion is led by the findings of psychologist, Midge Wilson and the expert opinions of stylist. 

The original article was written in 2010… however many of the same views still exist.

Read and tell us what you think on their take on hair and the work place.

“Though policies on what hairstyles are acceptable in the workplace have loosened, hair can still signify certain levels of professionalism,” says Midge Wilson, PhD, professor of psychology at DePaul University.

The question is what sort of messages are your tresses sending? Is your hair helping you rise to the top—or holding you back?

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Blonde: Marissa A. Mayer -CEO & President, Yahoo
Brunette: Indra Nooyi- Chairperson & CEO, Pepsico

BLOND VS. BRUNETTE
Experts agree that blonds tend to be seen as more fun than brunettes. “Of course they have more fun,” says a L’Oréal Professionnel INOA colorist. “They’re radiating light everywhere and beaming energy.”

And dumb-blond jokes still have a way of creeping into conversation.

But now there’s evidence that blonds are beginning to get a more serious rep. While a 2002 survey by Clairol revealed that of the 1,000-plus women interviewed, 76 percent believed the first female president of the United States would be a brunette, a similar survey by Clairol in 2008 yielded split results between a brunette and a blond.

“Today blond women are the new brunettes, and they have Hillary Clinton to thank for that,” says a senior NYC stylist. “She’s a powerful woman, telling it like it is, sitting down with heads of state from all over the world. I don’t know how much fun she’s having, but she’s being taken seriously.”

Interestingly, if you’re in a creative or artsy field, says Wilson, it could be to your advantage to go either superblond (think Agyness Deyn’s platinum phase) or superdark (note Nicole Richie’s deep brown locks), rather than choosing an au naturel hue, which tends to send a neutral message.

“While a natural-looking color fits in better at more conservative offices, bold color can be an asset in the creative workplace.”

Blond or brunette, a strong statement that doesn’t bode well is grown-out color.

“If you attend an interview and your roots are blatantly showing…”

REDHEADS
The majority of women surveyed by Clairol in 2008 said that if they could change their hair color for a day, they’d go red—and it’s no wonder: Think the True Blood ladies, Julianne Moore…

In the workplace, those with Moore’s fiery hair color are seen as “strong, passionate, and goal-oriented individuals who get the job done.”

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Hilary Clinton- Former Secretary of State, Senator, & First Lady

SHORT HAIR VS. LONG HAIR

“I cut it when I was working in defense in Washington, D.C., and the male reaction was pretty chilly. There were maybe one or two male law-enforcement agents who were complimentary and said they preferred short hair, but the rest were openly perplexed. I found the majority of men preferred women to appear traditionally feminine, and they didn’t get and certainly weren’t drawn to any androgynous bent—be it hair or dress or whatever.”

“A lot of men in the workplace make assumptions about a woman’s sexual orientation based on the length of her hair,” acknowledges Wilson, who says that fellow female employees tend to be more embracing.

There’s an implied confidence about a women who wears a shorter cut.

“It always seems that in a group, it’s the girl with short hair who comes off as the most confident, youthful, fun, and flirty. It takes a lot of self-assurance to pull off a short hairstyle, but as long as you love it, you can rock it.”

Regardless of length, Wilson says the key is giving the impression that your hair is low-maintenance: “Short and manageable or, if it’s long, pulled back into a chignon or low ponytail—so that you’re not shaking it out of your eyes, tucking it behind your ear, and wrapping your finger around it,” she says. “These kinds of things can be very distracting and can send the message that you aren’t task-focused.”

CURLY VS. STRAIGHT
“Straight hair reflects more shine than curly hair, feels more groomed, and can be slimming,” says a Kérestase celebrity colorist and stylist, adding that in the workplace, women with straight hair are often perceived as being more serious than those with curls.

“Curly haired women are thought to be carefree and approachable.”

But while those with sleek strands might convey steadfast efficiency, “women with curly hair are seen as risk-takers—people that are prepared to go out on a limb for the company.”

The one rule of thumb when it comes to curls: Keep them well-coiffed. “If you choose to wear your hair curly for an interview, make sure it’s under control and doesn’t upstage you and your talents,” says Erin Anderson.

In order to have “consistent, not frizzy” coils some styling is necessary.

BANGS Blunt bangs are often interpreted as trendy and bold—perfect for creative workplaces. “You will definitely give off a high-fashion, strong, and secure message with blunt bangs.”

“It gives you a very definitive look.”

Side-swept fringe accentuates eyes and cheekbones and complements a wider variety of hair textures and face shapes. Side-swept fringe is also regarded as softer and better suited for conservative office settings.

MIDDLE PART VS. SIDE PART

The verdict on middle versus side parts: Like blunt bangs, a middle part is considered a bolder, edgier statement than the side-swept alternative, which Javier calls “more preppy and sophisticated.”

For a job interview, Vides suggests a side part or no part at all: “It’s less distracting and frames your face in a softer way, so it puts more emphasis on the total image you are presenting.”

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Alex Wagner- Political analyst and host of MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner

While the impact of a side part might be less severe than its center counterpart, don’t discount the more subtle message at play, say siblings John and Catherine Walter, whose 1999 “Hair Part Theory” garnered considerable interest from the media (The Atlantic Monthly printed an article about the study upon its release). In matching the hair parts of U.S. congressmen, state governors, and presidents against key success factors, the Walters found that a left part draws unconscious attention to activities controlled by the left hemisphere of the brain—i.e., logic, problem-solving, linear thinking, etc.—and that politicians with left parts historically fare better. In a 2001 New Yorker article, the Walters even supposed that Al Gore’s right part was the reason for his losing to the left-parted George W. Bush, pointing out that only three elected American presidents had a right-side part.

Outside of political circles, the right part fares more positively—especially if your aim is to become the next Elizabeth Gilbert or Lady Gaga. The Hair Part Theory purports that unconscious attention is drawn to activities controlled by the right hemisphere of the brain—i.e., visual, artistic, and musical skills, nonlinear thinking, etc. “The best writers, eggheads, and artists tend to part their hair on the right,” noted Washington Post writer Henry Mitchell in 1979, who hypothesized that Jimmy Carter—a president plagued by unpopularity—switched from a right to left part midterm in hopes of separating himself from this elite and regaining a “populist image.”

HAVING A HEALTHY HAIR IMAGE
No matter how society, employees, or potential employers may perceive certain hairdos, experts say the most office-appropriate coifs are ultimately the ones that make you feel most comfortable and confident.

Women should to tailor their hairstyle to their office atmosphere without compromising their personal aesthetic: “You should be respectful of your work environment but still be able to show your true personality traits through your hairstyle.”

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Ursal Burns- Madame Chairman & CEO, Xerox

Striking a balance is important, says social psychologist Wilson, because wearing a do that’s outside the realm of your comfort zone can result in a lack of confidence.

To read the full article visit ELLE

NOW… We want to know what you think. Do you agree or do they have it all wrong?

#workitwednsday: Essense Magazine’s New Editor-in-chief, Vanessa Bush

#workitwednsday: Essense Magazine's New Editor-in-chief, Vanessa Bush

In her new role, Bush intends to address the fact that many black women, while more optimistic about their lives than ever according to various reports, are still dissatisfied with their representation in media.
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#workit: Clean vs Dirty

From our friends over at Dating Tourettes…#workit

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Since I’m on the topic of hair today…

A man just came into my office raving about my hair and how great it looked. Now, I usually wash my hair every day but recently there are times when I go two days without washing it. Since I have started doing this, I get so many more compliments on my hair. Most of my clean hair compliments come from women. The dirty hair compliments come from men. I just don’t understand.

The first time I made the connection and started paying attention to clean hair days vs dirty hair days was a few months ago when I hauled some stuff off to the dump and the guy at the dump hit on me. Seriously…at the dump. He also complimented my hair over and over again, remembered me from previous jaunts to the dump, and invited me come to back any time…

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