My whole working career I’ve had my hair natural. I didn’t have locs for my first professional job, and typically wore my hair in a puff. It’s been a few years, but I believe I had my hair in yarn braids on my interview day for that job.
When I moved to San Diego I locd my hair soon after. After that, I was then on the hunt for a new job. My locs were a bit shorter than shoulder length at the time. On a day to day basis I typically wore my hair down, but didn’t feel completely comfortable with that look for my interview day. I was a bit self conscious and had reached a point in my journey where I felt my locs weren’t growing.
Locs in The Workplace
There is a lot to say with locs and perceived professionalism in the working world. There have been a lot of documented cases of people unfairly discriminating against employees/potential hires with locs. – Competent employees fired for their refusal to change their hairstyles. This type of discrimination has rightly been accused as a way of targeting the black men and women who typically wear those styles.
All of that said, I did have it in the back of my mind of how my locs could affect my prospects in the job market. However, whatever hesitancy I had was outweighed by the conviction and privilege I had. That is, I was willing wait for a company that didn’t believe locs and professionalism were at odds. Fortunately, I don’t believe I personally encountered any discrimination against my locs. Reactions to my locs at work have all ranged from the equally acceptable responses of indifference to complimentary.
Either way, I thought it would be helpful to share my experience. Also, I thought it would just be fun to just recreate some prior locs looks and outfits from the past.
This first dress I always think of as my “go to interview dress.” Super light and comfortable. This was the dress I wore for my first job out of school.
On my second look, I was already settled in my job at the time, but was looking for something different. A side swiped bun was my favorite way to style my starter locs for interviews. This particular interview was during the winter on the east coast. I wore a turtleneck dress from Zara with capped sleeves.
My third and final look is from my most recent job. I think it was my first time wearing pants to an interview and I also wore my hair down that time. I am happy at my current job and writing this has been nostalgic thinking of how I got there.
Thanks for stopping by! Best of luck to any locers looking for some inspiration on their job hunt.