Head Wraps in the "Work Place"???

August 13, 2013 30 Comments

There has been a fashionable emergence of head wraps being worn by a myriad of races. Do you think head wraps in the 'work place' is unprofessional? Share your thoughts.......

 

 





30 Responses

Briante K.
Briante K.

July 20, 2017

I am an African American female and I am natural. I do the twist, the twist outs, the puff, the afro, etc. I do it all! This week I didn’t do my hair because I been so tied up with a lot of things, and I wore a head wrap to work. The first day no one said anything to me, but the second day I was told that I couldn’t wear it. So i figured ill do my hair that night and not wear it again to work. but that afternoon I was approached again and was told to take it off. Go in the restroom and take it off or i will be sent home. Its the end of the day, I have only 1 hour and 30 minutes left of work? Take it off now, really? Smh, I told them i will not wear it tomorrow but i will not take my head wrap off. I cant even describe how i felt. This style is apart of my culture and im being told i cannot wear it. And my coworkers are talking behind my back, telling the boss that i need to take it off, why do i still have it on. I look nice with it on. Very professional and classy. I wear a black one so it looks more appropriate with my uniform. Im not harming anyone, i dont see the problem.

Sharmen
Sharmen

July 05, 2017

I think headwraps in the workplace are appropriate. They are very classy and professional. I believe it’s all in your confidence. Check out my, personally hand-stitched, Headwrap collection and Tutorials. www.sharmenjbeauty.com

Tamika
Tamika

June 19, 2017

I think head-wraps in the work place is appropriate. I work for a great company. I can wear my wrap everyday of the week.

Mimi
Mimi

August 25, 2016

I work for a retail company in Oregon, and was told to never wear my head wrap again by an HR representative what should I do can she say that to me ?

Susan
Susan

July 29, 2016

I’m curious, why is it ok to wear a head band but not a cute bandana?

MJ Burgess
MJ Burgess

February 05, 2016

I have been working for city government for 2 years and no one had a problem until now!!! There is a dress code in writing and it states no one should cover their head unless for medical or religious reasons however, this is a cultural issue for me. I have a right to cover my head to reflect my culture since I am considered a Black American to society. So no, I will keep wearing it and I suggest you wear yours as well. Years ago employers did not want to hire someone if they had dreadlocks. Now that is allowed. So if that is okay, my headwrap is okay too. Because I am not offending anyone. It’s a free country. Do NOT let anyone impede on your rights as a human being.

kelly
kelly

August 19, 2015

Hey ladies, black is beautiful and that’s my motto. Lately I wear head wrapps to work for self expression . Also my co workers who are black wears head wraps which gives me the confident that its ok to wear at the workplace . However, none of the supervsiors said anything about it so i guess its acceptable. Also I don’t wear it everyday at least 3 to 5 times a month. The best thing to do if your unsure is to check your company policy or ask someone in authority.

Audrey
Audrey

April 23, 2015

After 8 years of wearing mine every other week or so, I was told that it was and has always been against company policy to wear them. I have always went out the way to make it professional when I wore it (ie: makeup, suit attire, etc). As I am being told this, I see the informant is wearing flip flops (the foam, headed-to-the-beach kind with the large cheesy flower)…also against company policy. There are still many biases about it. it is often incorrectly compared to wearing a bandana.

Opi
Opi

September 28, 2014

I’m Ethiopian decent i’m a Medical Receptionist I initially went to the first interview without wearing it but Then started wearing it into work. Now I wear it everyday. Nobody seems to mind. I am going for a new job soon so I really don’t want to stop wearing it but will see how we go :)

MAKC
MAKC

August 29, 2014

ABSOLUTELY! As long as it’s worn correctly and coordinated with your attire. Be a professional at what you do and most people will overlook your out fit. I said “most people”!

Sherri
Sherri

August 27, 2014

I would love to rock the head wraps… I’m just not sure what and where to purchase them. I think they look great for the right place with the right attire.

Jillian
Jillian

May 21, 2014

I work for an IT solutions company and I am not sure if headwraps are acceptable so I’ve shied away from wearing them. I would like to see some of those styles that you all consider suitable for the workplace.

Tiffany
Tiffany

December 22, 2013

I think head-wraps in the work place is appropriate. Professional attire has evolved. We are now seeing different hair colors, hats, and hair accessories. It’s a form of self expression and each individual should be allow to use their best judgment for the occasion. Be you black girls! We rock for sure :)

Kimberly Brown
Kimberly Brown

December 22, 2013

I love this site! Im enjoying the comments as well as learning new ideas. I don’t wear head wraps very much. Still learning to wrap them.

kike
kike

November 07, 2013

It’s in my blood as an African to tie scarfs all the time….you get this natural look that everyone craves for…nothing comes out beautiful than this…you would love me more when u see my tie my traditional scarf…one love y’all

Manita
Manita

November 05, 2013

I started a new position this school year and after three months, I’m told I’m not allowed to wear my head wraps. I started the natural look in March and now that the cold weather is upon us, I couldn’t wait to wear a beautiful wrap!! I’m crushed, but will play the game.

Crystal
Crystal

October 26, 2013

OMG I’m so happy I came across this blog! I was thinking would it be appropriate for me to wear my head scarf on my head in the hospital? I work in a Cancer Center at the front desk where I can dress business casual, so I assume it would be ok. Anyway this blog is helpful!

Tabitha
Tabitha

October 24, 2013

I am a teacher and I’m also natural. Prior to and since going natural, I’ve always worn hats and scarves to work. I think it’s a great accessory.

Andrea
Andrea

September 20, 2013

I work in the Aerospace industry, and the industry isn’t as tolerant when it comes to head wraps. There are individuals who wear hats on casual Friday’s but not a head wrap. I love head wraps haven’t worn any to work just yet, may try one on a causal Friday and see if I get any comments good , bad or indifferent.

 Beulahre  Robinson
Beulahre Robinson

August 26, 2013

I have worn a headband or a scarf everyday for about two years. It is a great way to wear more colors and it’s quick and easy. I do not wear do- rags. I think it’s very stylish.

Nannie
Nannie

August 19, 2013

As a person who has health problems and can not grow hair, I fashion wraps, wigs, hats, and the bold bald no hair look. Whatever I rock, I receive compliments.Basically,I can wrap scraves, shirts, and skirts on my head. When I wrap my head, the entire outfit must come together with uniqueness. If that person is making a beautiful statement with their head wrap, I hope the employer will see that also.

Valerie
Valerie

August 19, 2013

Yes girl, I wear my head wraps to work and get a lot of compliments from other races. My manager (caucasian) thinks its so cool, I can change up my hair accessaries. I keep them on their toes they are always looking forward for something different from me. BGR…

Malikka
Malikka

August 19, 2013

I believe a head wrap can be just as professional as any other accessory worn in the workplace. To me, it is about how it is worn and not whether it is worn at all. There are some looks that are more casual and others that speak to professionalism. From my experience, the issue is normally the business culture of the employer and what they find acceptable. Unfortunately, that acceptability is often based in a European standard. I am free to wear one with my current employer, but had a previous employer who advised I could not wear one because no hats were allowed. I did not see my wrap as a hat, but accepted it and played the workplace game. Bottom line, if it is done well, I think a head wrap is great for work.

WILMA  LATIMORE
WILMA LATIMORE

August 15, 2013

hey new to this site learning more about the natrual hair comminty hope to see more wonderful post . thank you an keep up the good work !!

LaTrisha
LaTrisha

August 13, 2013

I LOVE MY HEAD WRAPS!!!! When I first started wearing my wraps at the university, of course I got the looks. Then with me wearing different patterns and materials for my head wraps, i received so many compliments. A few asked how I do them so they could wear them on the weekend!!!

Whitni
Whitni

August 13, 2013

I love wraps! Theyre like classy disguises. I work in private medicine in Beverly Hills, and for 8 years I worked for Caucasians. I wore a weave there, and although I was loved, I was also scrurinized as the only Black female. It was an automatic microscope! I’m now natural, and I work for a Black doctor who fortunately gets it! Wraps, fros, it all goes! With cooler weather around the corner, I’ll definitely be rocking my head wraps.

Shana
Shana

August 13, 2013

I adore them, but in my building (where we don’t see clients), wraps are against policy. The problem is when one person rocks there’s, and the other person wears a do-rag. So to avoid that issue, they make a blanket policy. I hate that, but one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.

Pamela
Pamela

August 13, 2013

I am a school teacher and wear hats and scarfs to school. Today, I took a tip from Kelly. Used SOULutions deep conditioner, put on heating cap and wrapped with a pretty scarf, makeup and large earrings. It took my co workers a while to get used to my natural hair….so scarfs are no problem. I think scarfs are are very professional for the workplace.

ReeO
ReeO

August 13, 2013

I agree with Zarinah. Clerks will have more of a problem with your head wrap than the client. We are squeamish about much that is readily accepted at the top.

Zarinah
Zarinah

August 13, 2013

I’ve worn headwraps in both corporate America as well as Academia. Always been received with respect and understanding. Yes, I was seen as “different” but that was ok. I’ve also taught several clients how to wear headwraps in various styles suitable for the workplace.

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