"Professional" curly hair?

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  1. frtrd

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    I'm starting student teaching soon and have a question about hair. I have pin-straight hair that I am not particularly fond of. Throughout all of college I have curled it at least 3 days a week (I would curl it every day if I had the time).

    I would like to continue curling it but I am worried about it not looking "professional" because of the way I curl it. I have long hair and a LOT of hair, and I favor rather "intense" looking curls. My curled hair usually looks a bit wild as a result ... This photo is a rough approximation: http://media.screened.com/uploads/0/5125/410757-serafina_pekkala_large.jpg

    Now if this were my natural hair I wouldn't be worried, but since I alter between straight and curly I am worried that my curly 'do would be seen as "unprofessional" because I am deliberately changing my natural hair into something unusual. (In my defense I will note that I do a very good job curling it, and if I curled it every single day then the hairstyle could absolutely pass as my natural hair.) Does anyone have any opinions? Not sure if I am being paranoid about this.
     
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  3. swansong1

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    I have teacher friends who come in with a new hair style almost every day. As long as your hair is neat and clean, I don't think you will have a problem with your curls. I think it is quite pretty!
     
  4. Ima Teacher

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    Most people are not going to pay that much attention to your hair.
     
  5. BumbleB

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    I am personally not fond of the hairstyle you posted (it's much too frizzy and unkempt for my taste), but it's certainly not so far out of the norm that it would cause people to pass judgment about you.
     
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    I think curly hair can absolutely be professional (natural or not), but the photo you posted looks pretty messy/just rolled out of bed. Can you apply some product to tone down the flyaways a little bit?
     
  7. TeacherShelly

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    I'm your counterpart with naturally curly hair but I straighten it. No one ever said one word about me straightening my hair, even though I have deliberately changed the look of it. I think you have nothing to worry about.
     
  8. FourSquare

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    I have naturally curly hair like that and I keep it that way almost every day. Sometimes I use a little product to tame the frizz, but not always. No-one's ever said anything. You're fine.
     
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    I actually like that hair precisely because it looks natural. I know you're creating this look, but I don't believe a person should ever feel obligated to slather product in their hair. Or face.
     
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    I have never heard of hair being an issue. Keep it clean and you should be fine.
     
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    Eh, that's what my hair naturally looks like. There's no product that can tame it on high humidity days. Don't worry about. If you feel confident, you'll project confidence.
     
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    Mine too. No biggie.
     
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    I agree with Bumble, it's not for me, but then again I don't think it would be an appropriate style for me. But, if you can rock it, rock it. I don't think anyone would say anything.
     
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    This goes to show we seem to want what we don't have. The pic shows a lot of frizz which is something I've spent a lot of time and money eliminating from my own look. LOL..
     
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    How do they know you don't have naturally curly hair that you straighten sometimes? :) Really, it doesn't matter at all. Don't worry about it.
     
  16. MissScrimmage

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    I straighten ... I curl... I tie it back in a pony tail... I pull half of it back with bobby pins... as long as it is not greasy or infested with lice (it can happen!) you are good to go.
     
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    I also have naturally curly hair that I straighten most of the time. When you go curly, there is always a risk of frizzies, fly-aways and just all out hair-insanity.

    To combat this, I almost always have a hair band around my wrist or in my pocket and a couple bobby pins even on straight hair days.

    I've always felt like, regardless of the texture, as long as hair isn't standing up and going in different directions, it looks professional.

    When I want more "polished" curls that won't go bananas (and I have the time for it) I wash my hair, put the teeniest bit of tea tree oil (my hair tends to fall on the dryer side), comb/brush it through that section and then I spray on a holding spray. I then immediately roll my hair up to the root.

    The next morning when I take my hair a loose, my curls are well defined, not frizzy and shiny. I separate them gently with my fingers (pulling them apart, not combing a loose) and they usually last for a good 2 - 3 days before I have to wash and start over.

    It looks really good, but again, it takes me like 2 hours, so I don't do it very often.

    Sally's Beauty Supply has a lot of rollers that are good for making spiral and other types of curls. I wouldn't recommend doing it with sponge rollers or those hard, pink ones
     
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    EmCatz, what is a holding spray? The same as hair spray? I need to learn how to keep my hairstyle for more than one day.
     
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    Hey,
    Holding spray is basically any kind of hair spray that keeps your hair in place. Sometimes they'll say "holding" and sometimes it'll say "shaping" or something about freezing a hair style in place.

    The one I use is Tressame "Tres Two Extra Hold". I find that hair spray dries my hair out and can make it feel hard, so the tea tree oil kind of combats that, so my curls are "stiff" enough to last a couple days, but they're not rock hard.

    Here's the link to the product: http://tinyurl.com/kj8b43j, but you can buy it from pretty much anywhere (WalMart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, etc)

    The tea tree oil I buy looks super dinky and like some cheap off-brand (to me anyway) but it works really well and so far I've only seen it at Target. Here's a link if you're curious: http://tinyurl.com/n4gltbc

    I used to get a really itchy scalp and have dandruff, so I started putting tea tree oil in a bottle with a small tip (the kind you'd use for hair color) and I section my hair into pieces and squirt a little tea tree on my scalp and rub it in. My head feels much better and I don't get dandruff anymore

    :hijack: (Sorry to ramble, but I love talking about hair, lol)
     
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    EmCatz, does the oil have a strong smell? Tea tree oil nauseates me, but it has so many beneficial properties. I give my hair and scalp a coconut oil treatment every couple of weeks. It works great, but is super messy.
     
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    Tea tree oil smells similar to eucalyptus, IMO.


    It's good for scalp issues, but you can use other oils just for smoothing. Really anything, even small amounts of the coconut oil that you already have. I like this product a lot: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod3560027
     
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    I have long, naturally curly hair, however I change the style between straight and curly all the time. I've never had anything negative said to me about it..except from my students when it becomes frizzy!
     
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    Thanks EmKatz!

    I went to Walgreen's and bought the hairspray. There were so many kinds I was very thankful for the recommendation. I got the lightest hold, hoping it will look natural, even if it doesn't hold for days on end.

    One really nice thing to wash your hair with is honey. Sounds messy but it is surprisingly very much not messy. It has antiseptic properties. It also makes your hair really shiny and pretty.
     
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    I don't think many people will notice that it's not natural and no one will really think anything of it.
     

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