Since I started my natural journey I am always looking for ways to feel more comfortable in a corporate environment without having to change my hair too much or who I am.
Here are a quick easy guide from our guest poster Tamara, for those days when you wake up and need to look glam fast!
Over to you Tamara
5 Easy Ways to Look Professional
While you might feel right at home surrounded by the sun, sand and sea with not a stitch of makeup on besides lip gloss, it can be difficult trying to adapt to a professional setting. It can be frustrating when those glorious curls that are the life of the party are suddenly flat and lifeless in our dreary weather giving you a frazzled look rather than a professional edge. Fortunately, there are numerous ways you can give your appearance a professional sheen without sacrificing your identity and spirit!
While many women believe a full face of makeup makes them look more professional, fear not if you’re used to walking out of the house without a stitch of makeup on. If you’ve got great skin and want to walk bare faced into the office, more power to you. A bit of clear lip gloss is all you need to moisturize your lips and protect them from harsh air conditioning. Even better if it’s a lip gloss that’s made of natural ingredients and is great for the health of your lips.
Olive oil and Natural Oils
Trying to tame your tresses for the workplace can be completely stressful, especially as so many products that claim to work leave behind icky deposits on your hair. Natural oils such as olive oil are a surprisingly effective solution. Just a drop or two can calm flyaway hairs. If you have natural curls, olive oil can tame an unruly ponytail without altering the natural shape and texture of your hair.
If your workplace has casual Fridays, you might face the dilemma of wanting to dress down while still looking professional should you have to see any clients. A well-cut blazer can be thrown over virtually any outfit and immediately helps you to exude an air of professionalism, no matter what you’re wearing underneath.
Manicures do go a long way towards helping you look more polished. Unfortunately, for many women it’s often neither economical nor practical to get bimonthly manicures. Investing in a good nail buffer and buffing your nails once a month is a quick and easy way to give your nails a nice sheen without having to bother with nail polish remover or going to a nail salon.
While there’s no need to break out the costume jewellry just yet, if you have pierced ears, a simple pair of ear studs ties your look together and adds a little extra something without making your outfit too distracting.
If you’re a firm believer that being professional doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your personality, the above tips will help you add little touches to your appearance that will go a long way towards making you look more polished.
, by Alicia At AfroDeity