Professional Naturals Project: Cyrene Gerard

Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq.Welcome to the first edition of the Professional Naturals Project!  The goal of this project is to

1. Promote the beautiful diversity of professional natural hairstyles,

2. Create an image gallery so that other naturals can get ideas of how they can wear their hair in the work place,

3. Provide encouragement for women who desire to be their naturally beautiful selves, and

4. Show the world just how professional natural hair can be!

The Professional Naturals Project will be a compilation of images and interviews that feature Black women wearing natural hair in the work place. If you would like to be featured, just take a picture of yourself in normal work gear (looking all fly and professional!) and answer the questions listed below. Images/interviews will be selected periodically and will be featured on the Professional Naturals page!

Submit your images and answers to: info@AfroStateOfMind.com with the words “Professional Naturals Project” in the subject heading. I’m really excited about this because it is way past time that we be able to come out of the natural hair closet! We are here, we are brilliant and our hair is fly! If you agree, please send me your pics and your answers to the following questions:

 

  1. What is your name?
  2. What industry do you work in?
  3. How long have you worn natural hair in the work place?
  4. What is your best “Natural Hair in the Workplace” story?
  5. What was your most challenging “Natural Hair in the Workplace” moment and how did you handle it?
  6. What advice would you give other Black women who wear natural hair at work?

Many thanks to Cyrene Gerard, our first feature in the Professional Naturals Project!

Professional Naturals Project: Cyrene Gerard

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1. What is your name?

Cyrene Gerard

2. What industry do you work in?

DoD Government Civilian
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3. How long have you worn natural hair in the work place?

Since 2011

4. What is your best “Natural Hair in the Workplace” story?

When I first started working at my current government job I was already natural. My coworker was very fascinated by the “curls” and thickness of my hair. Aside from the normal “Can I touch it?”, “Oh it is soft?!?!” (By the way she is Caucasian) she comes to work about a week later with a perm. She loved my curls so much she wanted her hair to be curly too. It ended up looking nothing like mine at all. I finally started to see the correlation of me trying to use a relaxer to straighten my hair to ultimately look like hers. After that moment I looked at the chemical process a bit different.
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5. What was your most challenging “Natural Hair in the Workplace” moment and how did you handle it?

I don’t wear my hair out often in my work place. I get noticed a lot more than when I wear it in my retro rolls and updo’s. One day I came in with it blown out and someone asked me if I had a fight with a dryer. At this point I just smiled and nodded and said “no”. I know that he was trying to not to be malicious and to be “funny”. Either way the comment was rude.

6. What advice would you give other Black women who wear natural hair at work?

My advice would be to go for it. Don’t let the ignorance of others stop you from being who you are naturally born to be. I have influenced a couple of ladies in my office to wear their hair natural. And no there aren’t a lot of black women that work in my place of employment, but those that are for the most part are natural :).
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Thanks for Joining the Professional Naturals Project Cyrene!

Thank you Cyrene for sharing your story and I love the way you handled that “most challenging “Natural Hair in the Workplace” Moment!
Ladies if you are a Professional Natural who proudly wears natural hairstyles at work, take a moment to share your story and your beautiful pics! Submit your images and answers to: info@AfroStateOfMind.com with the words “Professional Naturals Project” in the subject heading. Answer the six questions below to complete your submission. Looking forward to hearing from you!
  1. What is your name?
  2. What industry do you work in?
  3. How long have you worn natural hair in the work place?
  4. What is your best “Natural Hair in the Workplace” story?
  5. What was your most challenging “Natural Hair in the Workplace” moment and how did you handle it?
  6. What advice would you give other Black women who wear natural hair at work?

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  1. Cyrene Gerard says:

    This is awesome. Thank you!

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