6 Simple Styles for Corporate Naturalistas

Corporate Natural Styles
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There is no denying the amount of curiosity that may happen in the corporate workplace evolving around black women’s hairstyles. Our crown is magnificent and forever transforming. Some clients mention consistency being key to not draw too much attention. I prefer to invite my clients to explore their natural hair regardless of the lack of knowledgeable responses that one can get . We all know that natural hair can be quite high maintenance. Here are 6 hairstyles that will help you get through a busy week in the office or on the road.

Tapered Cuts.  Tapered afro styles are great for those who prefer minimal styling. You can twist, braid or bantu the length and feed the sides with some hydration and maybe the use of a hair twists sponge for some more definition. Color helps to bring some oomph into this style and you can choose subtle tones or some funky ones depending on your work environment.


Versatile Cuts & Color.  Just because you’re a corporate naturalista, does not mean you cannot still express your off the clock side. Color placement can be done very strategically allowing you to whip your head back and forth depending on where you’re heading for the day or night. Be sure to wrap your head up at night to ensure this silk press lasts you all week.


Braided Bun.  This style can hold up for the week with minimal daily refreshing. This is for those busy weeks where you have to prep and hold a meeting or be in 2 cities within 5 days.  A great use of extensions to create more volume as well as protection of your much earned length.

Corporate Natural Hairstyles


Side Sweeping Pin Curls. Stretching the hair out also allows for flexibility during the week. There a plenty of ways to twist the hair into styles that are well suited. Your boar bridle brush should be in your purse to help keep your hair in the shape you want it to remain throughout the day . Don’t forget to travel with some bobby pins too!


Cornrow in a Bun. Cornrows are one of my favorite looks for a few reasons. One reason is the longevity of the style. They can look fresh for a good two weeks with proper maintenance. Another being the tradition behind cornrows dating back to Tribal representation in the Motherland. They can be incorporated into a professionally coifed style that says modern day naturalista.

Corporate Natural Styles



Mini Twists.  Another great style that can be stretched out and restyled throughout the weeks. Twists can aide in length retention as it acts as a protective style. This video shows a number of ways to style your twists while you climb the corporate ladder.



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Paula Whitelocke

Paula Whitelocke

Starting off her career as a braid stylist, Paula began at the young age of 13 years old by doing hair for friends and family. She has since then indulged in many different avenues within the Beauty Industry. From Lead Hairstylist at the Safara Fashion Show to Educating the Apprentice Hairstylists at Algonquin College. She now sits as Co-Chair on the Advisory Committee to influence the quality of education for the future generations of stylists. Continued education is second nature as Paula attends a minimum of one hair show a year frequenting shows such as the Bronner Bros. Hair Convention in Atlanta, the International Beauty Show in New York, the Extensions Expo in New Jersey and the ABA in Toronto. As an Joico/Iso colour educator, advanced training sessions are attended throughout the year. Community plays a large part in her personal and business heart and mind. The Jamaica Ottawa Community Associate recognized these efforts with a Business Excellence Award in 2015. She was most recently recognized by the Province of Ontario as a Leading Women Community Builder by the Honorable Tracey MacCharles and Yasir Naqvi. Paula continues to sponsor such events as The Afro-Caribbean Cotillion, Hair Donation Ottawa and Jamaica Day. 7 years in business has taught this young entrepreneur a ton of lessons that she plans to continue passing on to the next generation ! Each one Teach one!
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