You can tell what generation a picture was taken just from the hairstyles and of course the eyebrows.
I have had a love-hate relationship with my hair for as long as possible. I mean it started with being able to do shuku and front and put plenty beads. I can remember tossing my hair from side to side just to hear the beads clank. It graduated from there to doing long brush during high school days. Then the real journey with my hair started after that.
As anyone who's gotten a really good — or bad — weave knows, hair is so much more than just a look: It can be a reflection and reinforcement of who you are.
And sometimes your hair speaks for you, even when you don't say a thing. I am not even exaggerating. If you have braids on for instance the world's going to see you differently than someone with a short pink low cut.
We can change it so easily in ways that we can't change any other part of our body. So what message are you sending with your hairstyle?
Straight hair can mean business
Speaking in a very general way, straight hair is often thought of as more conservative, and curly hair as more casual. By straight hair, I mean your natural or treated hair, and even a conservative weave. By curly hair imagine bohemian curls. You may not be able to work in some settings with that style.
I remember when this was the trend. When I say short hair picture all the Rihanna short hairstyles from then. Also low cuts are in this category: it suits some people and then it’s a BIG NO for others. I imagine people with short hair are bold, fearless and no nonsense. Halle Berry is my favorite short haired girl. Yes, I also know Nigerians don’t naturally have that kind of hair. A cropped cut can be a way to show the world how strong you are. A woman with short hair is perceived as confident — not having to hide anything.
Long hair can look less professional
While short hairstyles can come across as powerful, sporting long hair in a workplace environment may have subconscious consequences.
Long hair, especially if it is a hair weave, can be perceived as more youthful and sexy to some people.
The tone of your hair can color perceptions
Those who have non-traditional hair colors can come across as rebellious. Women with purple or green or blue hair are considered as those wanting to call attention to themselves, such as artists, actresses, celebrities generally.
Purple and green hair are creative and youthful, but won't go over well in a corporate environment.