Natural Hair in the Corporate Workplace? Experts from ORS Weigh In!


Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Ubiquitous Hair and Health Trade Show, which took place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Truly a product junkie's dream (or nightmare!), the event was packed with every sort of product and demonstration booth you could imagine. This event was unique in that it targeted both relaxed and natural-haired women. Ultimately, the underlying theme of the event was, no matter how you wear your hair, you want it to be healthy and reflect the best version of YOU!


During the event, I was fortunate enough to grab a few minutes with Deborah Smith, Director of Communications for event sponsor ORS (formerly Organic Root Stimulator) as well as Dr. Hair himself, Reginald Miller! Here's what they had to say on such hot topics as natural hair in the corporate workplace and whether natural hair is here to stay!

On natural hair in the corporate environment
  • Deborah Smith stated, "Embrace who you are on the inside. Wear whatever look fits your brand. You shouldn't be pigeon-holed by your hair. People always say you should dress for success, but I say you perform for success." She continued, "A dress code is one thing, but a hair code is something else because hair is so very personal."
  • Dr. Hair shared, "It doesn't matter what style you wear. You can't take away someone's creativity. Whatever you wear, where it well. It's the same thing as wearing a maxi-dress versus a mini-dress. While some ladies might look better in a mini-skirt, others might find the maxi-dress to be more flattering."
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Reginald Miller (aka "Dr. Hair") and Deborah Smith of ORS at the Ubiquitous Hair & Health Trade Show in Washington, DC. August 2014.

On the issue of hair in the African American community
  • Dr. Hair correctly opined that while people of other races wear additions to their hair (wigs, falls, extensions, etc.), they manage to do so without letting it control them. "Don't be ashamed of who you are," he urged, "because then you are insulting God."
On whether natural hair is here to stay
  • Dr. Hair shared, "I've been in the hair business for decades [laughs] and I've seen the natural and relaxed 'trend' in and out before. But now I believe that natural is here to stay - if not by choice than by medical necessity." This latter point is a great one as I know part of what led me to "go natural" was dealing with traction alopecia and my own investigation into the harsh chemicals involved in the hair relaxing process.
Do you have any questions for Dr. Hair? Hit him up on Twitter at @DrHair50!

If you're interested in seeing more pics from the Ubiquitous Hair and Health Trade Show (including snaps of celebs like Kim Kimble and Chante Moore), check out my instagram feed.


My DMV ladies, did you make it out to the hair show? If so, what did you think? Please share in the comments section!


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Monday Morning Memo – Happy Labor Day!

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"Rest is sweet to those who labor." - Plutarch, Greek historian

Whether you are lounging at the beach, curled up with a good book, or taking in the latest bit of ratchet reality tv, I wish you a restful and relaxing Labor Day!

Curvy CEO Featured in IFB Links à la Mode!

This week, I am thrilled that my post on GarnerStyle's #BoycottingTarget campaign is featured as part of Independent Fashion Bloggers Weekly Round-Up! Hopefully this will bring even more attention to the issue and encourage others to join the movement.

Here is the complete list of blogposts featured in the roundup - happy reading!


Last Weekend

Labor Day marks the last day of "Summer" even if it's actually September 21st... but who's counting? Oh yeah, EVERYONE! Fashion Month kicks off next week, so everyone get your rest. Get everything you need to be done for regular life done this weekend if you can, because we'll all be glued to the runways for the next month. So now is the time to muse about life and style, to stock up on your Fall wardrobe, and catch up on your magazines... don't know where to start? These links will help!

Links à la Mode: August 28th

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Welcome to #WorkwearWednesdays!

Today we introduce a new feature to the blog - Workwear Wednesdays - because, apparently, this is a thing. People on social media post pictures of themselves in what they're wearing to work, tips on dressing for success, and so on. Since this IS a blog for plus-size professional women, it makes sense that we would participate as well, no? So, here at Curvy CEO, we will post images of suggested work looks every Wednesday. Sound good? Here goes!


ASOS CURVE Exclusive Soft Drape Jacket ($77.39); Vince Camuto Embellished Sleeveless Blouse ($109.00); ASOS CURVE Pant With Wide Leg ($42.56); Vince Camuto 'Basics' Elongated Hoop Earrings ($32.00); Vince Camuto 'Caprita' Leather Pointy Toe Pump ($97.95); Longchamp 'Medium Roseau Box' Tote ($695.00).
For more info and shopping details, click here.

What are you wearing to work today? Shout us out on social media using the hashtag #workwearwednesday!

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One Last Weekend at the Beach!

Sooo, I am completely in denial that Labor Day is next week. (For those of you outside of the USA, we consider that the unofficial end of summer.) In case you are NOT in denial and, in fact, have some vacation plans, here are a few looks to help you enjoy it in style!



Top, L to R: ASOS CURVE Exclusive Plunge Bikini Top In Pansy Print ($19.35); ASOS CURVE Exclusive Bikini Bottom In Pansy Print ($18.38); La Blanca Crochet Trim Cover-Up ($99.99); Vince Camuto 'Adrelin' Flat Thong Sandal ($49.90). Bottom, L to R: Topshop Floppy Straw Hat ($23.99); ASOS Chunky Cat Eye Sunglasses - Black ($19.35); Kate Spade New York 'polka Dot' Reusable Shopping Tote ($16.00).
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L to R: ASOS CURVE Denim Playsuit With Contrast Strap ($40.63); TKEES Blends Flip Flops ($35.00); Sole Society 'Nellie' Studded Faux Leather Backpack ($49.95); ASOS Aviator Sunglasses With Blue Mirrored Lens - Gold ($23.22).

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Resort Dinner Top, L to R: City Chic 'Cross Hatch' High/Low Maxi Dress ($119.95); Natasha Couture Box Clutch ($38.00); Vince Camuto 'Mitzy' Metallic Snake Print T-Strap Sandal ($109.95); Nordstrom 'Layers of Love' Bead Stretch Bracelet ($28.00). Bottom, L to R: Adia Kibur Asymmetrical Earrings ($30.00); Kische Open Front Cardigan ($49.00).

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Honestly, my life has been so hectic these last few weeks, I don't have any plans for Labor Day other than resting at home for a good ol' fashioned staycation. What about you? Any big plans?

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