Natural Hair in the Workplace – Why You Still Can’t Wear It
Latest posts by Dianne Austin (see all)
- Part 2: Alopecia, Hair Loss and More: A Candid Conversation About Our Hair with Dr. Shari Hicks Graham NHCN Podcast #0025 - September 27, 2017
- Part 1: Alopecia, Hair Loss and More: A Candid Conversation About Our Hair with Dr. Shari Hicks Graham NHCN Podcast #0024 - September 25, 2017
- Natural Hair Care News Founder Featured in Entrepreneurship Video - August 25, 2017
With the rising popularity in natural hair, you would think it’s acceptable everywhere. Sadly, there’s one place where black women aren’t necessarily able to sport their hair as it grows from their heads: the workplace.
- In 1987, Cheryl Tatum was fired from a Hyatt hotel for not complying when told to undo her braided hairstyle.
- At least two women were denied employment in 2010 at Six Flags theme park because they wear locs (dreadlocks).
- In October 2012, news anchor Rhonda Lee lost her job after responding to Facebook comments relating to her short natural. The news station claims she broke an “unwritten” social media rule about engaging with viewers.
These are just a few examples of how black hair is viewed in such a negative light that it’s deemed unacceptable for work unless it’s been manipulated to look like something else, i.e. straight hair.
Braids and locs are still viewed as “extreme” in some workplace dress codes. It’s no secret that these particular styles are worn much more often by black people than anyone else, so the hint of racism that hangs over these policies can’t be ignored.
Is it fair that straight-haired people can go to work with their “natural” hair and no one says a thing about it, but when a black woman sports a short Afro, she’s viewed with suspicion? Of course not. Yes, some hairdos can look unkempt or unprofessional, but this is irrespective of the wearer’s race or the hair texture. Some straight styles can look just as ghastly as some curly ones.
The only way to fight antiquated policies that embrace one hair texture while demonizing others is to be vocal and continue to fight with lawsuits if necessary. Not surprisingly, some employees have filed discrimination suits over their firings. With luck, there will come a day when braids, locs and Afros are just as acceptable in the office as straight hair.
|“Changing attitudes about natural hair” is what we do at Natural Haircare News. Through informative articles, podcasts and videos, we go beyond just sharing the latest advice and tips on kinky, curly, wavy haircare – We shake things up and focus on the realities of wearing our hair natural. Not sure of which products are right for your hair type? Visit our solution oriented natural hair products store.|
You May Also Like:
- Politicians Who Rock Their Natural Hair
- Naturalista Who Fought Off Cancer Now Fighting For Her Right to Wear Her Hair Natural
- Resisting The Temptation To Relax Your Natural Hair
- Why Tamron Hall’s Natural Hair is a Big Deal
- The Politics of Hair: Choosing Between Straight or Natural Hair on the Job [Video]
- NHCN Podcast 009: A Conversation With Natural Hair Expert Marie Compere of Luv My Natural Curls
- Are Black Women Being Punished for Wearing Their Hair In Its Natural State?
- Don’t Believe The Hype: 6 Untruths About Natural Hair
- Is Natural Hair Still An Issue In The Workplace?
- Yes, I Stretch My Natural Hair – No Biggie…
- Black Women with Natural Hair – My Reflections
- The Top Concerns of Women with Natural Hair – Felicia Leatherwood, Celebrity Stylist
Explore Our Website!
Let’s Stay In Touch
What Others Are Saying
Natural Haircare Topics
- How Do You Know If You Have Scab Hair? Pictures
- 6 Tips for Controlling Frizz in Natural Hair
- The Finer Things In Life: Tips For Fine Hair Naturals!
- Combating Fairy Knots In Natural Hair, (Single Strand Knots)
- The LOC Method: 3 Steps For Happy, Moisture Rich, Natural Hair
- Mature Women and Natural Hair – A Photo Gallery
- Transitioners Start Here
- The Benefits of Hair Steaming For Natural Hair
- Natural Haircare Training and Certification Available at a North Carolina Community College
- To Trim Or Not To Trim – That Is The Question