Hey naturals, if you haven’t heard already – your hair is #unprofessional. It’s too kinky, coily and curly and we don’t consider it professional in the workplace. This is according to Google’s image search. Type unprofessional hair in the search engine and you’ll notice the complete gallery of examples showing “unprofessional hair.” If that doesn’t make you give a side eye, try typing professional hair and you’ll see their recommendations. #petty
Although this has been an unspoken rule for many black women to wear their hair straight or for black men – to cut their mane for work. How we wear our hair has always been accompanied with opinion, criticism, and sometimes ridicule.
Ever since the findings of the Google search results, many women of color have come together in solidarity to bring awareness to this issue. The hashtag #unprofessionalhair has started trending on social media feeds and has opened the door for discussions on natural hair in the workplace. While this conversation is important in the natural hair community, it should also be discussed in the office. As this affects many black women and men, who cannot wear their hair naturally without attracting unwanted attention. Some companies still have a problem with locs, and if the job is important enough, anyone wanting to work for a company who has a problem with locs, will have to shave them off.
The racial undertones, and expectations of natural hair in the workplace add to the laundry list of issues women of color have to deal with in the corporate world. It also is a clear depiction on what some bosses, and even cow-workers feel about your hair. The ability to wear your ‘fro at work isn’t the same as Becky with her good hair. So what’s a curly girl to do? Ignore the search results and carry on!
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By: Lungi Moore, Staff Writer, EGL Beauty