On this website, we treasure natural hair. Kinky curls, 4A or 4C hair, are precious to us. So, why can’t it be admired in the workplace? There’s no doubt natural hair sistas feel they have to tame their curls to get a job or when they go to work in a professional work setting.
Usually, I don’t post too much opinion on this blog. It’s all about reviews, hair products, and how to’s.
But if we’re going to buy Cantu and Shea Moisture, add co-wash to our vocabulary, and make the natural hair industry profitable – why should we have to straighten or put our hair down at work?
I feel like this is shameful for any black women. In fact, in my aspiring career as a journalist or reporter, I don’t see any African American women with their natural hair. It’s usually permed or straightened and I personally can’t imagine permanently and chemically damaging my hair.
Hair is more than products and tutorials for women of color – it’s a symbol of empowerment and success of the natural hair movement.
African American women are criticized and put down in many areas and hair shouldn’t be one of them. It’s time natural hair and the professional workplace be ‘desegregated.’ And one of the first steps is discussing it.
Do YOU feel pressured to perm or straighten your hair in the workplace? Let me know in the comments.