The New Face of Professional America
First and foremost Happy Belated Father's Day to all of the dads out there. I hope yesterday was filled with lots of love and celebration for you. Todays post is a conversation I think I need to bring up on my blog. As you can see my blog is a space where I express myself, I share my advice, my love of fashion and my opinion and let's just say I don't really bite my tongue.
A week or two ago I was talking with a friend about getting box braids for the summer (I usually rock protective styles every summer because I have so much hair). She mentioned how she always wanted to get some but she couldn't because her job said they were unprofessional...I was baffled. Not surprised, just baffled. When I decided to go natural about 8 years ago someone made the comment that when I went on job interviews I should straighten my hair. Being the person I am I never went out of my way to straighten my hair for a job interview. Now here we are 8 years later and the same conversation is being had amongst my friend and I. At the end of the day, as long as your hair is neat and you look nice and put together, what does it matter if your hair is in its' natural state or in an "ethnic" style for that matter? I understand many corporate companies aren't going to hire anyone with a 1999 hot boys pin curl updo BUT who are they to have an opinion on weather or not braids/natural hair are professional? I feel as though the issue isn't with the style or natural hair, it's how "ethnic" natural hair looks.
I take offense to that because women of other hair textures and ethnicity's wear their hair just as it grows from their head but when a woman of color with course curly hair does the same it's unprofessional. I say that's B.S.! To all of my natural, braid/loc, afro wearing chicas I say "Do You!" Don't let corporate America tell you who you have to be. Your natural hair has nothing to do with your intelligence and what you have to offer a company. Tell them to check your credentials. Continue to set trends, change the face of "professional" America and spread your #BlackGirlMagic throughout the world of corporate & America. After all, how's the saying go? Be the change you want to see in the world, right?
Trying to Live in my Dreams,