Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Work Vs Hair by Kelli Neche

Originally I wasn't going to openly what happened to me recently and I still won't go into much detail but I came across an article on the Huffington Post and I couldn't ignore it.
I just began a new job in a hotel and have been wearing a blowout for the past two weeks. They only last about a week so after I washed my hair, I did a twist out anticipating work the next day.
When I got there, about an hour later, I was called into the office and told that my hair needed to be pulled back because it wasn't professional. Frustrated, I started crying because this is WHO I AM. What does my hair have to do with my professionalism and my ability to do what I know I'm good at? The next day, I wore my hair in another two strand twist out and was called back into the office by another manager for my hair not looking as neat or as conservative as they would like it.

Deep Sigh.
I decided to get a protective style for the next few weeks to give my hair a break and to my surprise, they like the braids better than my curls. 
In two, maybe, three weeks, my curls will be back and I will wear them proudly because this is my culture and who I am and my right as an African-American to embrace my hair. Why is it so hard for others to do the same? Can't quite wrap my head around it. I love my new job but will every job I ever hold until I get knee-deep into my career be Work vs. Hair??

I came across this article on the Huffington Post that discussed a forum held by Georgia State University and I thought it was interesting enough to share and it definitely made me feel like I wasn't alone in my situation.
The link is posted below.
I'd love to hear your comments and feedback.

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