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Natural Hair in the Professional World


Natural Hair in the Professional World


For the last decade, women of color have embraced their natural hair and able to maintain it at its natural state. (With the help of natural hair salons, self-care and newly introduced haircare products) Many have thought of this as a phenomenon, an epidemic of self-expression, value and self-love. While others may oppose or disapprove of natural hair, still, it doesn’t hinder nor prevent those who dare to embrace their curl pattern.


Whether you are rocking your T.W.A. (TEENY WEENY AFRO), twists, afros, dreads, and braids in corporate America, it still doesn’t fit the norm.

In the professional world, a polished look is accepted, and many have conformed to straightening their natural hair or wearing a weave for an interview, on the job, and promotion. There are those who feel uncomfortable wearing their natural hair in public places, professional settings, and others may perceive it as being “unkept or not combed.” Many of the top companies have denied employment to those who wear their natural hair; therefore, several laws were created. The Crown Act is a bill created in California that protects the rights of employees, making it unlawful to discriminate against those with natural hair.


Today, in hair salons, “The Natural Hair and Natural Hair Braiding Protection Act” allow hairstylist and braiders to provide natural hair services to clients without requiring an additional cosmetology license. Some additional courses and sanitation tests may be needed but it prohibits those from preventing services in a business. This allows opportunities for many to gain employment and create new businesses.


Natural hair is not a threat to society but a form of self-expression with keeping adversity in mind. As the world continues to evolve, so does our perception of normalcy, beauty and professionalism. We can only proceed and hope for change.


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Chicago, IL, USA

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