A few days ago, news/TV personality Angela Green, posted a video with her assistant, a 19-year old college student with voluminous blonde ringlets, and the video caused an epic uproar in the natural hair community (video below). The problem— Angela Green, the “seasoned professional” made it blatantly clear that her assistant needed to straighten her hair if she wanted to succeed in the news industry because that’s what “her bosses like”…
Personally, I did the big chop in 2009, my senior year of college, and I can only imagine how I would feel if my manager, a fellow Black woman, told me I needed to assimilate to succeed— It’s not a good feeling. I vividly remember straightening my hair for my first interview and feeling so uncomfortable, awkward, and distracted because instead of focusing on the interview I was wondering if my roots were reverting. Maybe that’s just me, but how many other young, educated, black women would have those same feelings?!
It truly saddens me that it’s such a common belief that you can’t have natural hair or locs in Corporate America if you want to succeed because, despite what our own community would have us to believe, there are professionals proudly rocking their textured hair in positions of power.
“My Hair Protects Me From Places I Shouldn’t Be”
– @AngelaGoneSocial, Owner of N Natural Hair Studio
Watch the latest episode of the #NuGrowthChat series— “Natural Hair in the Workplace (Response to “Natural Hair or Nah?)” and share your experience wearing your natural hair in the workplace.
Do you think it is acceptable to wear natural hair or locs in the workplace?