I wish I could wear my hair however I like. But the fact is I can’t.
Most of my friends work in corporate FTSE100 companies and they all say that there is an invisible pressure to wear their hair in a European way, i.e. extensions/weaves/wigs that are straight or are a kind of wavy that moves with the wind.
They don’t feel they could have their natural afro hair on show or braided in some way.
There’s an unspoken perception of black hairstyles that makes it difficult to feel comfortable having it in a corporate working environment. Apparently it’s ‘not professional’ enough and it looks as though we’re ‘making a statement’.
Black hair is tough, so braiding or cornrows are a way of styling the hair so that it’s more manageable. It’s NOT a statement.
Maybe someone can tell me what is so unprofessional about it? Especially when it is neatly done.
Because of this many black women hide their natural afros away in weaves and wigs like a shameful secret. I can’t help but feel that when we use chemical relaxers to straighten our hair we are literally chemically burning away our identities.
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