No, this is not a blog about 50 Cents! However, I do have some questions I got to ask relating to natural hair. I'll ask 6 questions and they're all about us; Naturals!
We all know that when going into a job interview we must look our very best. We have to be clean-cut and professional from head to toe. But what's considered a professional hair style for women with natural hair? Just because I see my hair as tamed and professional, will my potential employer view it the same way? This is a question many naturals are faced with while job searching or transitioning to fully natural hair.
Another question is, would you straighten or change your hair for a job? Many will instantly say no, but sadly many women are faced with this decision in the corporate world. Some women with natural hair are being pressured to straighten their hair or to style their hair in a certain way to receive or maintain a job. This leads to my next question, Is it fair that I may get overlooked for a job, because of the way I choose to style my hair even though I'm the most qualified? Because there's two sides to every coin, I must also look at the situation from the employer's point of view and ask should not the business have a say in how they're represented through their employees?
Personally, I've never experienced being asked to change my hair by an employer. However I can say that when I do go in for an interview, I avoid wearing head wraps. I never thought about it until now, but I also never wear my afro completely out. It's either braided down or worn up in a way that doesn't appear "unruly". My final question is this, should women with natural hair have to be concerned with how they wear their hair at work or should employers be more open minded about what they consider appropriate hair styles for the work place? If you still have love for me (In my 50 Cents voice), please answer one of my questions in comments! Thanks.
P.S. Join Accented Glory YouTube Channel Sunday, January 24th at 8pm EST for Accented Glory Naturals Hangout On Air titled "It's Just Hair or Is It". We will discuss the question, why would someone even care how someone would choose to style their hair?
Cierra has been a part of Accented Glory since its launch in June 2013. Outside of being an "Accessory Diva", she's a college graduate who desires to pursue a career in law.