How can natural hair, the hair that grows directly from out of someone's skull, be classified as unprofessional?
The real issue of natural hair has nothing to do with professionalism or ability. The 'it's not a professional look' excuse, is about erasing as many elements of you, that project an Afro-Caribbean / black heritage. It's about how your presence affects the members of your company and how they believe the companies image will be effected socially, not professionally. If you couldn't do the job, you wouldn't have been hired in the first place and whether you are a truly valued member of the team or just hired to fill in an ethnic quota, diversity for some companies, only goes as far as your skin being black. Every other thing about you, better reflect the status quo.
At its core, this whole stupid saga is about enforcing institutional snobbery and the bridge to get there is through a disguised racism. Firstly, and it's kind of a biggie - is that amongst some companies, there is a seemingly blatant disregard for the actual existence of other civilisations and cultures. And as wholly ridiculous as this is, companies are telling black women, that they should alter what is naturally occurring, in order to look more like the white majority. That's the crux of the contention right? That if black employees have the cosmetic characteristics of a European, then their look is 'professional'. But I say, if you can't even acknowledge that people from around the world have physical differences, then you are not fit to engage with human beings, until you have completed some sort of orientation: Earth - The Planet Of Many Peoples by D'Lambert Attenborough. This is why some companies don't do diversity, because it means having to actually learn and acknowledge differences, which leads to watching what you say and do. Recently, I read an article (the article that sparked me to write this) that stated that one employer thought that a particular black female employee's hair was unkempt...but then I saw the picture of her and I was like 'Err...am I missing something?' It's sad to say, but the problem here is not unusual, there are many people (in and away from a working place context) who don't know diddly squat about afro hair and what I mean by this (and I've personally experienced this, even as man) is that a person who doesn't have any experience with afro hair, can't see the difference between one style to the next. They can't see whether a hair style is messy, well kept or anything in between. They think a weave is real hair and if you were rocking a level 2 afro one week and came into work the next, with a weave coming down to your lower back, they would think your hair grew really fast! There are too many people who don't know our hair, yet try to police it. Even throughout my early life, I've had the ignorance of what my hair is capable of being and doing, confirmed by the stupid-ass comments and questions surrounding it. And I'm a man, so imagine the foolishness that black women are going through!
You have lots of choice...the illusion of choice, the choice that leads to
selecting 'us' rather than you. You are not allowed to choose yourself,
in fact, that option won't even exist, less we adopt your
style and make out, that we invented it.
Then that is a ok.