This is an article from Black Enterprise on the issue of natural hair in the corporate world. I do believe that all black/african american people should wear their hair natural in some form and that their skill level should have nothing to do with what their hair looks like. This article explores the different points of view on what is “professional hair” to corporate america. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Peace 🙂
Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs
Are natural hair and locs unprofessional in corporate America? That was the subject broached by the friend of a friend on Facebook recently. The young lady stated that she likes natural hairstyles, but because she works in an entry level position at a conservative investment bank, she doesn’t think it is “work appropriate,” and that it would be difficult to move up the corporate ladder with an “ethnic” hairstyle.
The statement made me wonder whether many women on Black Enterprise’s 75 Most Powerful Women in Business list wore their hair in natural or “ethnic” hairstyles. A cursory glance produced about five, including Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox and one of the most powerful women in business. I couldn’t think of any C-suite men who had locs or short afros. When I informed the young woman on Facebook what I found, she countered that those five women were at the top of their game, and that their hair may not have been “kinky” on the way up.
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