Natural Hair and Professionalism. An oxymoron?

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

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for



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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2 thoughts on “Natural Hair and Professionalism. An oxymoron?

  1. LOL at “sassy mouth New Yorker”, I’m one as well 🙂 I’m overjoyed to hear that you decided to come back to the natural hair family and not stay in the perm you returned to before. Though there are still issues and stigmas associated with having natural hair in a corporate world, it is definitely easier than it used to be. I’m happy that my blog can be a source of information and comfort to those who are still looking for answers in their natural journey. Thank you for your comment Twanna 🙂

  2. Honestly I felt the exact way this young lady did and she is right in a lot of ways. When I first went natural 10 years had to deal with a lot of negative looks and comments coming my way. Especially from other black people in Corporate America. Back then I really did not know how to handle it because there was no Youtube or websites such as this one to give you tips. Since I’m a sassy mouth New Yorker I always had something smart to say back. I was also secure in my position and felt it was o.k. to do it. To make a long story short I decide to cut my locs and go back to a perm when I found myself in a situation where I had to start all over in Corporate America….Now that I know better and know that there are a lot resources out there, I’m going to remain natural forever:)

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