Since my dad has come home, I’ve been working remotely from my parents house. This past week, my hair has been completely under wraps. I’d be wearing my bonnet under my hat when I came over in the mornings. I have been hanging out with my parents all day and, if I needed to run any errands, I’d just slap my hat back on.
My hair was only exposed twice this week: I went out for brunch with friends on Sunday and I went to work on Tuesday. For both occasions, I couldn’t wear my bonnet in the office, although I would have liked to 😉
On an aside, I know a number of people have said that natural hair can hold them back in their workplace. I have my own thoughts on that (check it out here and here). This week, I was downtown at work and I saw about five women with natural hair in the financial district walking too and from and doing their thing. It’s nice not to always be the only one with a poufy do 😉
Back to the topic at hand… so, this morning, I unfurled my hair because I’m having some guests this evening. My hair looks pretty dang good. When I got to my parents’ place, my mom looked at me and said, “Your hair looks… wonderful!”
Aww! Thanks Mom!
Although, I’m quite secure in how my hair looks, it’s nice for someone else — my mommy — to say that she likes my hair 🙂
Have a great weekend, folks!
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Last weekend I committed to maintaining a fully protective style until the summer [motivated by Kimmaytube’s newest vids – although my goal is not hair that long]. Although I’ve been moisturizing my hair daily [water and aloe!], I had also been ‘do-ing’ my hair daily too – NOT protective. So I’m committed now to wear it in twists, in a bun, until summer. AND I have to remember to deep condition weekly!
So far, my hair loves it 🙂
How do these people know for a fact, that it’s their natural hair holding them? I’ve never had a problem/perceived any negative reaction to my natural hair, in business environments. In fact, people usually love it. It’d take a HEALTHY short fro, over a relaxed, limp and breaking ‘bob’, any day!
I’m trying to be all about the protective style — it’s easy now because I’m not really going anywhere, but when I’m socializing, it’s a lot more difficult!
I tried to get it out of them how they know it’s their hair that’s holding them back. I still stand by what I said before, it’s not your hair, it’s your Blackness that is holding you back. If an employer says it’s your hair that is not allowing you to move forward in your job, I’d bet anything if your hair was relaxed, that employer would still have a problem with you.
I know, it is difficult – but I’m saying to heck with it for now, if I don’t always have the most stylish hairstyle – it’ll be worth it when it’s grown out nice and healthy – a sacrifice I’m willing to make – cause i do remember what my hair used to be like 🙂
It’s your Blackness – Now THAT is truth!
If you excel in your job, attitude and how your interact with colleagues etc, people/bosses see that and you’ll be rewarded. Yes, of course there are still imbalances – but I agree, I don’t think it’s because of hair!
I agree. Now, I’m not saying that there aren’t ignorant people in the workplace. I get that. I know that. But I think that we simplify the issue when we blame injustices on our hair. For the most part, people don’t care — Black people may care, but white/Asian/South Asian people? Most of them have no clue about my hair and what I do with it.
“Black people may care, but white/Asian/South Asian people? Most of them have no clue about my hair and what I do with it.”
Looking good sista!