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A Strength Of Character For Professional Women Of Colour To Wear Their Own Natural Hair.


 

 

You are born with your natural hair, so it should ‘stand to reason’ that you should feel comfortable to wear, display, show and celebrate your natural hair, surprisingly however, for many women of colour, this celebration and freedom appears not to be the case, or is muted or limited. It also appears on the surface that this freedom to celebrate is disproportionately restricted or reduced when it comes to career women of colour, or women in the media, or women who are presenters or actors.

 

 

Somehow the psychological and historical societal ‘imposed’ so called ‘normalities’ and ‘enforced standards’, have forced many women in the professional workplace, to opt for what they believe the societal norms requires of them, through various forms of social media, films, magazines, TV, books, advertising,  or celebrity portals, representing what society deems to be its normal, or acceptable or expected, instead of how you are naturally.

 

Who sets these imposed societal standards?

Yes it might be just something that may be a coincidental result of choices by women, or it could well be a continuation or extension of past colonial influences and racism still directly affecting women of colour now, but it seems to me to be a subject worthy of investigation.

 

Why are the majority of these styles more ‘European’ or ‘Europeanised’?

Several questions spring to mind:

How does wearing your natural hair, affect your employability and career, (perception vs. actual.)

Are there any financial benefits of having natural hair?

What are the annual savings for having natural hair?

 

 

Do you feel judged for simply showing or displaying the hair you were born with and your true style?

What do you know about the chemicals that make up ‘non-natural hair products’, ‘natural hair’ extensions, or hair products generally?

Is your natural hair choice an ‘image branding clash’ with the ideas of individuals and their corporate visual identity, vision, and/or marketing imagery?

 

 

How do you feel emotionally, when you do not feel the need to conform to other people’s projections of what you should look like to succeed?

How do you feel mentally, when you are not being dictated to about your right to show the way you want to look, or dictated to about what level of acceptability there should be?

 

Your stance: – Do you feel empowered owning your look?

 

The number of professional women of colour in offices, meetings, interviews, promotions, campaigns and more, who display their natural hair with no additions, extensions, perms, chemical manipulation, added colouring, straighteners, weaves or wigs, is far less than you would imagine.

 

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It takes a certain strength of character for professional women to have their own natural hair.

What is deemed to be a corporate look?

Who has decided what a corporate look is or should be?

How has societies dictated standards  been thrusted upon your mindset and conditioning?

 

Hair is more than a personal choice or statement, it is also a political independence statement and stance.

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How are you viewed by other women?

Are you seen as a hero/heroine?

Are you ‘looked down upon’ by those who are the self appointed ‘torch bearers’ of the various levels of imposed social conditioning?

Do you see yourself as a role model, fighting back, challenging what is imposed as ‘normal’?

Do you know what all of these hair products chemicals are doing to your health?

How do you wear your hair and why?

 

 

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