Posted by HMH BloggerBy Patience Muia Many African-American ladies have been encouraged by the natural hair movement to embrace the kinks and coils. Even though some agree to do so, they proceed with caution in fear of what their new hair style might do to them at their workplaces. It is not surprising to find co-workers discriminating one of their colleagues just because of her natural hair. There are a number of reasons behind the increase of natural hair styles at workplaces. For instance, if your relaxed hair is constantly break and become thin, what would you do? You will obviously cut it off out of frustration, and then you wouldnt have any other option than to go natural.Your friends might appreciate your natural hair, but you should be ready to encounter differences in opinions at your workplace. You might face a lot of co-workers scrutiny especially if you work in a predominantly white public relations agency. That is why many African-American women still prefer straightened hair. You will realise that while some women have negative experiences, some get a lot of positive reactions as well. The more confident and attractive you feel with your natural hair, the easier you will be able to handle natural hair discrimination at workplace. The time you spent growing out your perm (the transitional phase), is the time you should test your patience.
Some women also have concerns that once they go natural, their hair won’t be able to be the way they were while they used chemicals. Wearing hair in its natural state at workplace is more of a convenience than a hassle. Even if your co-workers disagree to your belief, you can still have fun and work without worrying about their perceptions. You can test different types of hairstyle in order to reduce the chances of discrimination at work. Pulled back, pinned up or twisted hairstyles are usually acceptable and workplace friendly.