Why are Locs (aka Dreadlocks) considered Unprofessional?

Ashley Davis, 24-year-old who has been growing her locs for 10 years, but her employer says her dreadlocks are not acceptable and unprofessional for their workplace.

Ashley Davis, 24-year-old who has been growing her locs for 10 years, but her employer says her dreadlocks are not acceptable and unprofessional for their workplace.

Ok, the question lies, Why are Locs (aka Dreadlocks) considered Unprofessional? Time and time again there arise in the corporate sector black men, women, and kids dealing with employers, educational institutions, and society in general, that forces them through policies to get rid of their locs.

In the video below, you’ll find that twenty-four year old Ashley Davis, who has been growing her locs for 10 years, is just one of the people who recently have to deal with making a decision in following dress code or losing her job. Davis’ employer, Tower Loans, recently told her after being employed for more than two months that their new policy states “dreadlocks, braids, mohawks, mullets and other hairstyles,” are not appropriate for their place of business. Wow!

Video from Fox 2 Now St. Louis

Why is natural hair not corporate enough? We have to ask ourselves why does this keep happening and how do we go about changing how people view a hairstyle that is cultural and signature to Afro-textured hair. Yes, other cultures and races embrace and wear dreadlocks as their choice style too, but why can we not meet half way in the workforce?

Just like any other hairstyle there are do’s and don’ts for professionalism. So why does deadlocks or even braids have to be a total “don’t” when it comes to being professional?

3 Responses

  1. esperanza makendengue

    Love. Ur pictures of locks and dats what encouraged me to carry on.

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  2. nappynana

    This happened to me as a non-emergency EMT. Since, I didn’t like my “starter locs”, I shaved them off and had my barber design a beautiful lady fade. When I went to work the following week, the supervisor complained that ‘I didn’t look like a girl”. I laughed at him and walked away and resigned several months later to devote more time to my business. Natural people need to open and support our businesses, it is the only way to feel safe and make a living.

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  3. Shura Bourne

    I am a police officer in Barbados and I have sisterlocks. They are always neat and tidy and off my collar as was detailed in the regulations. Now all of a sudden, the hierarchy has demanded that dreadlocks and sisterlocks are now forbidden, regardless of the reason and no rationale behind the move given.So we are all expected to cut our hair. Why are we so backward thinking as a people? Why is natural hair always seen as unprofessional?

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