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?

About The Author

My goal is to teach myself and others about our beautiful black hair and to have a place where we can come together to get examples, advice, and information of black hair growth and hairstyles. Whether you have permed, pressed, or natural hair its still black hair and it's beautiful.

4 Responses

  1. esperanza makendengue

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

  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.

  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?

  4. Glenika

    It’s mental slavery. The mind control of keeping an individual below them. Natural is more than just a culture or cute style. In this time and age natural is a huge political statement that puts fear in whites and our own people. The black society has focused on changing their appearance to feel accepted in white society for years; mentally and physically abused tortured; brain washed; force to lose forget and lose their identity. Humans are already scared of change be nature. Your brain accepts and knows what it is feed to them. So for the 21st century to accept this change right now it will take a miracle. This is the first step to black identifying and knowing themselves, breaking the mental slavery we all have or had suffered. So please my fellow sisters continue to be you, love yourself, and stay beautiful.


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