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?