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Paul Mooney says "if your hair is relaxed, then white folks are happy, if your hair is nappy they are not happy"

Paul Mooney says "if your hair is relaxed, then white folks are happy, if your hair is nappy they are not happy"

What are your thoughts of Afros and dreadlocks in the work place? Do you think it is professional or unprofessional? I am currently wearing an Afro and will be working as soon as I get certified. I will be(hopefully) working in an office setting. I read many articles about how African American hairstyles or perceived in the workplace. I need honest opinions ladies. Would you hire(if you were in a position) someone who had dreads or Afro?



Asked by Anonymous at 8:21 PM on Jun. 3, 2011 in Money & Work

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Answers (14)
  • A well kept afro can look very nice same with dreds. If they are maintained well.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:22 PM on Jun. 3, 2011

  • I would. As long as they we kept up, not messy. First impressions are a huge deal.

    Answer by BabyBugsmama at 8:22 PM on Jun. 3, 2011

  • as long as the person is clean and has respect i dont care about their hair... my SO has dreds i love them and they are clean and twisted when needed and he does put them up in a tie when he has to..

    Answer by chrstny88 at 8:23 PM on Jun. 3, 2011

  • It all depends on what company you work for.
    I know people who work for the gov' NSA, NASA, FBI, ect...

    and even though I've never seen dreads, I have seen some wild "hur-up dids". Bottom line, I think it boils down to the company. If you do your job and do it well, it doesn't matter what your hair style is as long as it's presentable. If you're a half ass worker and your hair is presentable but still have dreads or those ghetto star-trek hair styles, yes, I think it'll cause problems.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:28 PM on Jun. 3, 2011

  • Absolutely. But I work at a Movie Studio and I've seen it all. Mohawks, bright colors, face tats, the works. But I can't imagine anyone being offended by a fro.

    Answer by onethentwins at 8:33 PM on Jun. 3, 2011

  • Well-kempt natural hair looks perfectly professional to me.

    Answer by SWasson at 8:36 PM on Jun. 3, 2011

  • I am an administrator in an urban school system. I have a short natural hair style, and had an afro until a couple of days ago. The administrator that I work under has Sisterlocks, and there are several administrators with locs, afros, and other natural hair styles. There are also several teachers (male and female) with dreads. As someone else said, as long as your hair is kept up, there shouldn't be a problem.


    Answer by kodamom at 8:50 PM on Jun. 3, 2011

  • As long as it is kept nice, I would hire someone with an afro. When I was a manager, I had a girl that worked for me with an afro. Dreads I'm not so sure about - they always look dirty to me.

    Answer by missanc at 8:23 PM on Jun. 3, 2011

  • I would love to seem more natural hair on everyone - less straightening product, hair dyes. But I don't think dreads would be acceptable in the conservative legal industry.

    Answer by tasches at 9:12 PM on Jun. 3, 2011

  • As long as it is kept neat and kept clean I don't think it's an issue.

    Answer by tspillane at 6:57 AM on Jun. 4, 2011

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