As long as said ethnic hairstyle looks kept, I don't care
I think ethnic hairstyles such as afros and dreadlocks are unprofessional
I think straight hair looks better on black women
I've never even gave it a thought
Both of my sons have had short little braids at one time or another, in an effort to cultivate dreads, but the dreads never took. Wrong hair texture, I suspect.
I always wanted dreads myself (cute salon-dreads, not "DIY/ look, I put wood glue and tree sap in my hair, I'm so punk rock" dreads), but I've never been in a line of work where I felt this wouldn't have an adverse effect on my ability to make money.
I think she looks fine. It does seem to be considered more acceptable for professional women to not wear unaltered hair. You don't see any White women in political circles wearing undyed, unstyled hair.
Again, I don't believe it's true that "most" white women do this; does anyone really get "perms" anymore? I haven't heard of that since the 80s.Most White first ladies have also altered their hair with dyes and perms.
If white women color their hair, it is typically for personal reasons: to look younger, because they want a change, or because they think it will make them prettier/ sexier.
It is not to look more "professional", or more socially acceptable in the workplace, or less "ghetto", or because their natural hair makes them look "unclean" (as has been suggested about black women in this thread).
There is no natural hair color that is considered "unprofessional" on white women, or any sort of women, to my knowledge.
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The point is that I have to try to look "unprofessional", socially unacceptable, radical, or just plain outre. I have to expend time, energy, and money to do so. I have to damage my hair with chemical treatments to do so.
For black women, it is the opposite. They have to expend time, energy, and money and damage their hair with chemical treatments in order to be perceived as "normal", "professional", socially acceptable.
Unlike white women, their natural, unprocessed and untreated hair is not considered good enough. It's "unprofessional".
That is the issue.
I don't know, I think there is a lot of prejudiced against women who grey early, they are expected to color the grey out. They are perceived as old otherwise. You also see many Black women in professional settings with short afros and younger women with stylish braids or dreadlocks, that look great.
I've always worn my hair long and undyed and I think I was preceived as an aging granola girl. I recently had it cut short but I don't dye it, even at 52 I have very little grey. I think I look more conservative and respectable with shorter hair.