View Poll Results: Do white people have an opinion on ethnic hairstyles

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  • As long as said ethnic hairstyle looks kept, I don't care

    52 37.68%
  • I think ethnic hairstyles such as afros and dreadlocks are unprofessional

    11 7.97%
  • I think straight hair looks better on black women

    9 6.52%
  • I've never even gave it a thought

    74 53.62%
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Thread: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    Agree with you on everything but the Dreads. If they are well kept? They are beautiful.
    I like the little short dreads, but I'm not a fan of the large, thick overgrown ones.

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    I like the little short dreads, but I'm not a fan of the large, thick overgrown ones.
    My hubby had short little dreads when I met him.
    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.

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    My hubby had short little dreads when I met him.
    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.
    My hair is naturally curly and a huge pain in the ass, and would easily do dreads because it tangles like crazy, but eh. Short dreads are cute. But, I can't see myself doing it.

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by herenow1 View Post
    In the blogworld ppl are commenting on Michelles hair at different events and it sparked this question. If Michelle wore her hair with an afro and a headband, or had manicured locs, or didn't have a relaxer, or didn't use heat, would the world look at her differently? Would people automatically assume she doen't take pride in her appearance?
    Most White first ladies have also altered their hair with dyes and perms. Most women seem to alter their hair, often opting for blond.

    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.

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    Most White first ladies have also altered their hair with dyes and perms. Most women seem to alter their hair, often opting for blond.

    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.
    Actually, they've all had helmet hair.

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Most White first ladies have also altered their hair with dyes and perms.
    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.
    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.
    Last edited by 1069; 09-05-09 at 04:02 PM.

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    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.
    10 you just made the point most people are making. It's not a race issue. It's about having a professional appearance.

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by StandUpChuck View Post
    10 you just made the point most people are making. It's not a race issue. It's about having a professional appearance.
    I also had a mohawk when I was young. I also bleached my hair platinum and dyed it a rainbow array of colors.
    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.

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    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.

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    We've heard from Hatuey (hope he contributes more). Would be nice to hear from Laila, Blackdog, bhkad, Dark Wizard, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    I think this entire issue is ridiculous.
    I straighten my hair, my hair is naturally curly but i prefer it straightened. I do not think i emulate white females nor do i believe we are secretly oppressed by them. I look fine with or without curly hair and i have been insulted more by black women than i have any other race for "acting white". What the bloody hell is that supposed to mean?
    I do not like afros personally, i too find them unprofessional in a work setting
    'acting white' is usually code for being educated and being articulate IMHO

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