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 1069 View Post
    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.
    You must have great hair, then. When I was in corporate, I dropped $150 a few times a year on foils and at least $50 + tip for a decent haircut/style every 6 weeks. If I didn't already have curls, I'd probably have needed a body perm. Oh, and I had to count on $30 every month or so for salon products. Come to think of it, I have pretty great hair! I just needed to tame it to look the right part. Otherwise, I'd have gone into meetings looking like Barbara Streisand circa "A Star is Born." It's just a part of the professional culture.

    The issue isn't necessarily a racial one, but perhaps a gender one.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    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.
    I don't like it when women who have more wrinkles than a Sharpei dye their hair a solid color.
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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.
    My hair started to go gray- white, actually- very early (mid-20s); it's mainly one big streak at my left temple (with random individual strands here and there).
    I've come to terms with it in the last few years. In my case, "looking older" is not a bad thing. The texture of the gray bothers me more than the color. It's coarse and stiff and wiry, a whole different texture than the rest of my hair. Coloring it doesn't change that.

    You must have great hair, then.
    I have good, strong, thick hair- dark and straight and tending to oiliness. It was shiny as glass when I was younger. Less shiny now.
    It's helped that I've generally kept it short: often bobbed or shingled in the back, and never longer than shoulder-length. I'm sure that, like anyone's, it would get damaged and have split ends, if I let it grow long.

    I have never once in my life felt that my natural, unaltered appearance was "unprofessional" or not socially acceptable. I don't want anyone to ever feel like that. Nobody should have to. Nobody should have to alter their appearance unless they want to, for fun or for their own personal reasons.
    The things I've heard on this thread and seen IRL lead me to believe that black women feel obligated to alter their natural hair in order to be perceived as socially acceptable.
    I don't like that.
    I think society should change, if that's the case.
    It ought to be illegal for companies to discriminate against black women for wearing their hair natural. No company anywhere would discriminate against a white woman for doing the same.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Ummmm there isn't anything racist about considering an afro to be unprofessional. I consider it unprofessional and so do a lot of people. Some hairstyles are simply not professional or aesthetically pleasing regardless of who wears them. If a white guy came into an office with a mohawk it would be unprofessional. It has absolutely nothing to do with race. It has to do with what is aesthetically pleasing and what isn't. 'Afros' aren't aesthetically pleasing outside of phone company commercials or those for Viagra. Dreads are gross. And so is that nasty **** Asian guys do with their hair. You know the ridiculous curve on their hair that looks like something Tony Hawk could do a 360 off.

    I'll give examples :

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    Unprofessional :



    Professional :



    Unprofessional :



    Nothing to do with race. Just what looks good in a professional environment and what doesn't.

    I think the woman in the 2nd pic looks beautiful and totally professional. The last pic not so much
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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Stop Trolling! - Afros = Ghetto.
    To you they may be ghetto but not to a lot of people. I am not trolling so refrain from implying that I am a troll

    Oh and remember the name of that childrens book I mentioned earlier. It is called I Love My Hair! By Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and E.B. Lewis.
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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Afros don't look ghetto. They look retro 60s however. Remember 'The Mod Squad'?


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