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?

    Who gives a crap?
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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    If you're over 16, any race and have a job or plan on having a job. You shouldn't have braids, dreads, mohawks, fauxhawks, buns, etc. But that's just me. Some things just don't look professional. Erykah Badu having an afro? Understandable. She's an artist. Michelle Obama having a fro? Bit unbecoming of a first lady. Obama's kids having braids or fros? Don't really care. They are kids.
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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by OxymoronP View Post
    Afros, braids do not belong in a professional setting.
    Please explain your reasons for this opinion.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    If you're over 16, any race and have a job or plan on having a job. You shouldn't have braids, dreads, mohawks, fauxhawks, buns, etc. But that's just me. Some things just don't look professional. Erykah Badu having an afro? Understandable. She's an artist. Michelle Obama having a fro? Bit unbecoming of a first lady. Obama's kids having braids or fros? Don't really care. They are kids.
    I don't understand why natural black hair, sans processing, isn't considered professional. Can you explain? I've seen some very nice-looking braids and afros.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Please explain your reasons for this opinion.
    Because they dont look professional.


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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 don't understand why natural black hair, sans processing, isn't considered professional. Can you explain? I've seen some very nice-looking braids and afros.
    To me they remind me too much of some of my less, refined friends in California. I associate braids with gangbanging(Being in a gang. Not the other one) and Fros are for me associated with the 60s and 70s black power movements. It's also a matter of aesthetics. I know many people who have 'afros' and work in very professional environments however to me they simply don't look 'clean'. But it's not a race thing. It's just my own perception of what looks good in a professional working environment and what doesn't.
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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    I think most ppl don't have a problem with braids as long as they are extensions, or teeny tiny small. I see nothing unprofessional about this womans hair.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by herenow1 View Post
    I think most ppl don't have a problem with braids as long as they are extensions, or teeny tiny small. I see nothing unprofessional about this womans hair.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by stekim View Post
    Who gives a crap?
    You'd be surprised how much talk is put into the matter. Chris Rock and Halle Berry both are coming out with movies/documentaries over this very subject . Chris Rock is doing a documentary called ''Good hair''. It exposes the dangers of the harsh chemicals in relaxers, how constant heat damages their hair etc. It talks about how black women(in general) are only accepted in places if their hair meets the European standard. Black hair is a booming buisness, and black women spend the most on hair products(including fake hair). Here you can see that anything that doesn't look straight or Europeanish, it is not accepted, even though their hair is completely different in texture. Why should anyone be ashamed of the hair God gave them? I've seen black women with a coily defined afro, and they had nice accesories and a nice headband to go with it. Why should she be considered unprofessional, all b/c she is wearing her hair in her natural state...unaltered?

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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?
    I would consider her appearance pretty strange if she had an afro but it wouldn't alter my perception of her as a person or a political figure.

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