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
    Stop Hating!
    Stop Trolling! - Afros = Ghetto.
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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.
    Is an afro what happens when black people do nothing with their hair?
    (I seriously don't know).
    Do you realize that a great many white people including myself roll out of bed each day and go to work having done absolutely nothing to their hair except possibly brushed it for five seconds and maybe pulled it back in a ponytail, and are still considered to look absolutely, 100% "professional"?

    If the implication of your statement is that black people need to try harder, spend more money, and do more unnatural things to their hair than white people do in order to look "professional", then society needs to change.
    "Professional" is a subjective- not an objective- value judgement. It can change. It should change, if its current definition requires black people to have to do a lot of extra crap that white people don't have to do.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    Is an afro what happens when black people do nothing with their hair?
    (I seriously don't know).
    Most of the time? Yes. I've seen very few clean afros.

    Do you realize that a great many white people including myself roll out of bed each day and go to work having done absolutely nothing to their hair except possibly brushed it for five seconds and maybe pulled it back in a ponytail, and are still considered to look absolutely, 100% "professional"?

    If the implication of your statement is that black people need to try harder, spend more money, and do more unnatural things to their hair than white people do in order to look "professional", then society needs to change.
    "Professional" is a subjective- not an objective- value judgement. It can change. It should change, if its current definition requires black people to have to do a lot of extra crap that white people don't have to do.
    No. The implication of my statement is that there are certain things which are pleasing to the eye in certain environments and things that aren't. If I went to a party and saw a chick with an afro. I wouldn't care. It's a casual environment. People are allowed to let go and be easy. If I saw a white kid with long hair at a party? Same thing. I wouldn't care. Why? The context of the environment we're in. A party. But best believe if I had a meeting at 9 am in the morning with either of those people, the first thing I would notice would be their appearance. Not because they are white or black but because it's important to people. How you dress, whether you have make up on, how you keep your hair. Those are all signs used in most working environments as cues to whether the person you are dealing with is 'serious' or not.
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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    I work with uber-geeks so no one really pays much attention to the hairstyles. One of the gals has long jet black hair but the bangs are always a different color (yellow/white/pink etc). I've gotten so used to it that I don't really even notice it anymore.

    I think dreads on any women look unkempt. I don't care for the afro style on any woman either. Corn-rows can be attractive if done right. I personally think black women look terrific with the long relaxed bouncy and flowing look, or with medium to long length straight hair. IMHO both styles serve to frame and accentuate the beautiful facial features of black women.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Unprofessional :

    I never would have considered that an afro. But if that's considered an afro, then I like that very much. Moreso than the so-called "professional" picture you posted above it.

    However, I don't consider traditional, natural afros 'unprofessional' by any stretch of the imagination.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    I work with uber-geeks so no one really pays much attention to the hairstyles. One of the gals has long jet black hair but the bangs are always a different color (yellow/white/pink etc). I've gotten so used to it that I don't really even notice it anymore.

    I think dreads on any women look unkempt. I don't care for the afro style on any woman either. Corn-rows can be attractive if done right. I personally think black women look terrific with the long relaxed bouncy and flowing look, or with medium to long length straight hair. IMHO both styles serve to frame and accentuate the beautiful facial features of black women.
    Neither "bouncy, flowing" hair nor straight hair are natural to 99+% of African Americans.
    While respecting your opinion, I do not believe that anything so contrived and unnatural can "accentuate" or enhance beauty.
    I also believe that we still live in a very anglocentric society, which does not yet recognize natural Black hair as attractive or professional, and which rewards black people who try to emulate whites.
    Most black people have to do very cruel things to their hair in order to achieve a "long, straight" hairdo, if this is even possible at all.
    What our hair does naturally if we just leave it alone, they have to torture their hair in order to get it to do.
    I would like to see our culture become more accepting of the diverse natural beauty of various ethnicities, including becoming more tolerant of the fact that various ethnicities have different hair textures, and not all of them aspire to look white, nor should they be encouraged to.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    Neither "bouncy, flowing" hair nor straight hair are natural to 99+% of African Americans.
    While respecting your opinion, I do not believe that anything so contrived and unnatural can "accentuate" or enhance beauty.
    I also believe that we still live in a very anglocentric society, which does not yet recognize natural Black hair as attractive or professional, and which rewards black people who try to emulate whites.
    Most black people have to do very cruel things to their hair in order to achieve a "long, straight" hairdo, if this is even possible at all.
    What our hair does naturally if we just leave it alone, they have to torture their hair in order to get it to do.
    I would like to see our culture become more accepting of the diverse natural beauty of various ethnicities, including becoming more tolerant of the fact that various ethnicities have different hair textures, and not all of them aspire to look white, nor should they be encouraged to.
    wtf lol. It has nothing to do with "looking white". In my opinion certain hairstyles just look better on virtually any woman... it really makes no difference at all what color her skin is. What's more, women of all races and skin-color do cruel things to their hair to obtain a particular color, blend, texture, or style.

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

    No vote
    I try not to be a racist, I could care less about anyone's hair unless they block by view(remember the old movie houses where a woman in front of you would wear an outlandish hat and refuse to remove it ?) or smell bad..
    I have not been to a movie in nigh 50 years - have I missed anything ?

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

    wtf lol. It has nothing to do with "looking white". In my opinion certain hairstyles just look better on virtually any woman... it really makes no difference at all what color her skin is. What's more, women of all races and skin-color do cruel things to their hair to obtain a particular color, blend, texture, or style.

    Both Hatuey- comparing mohawks to afros- and you, claiming white women "process" their hair in order to look "professional" too- are making false analogies.

    The fact is that most white people's hair is straight already. All they have to do to have straight hair is just do nothing to it.
    Whereas, most black people's hair is frizzy/ kinky. African hair is a different texture. We all know this. Everyone knows it. It's not a secret.

    The problem arises when the prevailing social perception is that straight hair is "acceptable/ attractive/ professional" and kinky/frizzy hair is not.
    I'm sure you don't need to be Einstein to figure out why this is a problem, and why it's racially/ ethnically discriminatory, and why it needs to change.
    Because it exalts the natural appearance of white people, and promotes it as the ideal, while denigrating the natural appearance of black people as being unacceptable. Rather, the natural appearance of all people should be acceptable, and diversity should be celebrated.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    I have not been to a movie in nigh 50 years - have I missed anything ?
    Umm... movies are in color now. Have been for some time

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