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
And every woman (and every man) should be free to choose without subtle social pressure telling them that their race/ ethnicity isn't good enough, and that they should attempt to emulate white people in order to be acceptable in the workplace (in a society which is, not surprisingly, still ruled by a white power structure).
And many other women do nothing to their hair, ever. (Missypea).
And I never colored my hair to look "more professional".
If anything, I probably look more professional with my gray streak, which makes me look older.
I colored my hair to look younger and sexier.
There's a difference. Do you see the difference?
Society is not telling me that I need to change anything about my natural appearance in order to look "more professional".
Society basically tells me that in order to look "professional", all I have to do is not to change my natural appearance overmuch (ie, the "mohawk" example, pink hair, etc).
On the other hand, claiming that black women look better with "straight" or processed hair is telling them the opposite: that their natural appearance is unacceptable in a professional setting, and that in order to be "professional" they should alter it to an extreme degree.
Missy straightens her hair every morning. I also included straightening in those things which every woman I know has done at some point.
Society doesn't tell anyone anything, since society cannot speak as one. If you want to look professional, hair is a good start. If you don't, don't bother. Do you wash and comb? Do you use products? We all do something, and that something depends on how we want to be viewed. Frankly, I couldn't care less about society. I just dress and do my hair for me.
I see what you're saying about black women, but I don't agree that all fro's look unprofessional. Some look real cute. But it's the same for caucasian women with say long hair. If it's hanging down to your a$$ with split ends and dandruff, it's not going to look as refined as long hair cut just enough to look styled.
Last edited by StandUpChuck; 09-05-09 at 09:40 AM.
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One would think a forum member of your alleged status, Tashah, would be able to debate a hypothetical topic (we're both white, after all, so what else could it be besides hypothetical?) without employing subtle putdowns of her opponent's position in every post ("wtf, lol"; "You should get out more", etc), if there were any validity at all to her position and if she wasn't defensive because she realizes, deep down, that her position is inherently racist.
These putdowns are merely a subconscious defense mechanism. We begin to employ them when we realize, on some level, that the positions we are attempting to defend are in fact indefensible.
Let's face it Ten. There are literally thousands of hair products today strictly for black women. Why? Because black women are a huge market and black women (like all women) prefer a vast range of choice.
Your racism arguments here are specious and quite frankly... out of vogue.
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Because systematic racism still exists in our culture, and there is a constant and subtle societal pressure on black women to alter their natural appearance and attempt to emulate white women.Let's face it Ten. There are literally thousands of hair products today strictly for black women. Why?