Kourtney & I at a Houston Natural Hair Meet-Up.
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Hey, I recently went natural I really enjoy it I love my new found self confidence and everything that comes with being natural. However my parents, especially my dad disagree with my decision. They feel like my "hair" will effect me when I enter the corporate world. I love my parents with all my heart, but I did this because I wanted to. Did you deal with anything like this with your family?
I believe this question has common place with our community. There was a time were teeny weeny afros, two strand twist, locs and braids were taboo in the work place. But many natural women can confirm quite the contrary today. In response to her question:
My family was seriously questioning my sanity when I big chop. They were negative because all they knew was long relaxed hair as a standard of beauty. Sometimes it takes fam a little longer to embrace naturality and sometimes they never do. It is not responsibility to convince them. It is your responsibility to do what you are doing and love the natural you.
The “natural hair is not acceptable in corporate America” myth is no longer relevant to this time. I wouldn't suggest interviewing with a huge black panther fro but as long as your comfortable with your hair, do you and let your resume speak for you.
Early this year I teamed up with a fellow blogger to interview several natural ladies in corporate America to get their take on the subject. You can view their stories as well as their professional natural hair styles here.