Daily Archives: October 24, 2016


Losing the battle for natural hair? Locs and discrimination. 1

In recent natural hair news, there have been some major victories in the fight to simply wear our hair natural, in professional settings. After all, there is nothing unprofessional about Afro textured hair.  Here in the U.S, the Army were made to reconsider a dress code policy that banned braids, twists and many of the protective styles we rely on. Certain schools have also been challenged on their policies and made to change them, in order to incorporate young girls who wear their Afro-textured hair natural. Worldwide, we felt the plight of the young protesters at Pretoria High School for Girls in South Africa, they faced systematic racism.  The school’s hair policy and how it was implemented was simply a reflection of that. Then in the UK, Fulston Manor High school was challenged to update a policy that hadn’t been changed since 1973, and banned braids and braided extensions. Such policies, whether intentional or not, caused some form of distress to women and young girls who were told their hair didn’t comply. This may have pressured many of them to go back to chemical relaxers, which would have automatically put them in compliance with such policies.  This is why it is important to continue to speak up and challenge those who automatically view our hair as unprofessional, or not good enough.