It's not the first time we've seen an institution of some type try to place boundaries on what people can and cannot do with their hair.
Remember the post I did a few weeks ago about the flight attendant who was forced to hide his dread under a terrible wig in order to keep his job because his natural hairstyle was harming the company's image?
Well, this time its Hampton University. They have created a rule for its male business students: No dreads or cornrows.
The mandate was put in place in 2001 and only applies to a specific group of students enrolled in a leadership course within Hampton's five-year M.B.A. program. The Dean of the Business School believes that the hairstyles will prevent students from securing corporate jobs.
Maybe he's right?? Maybe in corporate America the 'old boys network' frowns upon those hairstyles...SO WHAT! What ever happened to freedom of choice?
I wonder if people think that this natural hair movement is some kind of political stance as it was also viewed in the 70s? Are people afraid of our afros, dreads and cornrows and somehow disguise it as something that 'for your own good?'
I see what the Hamptons University is trying to do: make their students employable once they leave the walls of academia, BUT banning a hairstyle is not the way to achieve that!
The question I have is this: Was this ban justifiable? Are cornrows and dreadlocks truly unprofessional? How much does (or should) your hair be a factor when applying for a job?
I would love to hear from the professional men with dread out there!
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