Natural Hair in The Workplace, A Yes Or A No?

 

Women of color are forced to damage their hair everyday just to fit into what mainstream society tells them is acceptable. 

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Hello everyone!

Today I would like to speak about something that many of us “naturals” have thought about at least once every since our natural hair

journey has begun, and that wearing our natural hair in the workplace.

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Time and time again I hear about stories where someone of color, who has naturally curly hair, wears their hair in its natural state to work and is approached by someone saying that their look is “unprofessional”.

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The main question that I have is why is it “unprofessional” for me to wear my big naturally curly hair to work but not “unprofessional” for someone who is not of color to wear their hair in its natural state?

Another question I have is why is it that some of us believe we have to straighten our hair just to look professional or presentable?

Although I am an African American woman who wears her hair in its natural state, I have not only heard of this being an issue within the African American community but also among other races that have similar hair types or really curly hair types.

Why is straight hair the only thing that is accepted by everyone and why is something as simple as hair something that determines whether or not someone is professional.

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Women of color everywhere are having this problem on whether or not they should wear their hair naturally while they are at work.

Below is a clip of a woman telling her intern that she should straighten her hair in order to please their bosses.  Actress Tamera Mowry-Housely then shares her experience when someone could not look past her natural hair.

In order for someone of color, who has naturally curly hair, to get their hair straight they have to do one of two things (or both). Either chemically damage their hair or cause heat damage to their hair. With chemically damaged hair the person usually uses some type of a straightening perm (a chemical used to straighten hair). With heat damaged hair the person had to have straightened their hair with either a pressing comb (a comb that is designed to sit on fire or a hot plate, to heat up and straighten your hair) or a flat iron (a device designed to heat up to degrees well over 100, in order to straighten your hair).

What some people who are ignorant to the process doesn’t know is that the process of perming or straightening your hair  are extremely damaging to your hair and in most cases causes hair loss and in some cases health problems.

Chris Rock did an amazing job of pointing out some of the things that African American women do to get their hair to look the way that mainstream society tells them their hair is supposed to look in the 2009 movie, “Good Hair.

Below are a few examples of the damage a perm can do to your hair.

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Below are a few examples of the damage that putting heat in your hair daily can do.

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Because of the damage that it causes and the harmful effects to one’ s health a lot of people have been deciding to go natural.

Evonna Garland is a hairstylist who recently realized that there are many people who are deciding to go natural because of the health of their hair.

This is part of the reason why people are choosing to go natural now. The health of our hair is very important to some people and we want to do everything in our power to make sure its as healthy as it can be.

So when we choose to do our hair in natural styles it is not to be defiant it is so that we can wear our hair the way it grows out of our head.

Not everyone feels this way about natural hair though. Some people do believe that wearing your natural hair is unprofessional and untidy.

Donyel Robinson is one of these people. She feels that wearing your hair in its natural state is unprofessional and makes you look unkept. She also refuses to go natural herself and says that she will never wear her hair in its natural state.

 

Although some may feel that wearing your hair in natural state is not professional enough for the work place, there are many successful people who wear their hair in its natural state everyday to work and wouldn’t have it any other way.t2

Velicia Crayton is one of those people. She works in the medical field as a nurse and began her natural hair journey 7 years ago. She is a prime example of how someone can wear their hair in its natural state and still look professional. Every day she shows how someone can be natural and still be successful and excellent at their job.

She speaks about how wearing her natural hair makes her feel and how it helps her interact with her patients.

Dr. Sarah Swider is a researcher at Wayne State University who studies different hair salons, braiding shops and barber shops in certain neighborhoods and the changes they experience. She explains why people are so afraid of black women who decide to go natural. She says people are threatened by this because of the origins of natural hair and people are afraid of women who decide that they are no longer going to conform to societies ideas of how they should wear their hair.

 

The main thing that I would like for everyone to take from this is that if you can accept one race wearing their hair in its naturally flat state then why cant you accept someone who naturally has big curly hair. Both types naturally grow out of your head and both types are completely healthy for that individual. As long as the person is doing their job right and not harming anyone with the way they wear their hair it really should not matter.

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I am a proud natural and I absolutely love wearing my hair in its natural state. It’s easier to maintain and its so liberating to wear your hair the way it grows out of you head. It feels great not to worry about straightening it every day (which doesn’t last throughout the day anyway) or having to keep up with perming treatments. I am a lifelong natural and no matter where I work I will always wear my hair in its natural state. As long as you know how to maintain your natural hair and keep it looking beautiful then it should not be an issue in the work place.

Plus look at how beautiful natural women are. Why would you not accept these women into your place of work.

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For those people who want to go natural but have no idea where to start below are some natural hair salons, in the Metro Detroit area, to get you started.

Related link:

5 reasons why natural hair should not be viewed as unprofessional

 

 

 

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Hate Crimes in Cyberspace *Review*

 

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Hello everyone!

In this post I would like to talk about a major issue that has become more of an issue as the internet improves and that is cyber harassment.

As many of you may know, there have been an astonishing number of people online who have began to target people and subject them to an amount of abuse that would make anyone fearful of their safety.

These abuses include but are not limited to online threats, stealing of personal/financial information and “revenge porn”.

In Hate Crimes in Cyberspace, Danielle Keats Citron describes these unspeakable acts and what you can do in order to prevent or stop such abuses from happening.

She describes how dangerous these abuses are and how illegal they are, even though most people are ignorant to the laws against such acts.

One story in particular that she described was the story of Anna Mayer, a graduate student who was attacked online for months by someone unknown and vicious. She was a blogger who spent months talking about her weight problems, body acceptance and some other personal issues she had going on. She then decided one day to google her name to see what she could find. What she found, however, was something very disturbing and frightening.

Mayer found posts describing her as “stupid, ugly fat whore” and posts exposing her dating profiles and other personal things. The abuse began to get worse over the next few months of her life and even went as far as them telling people not to sleep with her because of an STD that she had, and also telling people not to hire her.

The main thing that I liked about this book was the fact that she exposed her readers to facts that many do not even know exist. One thing that I learned was that there are people online who actually recruit other people to join in, in harassing people online. I was completely taken back by that because I did not know that people actually turn this sickening act into a job.

The main thing that I thought she could have added was more examples and stories of cyber abuse that could better map out what cyber abuse is. Some people may not know that their content is considered abusive.

The people who do these things have a lot of time on their hands and in most cases, they do not realize just how illegal it is to stalk/harass a person the way they do even online.

In the past few years the amount of suicides in result to online harassment have went up especially in youths and young adults.

I myself have seen an astonishing amount of online abuse towards other people online and it amazes me how much some people online have no regard for other people and their lives.

My main advice to avoid being apart of the problem is to think about your post and if you would approve of someone saying the content of your post to your child.

 

 

Ethics in Journalism

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Hello everyone,

As many of us may know everything we do online is just a second away from being saved by someone and online forever.

When you’re a professional in the public, i.e. a journalist, you have to be even more careful about what you say and who you say it to.

The question that I want to address is: Is it wise for a journalist to get in angry exchanges with the public on social networks?

According to the ONA’s “Social Networking and The News: Key Issues”, journalist should avoid getting into heated exchanges with the public, including fellow journalist and sources.

They do state that if the journalist is paid to opinionated then it is okay for them to stir things up a little bit as long as it is not taking it too far.

I would have to agree with that. It is not your job as a journalist to get into it with the public and cause trouble because you are always representing your news outlet that you are employed with.

One journalist from New York Daily News, Shaun King, decided that he would post on Twitter and Facebook an email between him and another journalist in which he had a heated exchange with. He was immediately told to take it down and told that his accounts would be frozen if he didn’t. Why? Because it not only had the conversation but also had the other journalist’s phone number in the email. This is truly an example of bad judgment on his part.

I would have to take it a bit farther and say that you should not only stay away from online exchanges but also when you are out in public, because everything is being recorded.

Another example of bad judgment comes from an exchange that ESPN reporter Britt McHenry had with an employee from a towing company in which she was recorded insulting the employee. She called her uneducated, talked about her teeth and also talked about her weight, stating that if she was missing some teeth she probably could work there too.

Once the video surfaced online and went viral, she was suspended and later apologized on Twitter for her misconduct.

Yet another example of why you must compose yourself at all times especially when you’re in the public eye as a journalist.

 

 

 

Natural hair shrinkage (Podcast)

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Hello everyone!

I know I haven’t had many posts on natural hair yet but today I wanted to share this wonderful podcast on natural hair shrinkage and how to embrace you natural hair shrinkage.

This podcast by natural hair care news, provides ways that you can prevent shrinkage, products and oils that you can use in order to prevent your hair from shrinking so much.

They provide a few very good tips that you can use in order to help your hair avoid shrinking once you wash it.

It is free for the public to listen to so please go check it out and leave me comment on your view of the podcast.

Below is the link to the natural hair podcast:

http://www.naturalhaircarenews.com/2014/02/15/nhcn-podcast-0015-loving-our-natural-hair-shrinkage/

VIDEO: Social Status Effects On Health

Hello!

Today’s post is more academic than about natural hair and beauty products.

Today I had the chance to meet with Samuele Zilioli, a researcher at Wayne State University, to discuss his research in the psychology department there. His research is based off of two separate areas of psychology, one being social psychology and the other being health psychology.

Right now he is currently conducting a study on how social status effects health.  His goal is to find if health disparities can be explained by social economic disadvantage.

His view of why his research is important because it provides insight on the relationship between social status and health and also because he feels his research can provide the foundation for intervention programs.

I choose Mr. Zilioli to interview because I read on the psychology departments website the background on what their research was based on and I became interested in the topic of social science and health.

I too do think that it is indeed very important to find out if someone’s social status has an effect on their health and why.

We all know that the richer you are the better health care and treatment you get, with this research it is important to find out just how much of an impact that the social status of a person has on their health.

Like mentioned in his interview it is important to find if the social economic disadvantage of a person has any effect on a person’s health.

Hopefully the research that he and his team are doing can bring to light that there needs to be a change in healthcare so that the people who cannot afford to have the best health care can still receive the help and attention that they need in order to get better.

Wayne State event 10/21/15

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Tonight’s event was held by the National Society of Leadership and Success or NSLS. The event was one of many events to bring members of the society together in order to learn more about setting goals and reaching them and becoming the best leader you can be. Tonight we began by starting off with an Ice breaker and then transitioning into our goal setting portion. There were about 16 people in attendance and we all participated in the tasks we had to complete. Everyone in attendance seemed to have enjoyed themselves as well as gained something valuable from tonight’s event. The event was held in the student centers basement and lasted for about an hour. This event is strictly for members only but if invited to join this society I would highly suggest you do. This event helped me to set the goal of obtaining an internship for next semester that I plan to fulfill.

Web Analysis for The Guardian

Hello everyone!

Today I will be posting about my new favorite news website which just so happen to be the guardian.com. The Guardian is a news outlet website that is owned by The Guardian Media Group (GMG). They are a British mass media company that also owns other news outlets such as The Observer. The GMG is owned by Scott Trust Limited, which allows them to be able to be financially and editorially independent.

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The Guardian is mainly financed through the many advertisements throughout the website. Although the content on the website is free they do have a paid subscriptions section where you can pay to be a part of two different subscriptions. The digital pack allows you to access the UK edition as well as access the Guardian premium app. The second subscription is the Guardian Weekly where you can pay to get access to many different international news outlets delivered to your home in print.

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The Guardian uses multimedia to their advantage all throughout their website. They have a video section where you can view many different interviews that they have conducted as well as view interviews that they feel are news worthy. On the article pages you can also find many links to other articles that you may find interesting as well as articles that they feel are similar or related to the article at hand.

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The Guardian also has many social media websites that readers can go to in order to read snippets of stories or find links to their articles on their news site. Their Facebook account seems to focus more on entertainment pieces than hard hitting news, whereas their Twitter account has more focus on hard hitting news that entertainment. Their Instagram page has a lot of interesting photos on it with different stories behind it but focuses more on art and fun cakes.

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The Guardian does a very good job at allowing people to provide their feedback of their website and articles. When you visit their page they have this pop-up that comes up that allows you to click on it and give them your opinion on their website and articles. This feature is called the Guardian Crowd. They also have a page that you can go to in order to send them emails as well as join their other group called Guardian members. Of course they have a comments section where you can comment on the article and give them your feedback on the article itself. They also have a section of their website called the opinion section where they post peoples opinion on different topics in the news.

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One article that caught my eye was an article on this California woman who was burned by her e-cigarette that exploded on her. Apparently this woman was on her way to the airport when she plugged her e-cigarette in to charge and it exploded causing her dress to catch on fire, which caused her to have second degree burns on her thighs, buttocks and hands. Another story that I found interesting was a story on African women and their views on wearing their hair natural. Although this story isn’t current, I still found it interesting the way these women thought about their natural hair. In the article these women basically said that wearing your hair in its natural state made you look unkept and poor, and that the women who didn’t wear weaves weren’t going to find anyone to marry them. Many of these women couldn’t afford to buy these expensive weaves but they did anyway just so they could look nice.

The only downside of this website to me, was the main page being a little cluttered and the overbearing amount of advertisements throughout the articles. The main page is just really busy with a lot on it and can be a little too much to take in at once. The advertisements are placed all throughout the article which takes some of the focus away from the article and onto the advertisements. When a story is really sad and heartbreaking it takes an emotional aspect away from the page with the advertisements everywhere and makes it seem a lit inconsiderate of the situation.

I hope you enjoyed my analysis on The Guardian and if you would like to read the articles that I mentioned above you can check out the links below.

The woman and the e-cigarette article:

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http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/01/california-woman-burned-e-cigarette-awarded

The African women and natural hair article:

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/dec/16/curls-nigerian-women-straight