If you’re a Black women with natural hair, you should be all too familiar with being mistreated because of your hair texture. If it’s too big, it might be seen as a political statement and if it’s curly, someone might ask to touch it. Straight hair seems to set the tone of what is deemed “appropriate” in society.
“I’ve been told it’s too big,” said Gabrielle Union sharing a personal story about her own bout with hair discrimination. “I’ve been asked, ‘Is it real?’” posed Aduba. “I’ve been told it blocks people’s view,” added Palmer.
Glamour spoke with a handful of women, who opened up about their experiences with hair discrimination.
Farryn Johnson revealed her employer demanded she “take out” her highlights because they “didn’t look ‘natural’ on Black women.”
Another woman, Brittany Noble, a former news anchor in Mississippi, was fired from her job after she was told her hair looked “unprofessional.”
Stories like these led to the Crown Act (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) — a law that was originally passed in California to prevent discrimination based on hair style or texture.
With more discussions about Black, natural hair, celebs like Union and Palmer have been letting their natural hair flourish for all of mainstream media to see. By simply wearing their hair they’re raising awareness around natural hair and how beautiful it is.