It seems absurd, but it’s still a reality that there are serious consequences for some women who choose to wear their hair naturally coily or curly. In an interview with NaturallyCurly, Dominican natural Titiana Lugo shares the professional consequences she faced for embracing her curls;
“Growing up was very difficult for me because I had curly hair. In the Dominican Republic that was consider “bad hair”. If your hair was curly you were not able to fit into society, get a good job or even go to an expensive restaurant without people staring at you. Having curly hair made you feel like you came from another planet. My sisters and I all had to use chemicals on our hair to get rid of our tresses. This was the normal thing to do. We felt like we had to comply, even thought it meant damaging our hair and scalp, not to mention the nasty smell.
Last year, my employer laid me off of my corporate job. On many occasions my managers would give me written notice for coming to work with my hair in its natural texture. I really felt like I was the problem, so I stopped wearing my hair naturally curly. To fit in and keep my managers happy, I straightened my hair before I went to work everyday for more than ten years. I wanted to cut off my hair and just be bald. So, once I left that job, to be honest, I felt free. I could be me and let my hair down naturally, even if that meant having no money. I’m happy, and it feels awesome.”
You can read Tatiana’s full NaturallyCurly interview here.
And let’s not forget the naturals who are fighting all over the world to change the beauty standard and promote self-love.
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