Akua Agyemfra was working at the Jack Astor’s restaurant in Toronto, Canada when a manager dismissed her for not wearing her hair down, according to company policy. Agyemfra normally wears extensions to comply with company policy, but on this day her hair was in a bun, which she pulled out to demonstrate that natural hair does not hang down. She was sent away anyway.
“I know most black women at restaurants are forced to wear wigs or weaves or extensions, or are forced to straighten their hair everyday.
Don’t get me wrong, I think extensions look great. I’ve been wearing them ever since I was a little girl. I love when I get my braids. It’s the protective style I choose and works for me.
But why am I scrutinized when I decide to to take them out? That’s not fair.
I’m not going to compromise my roots and edges because my employer wants me to. My scalp has a right to breathe just as much as the woman standing beside me…
Unless your hair is permed, rarely does a black women’s hair stay down when it’s straightened. It may stay laid for a few hours but that style is only temporary.
I just want equality. If a women, white or black, is more comfortable with their hair up, I don’t understand why it’s such an issue at a restaurant setting.”
Watch Agyemfra discuss the situation below.