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Speaking to many women with natural hair in America, the way you wear your hair to work can be a source of anxiety and sometimes even trauma. There is pressure to wear ones’ hair straight, which is often deemed “presentable” in the work.

Whether it’s navigating how to wear your hair for an interview or changing your hair into box braids for summer only  to avoid any issues, natural hair in the workplace is unnecessarily stressful. Well, now, California is helping you deal with that.

California lawmakers have passed The CROWN Act, a bill to protect Black employees and students by outlawing discrimination against people with natural hairstyles like afros, dreadlocks, braids, and twists.

The bill states, “The history of our nation is riddled with laws and societal norms that equated ‘blackness’ and the associated physical traits, for example, dark skin, kinky and curly hair to a badge of inferiority.”

The bill shines light (and protection) on the fact that European aesthetics have been the standard for beauty and have unfairly targeted Black workers and students more than any other group.

The CROWN Act stands for ‘Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair. While there were no “no” votes, there were 10 politicians that chose not to vote on the bill including Frank Bigelow, Joe Cervantes, Steve Cooley, Duke Cunningham, James Gallagher, Tom Lackey, Monique Limon, Evan Low, Kevin McCarty and Melissa Melendez. Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles told NPR, “I have no idea why they abstained.”

If it wasn’t important to them, it was important to Mitchell, who told NPR, “The sheer volume of women and men and parents of students who have been sent home because someone deems their braids, twists, or locs were inappropriate for workplace settings, the sheer volume of people, suggests this clearly is a law whose time has come.”

Dove was criticized in 2017 for a body lotion ad featuring a Black woman who took off her shirt to become a white woman, has supported this bill. The brand has also been working diligently for more representation, partnering with Getty Images and more.

New York and New Jersey has proposed similar legislation. In February, NYC enacted its own policy protecting afros, braids, fades and other black hairstyles.

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California Moves To Protect Black Women Who Wear Natural Hairstyles was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

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3 thoughts on “California Moves To Protect Black Women Who Wear Natural Hairstyles

  1. WOMEN OF COLOR SHOULD BE FREE TO WEAR OUR HAIR IN ANY DAMN STYLE WE CHOOSE.
    So long as our mane is clean and well groomed.

    white folks need to get a grip and leave others alone.
    Where is it written that WE must CONFORM to their STANDARDS?

    THEY ARE SIMPLY HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!
    OUR HAIR COMES IN ALL TEXTURES–whereas their hair is simply LIMP and when WET tends to smell like a DOG!!!!!!!!!!!

    I wish someone WOULD come at me for my LONG LUXURIOUS HOME-GROWN LOCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Ted Gravely on said:

    It’s a damn shame that a law has to be passed for so called black people to wear their hair naturally. You conformist and assimilators are coons. Your desire to look like white people is disgusting. There is nothing more regal than a beautiful Hebrew Family. What’s distressing is that you know what will happen – so called black women will raid the weave store and Walmart to put yarn in their heads. That ain’t natural, but will claim that nasty no part hair as natural. Crown Act. Foolery.

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