I cut my hair the night I came home from work and it was going to be another week until I worked again. When the next Friday came and I got ready for work I realized that my unisex uniform would diminish my beauty. Lol. I put in cute earrings and a cute head band with a flower just so that I may look more like a girl.
As soon as I got there I got right to work because there was customers to be tended to. As I was ringing up orders, I looked in the corner of my eye at my boss looking at me in confusion. When he saw me look he quickly turned his head.
My sister, she and I work at the same place, told me later on that he asked her "What happened to Shelby?" or "What did Shelby do to her hair?", somewhere along those lines. Her response was "She's going natural." You cannot tell an older white guy what going natural means! In some cases I'm sure they may know what it is but this white guy was confused.
Before I was fully natural, I had read that natural hair isn't really accepted in the workplace or certain professions and I started to feel what they were talking about last Friday. No, this isn't a serious case of natural hair not being accepted but it did put a light on it that people just don't know how to deal with a black woman's natural hair or how to react to it. I just pray to God that when I graduate from college, my concern isn't "Am I not going to get the job because of my hair?"