Ethnic Hair ???
- 0Oct 3, '06 by 1252982343I live in orange county NY. I am concerned about going on interviews because my hair is loc'd. Has anyone had experience w/ problems, rejections, or adverse reactions to "ethnic" hairstyles?
- 0Oct 3, '06 by TheCommuter, ASN, RN Senior ModeratorThere are still quite a few people in nursing who believe in conservative hair, clothing, cosmetics, and overall appearance. Unfortunately, many people at the top who run the bureaucracies prefer to hire people who resemble them in looks and personality traits. Dreadlocks frequently don't fit into the scheme of things because so much emphasis is placed on conservative appearance.
I personally wish that natural, locked hairstyles were more welcomed by the mainstream.
- 0Oct 4, '06 by Jules AI'm not familiar with the attitude of that community but in the area where I live dreads are quite common and I'd like to think that people are pretty cool about appreciating differences in others. There was a guy in my nursing class with dreads all the way down his back and he just had to pull them back in a rubber band for clinicals.
- 0Oct 22, '06 by pagandeva2000Quote from 1252982343I agree with the other posters. Some areas may be more conservative than others. I would wear my hair back with a scrunchy or rubberband so that it is out of my face. I live in Queens, New York, and we have dreads, extensions and weaves, so it has all be acceptable here.I live in orange county NY. I am concerned about going on interviews because my hair is loc'd. Has anyone had experience w/ problems, rejections, or adverse reactions to "ethnic" hairstyles?
- 0Oct 22, '06 by BSNtobe2009I think there are neat dreads and messy dreads. I have a friend Dawn that is originally from St. Thomas, and she has the "natural" hairstyle. All of her hair from her scalp is maintained tightly and she can also pull it back. It's actually beautiful.
If the rest of your appearance is neat, professional, simple makeup, etc. I don't see how your hair should make a difference.
- 0Oct 22, '06 by BSNtobe2009Quote from AlloramadaiI agree, I don't think that's a cultural thing either. That would be like me showing up in a Scottish kilt and calling it a "cultural" thing.The only issue I've seen was a nursing student (female) raising a stink in clinicals because they asked her to remove her doo rag. I can't remember ever seeing a woman wearing a doo rag, so was a little put off by her argument that it was a "cultural" thing.