Dreadlocks? - page 2

Right now I am doing my pre-reqs to try to get into the RN program at Ivy Tech. I am also about to put my hair in dreadlocks very soon. Before I do, I would like to know if you think it will be hard for me to get a job? They... Read More

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    Personally I dont see why this would be a problem. Many people now have dreadlocks which looks nice as long as its taken care of. We have physicians and nurses who have this hairstyle and I never once thought to myself than they look unprofessional because of it. Frankly, I just dont notice because they carry themselves well both physically and professionally. I guess at the end of the day it depends on individual agencies. But if it were me, I dont see what the big deal is.

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    Let me tell you, as a graduate from Ivy Tech, that dreads will not be tolerated in clinicals, nor will they probably even be tolerated in the classroom. Don't even waste your time. a girl in my class was told she had to remove her headband and use hairpins because the headband was too "decorative." The headband in question was a conservative, tortishell colored band. We also had girls in our class told that their makeup was inappropriate, that their shoes were not white enough, and I even had to buy new socks because my old ones did not cover enough of my ankles.
    "Uniform violations" involved hairdos more than anything else, and let me tell you, there were no dreadlocks or pink-heads in my class. You are going to have to wait on the dreads.
    If you realllly want dreads, my advice is to wait until after you graduate and get hired. If you prove yourself as a good nurse and don't work somewhere too conservative...or have an office-only job, they may let you keep them. Maybe.
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    Probably it depends on the region that you live in. What's okay in San Francisco could very well go over like a ton of bricks in Peoria.
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    I believe that people who are African-American or of mixed race...dread locks are a natural way of fixing hair. I have a close friend who is from St. Thomas that has always kept her hair in dreads and she pulls them back in "ponytail" while nursing.

    There is nothing unnatural or unprofessional about it, which is another reason why it's referred to as "ethnic" hair...because it's the way the hair naturally wants to go without someone having to spend a fortune on relaxers, etc.

    However, for everyone else, it's not natural or professional thing to do. The oil content of "caucasian" hair is entirely too high and from my understanding, cannot really be washed without ruining the look, which can really raise a stink in more ways than one.
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    I agree with BabyLady. For people with nappy hair, dreadlocks look like just another hairstyle. For White folk it makes them look like a urine drug screen would most definitely be positive for THC...
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    Quote from FireStarterRN
    I agree with BabyLady. For people with nappy hair, dreadlocks look like just another hairstyle. For White folk it makes them look like a urine drug screen would most definitely be positive for THC...
    *********!!!!!!!!!!!!! My coffee was about to come out my nose on that one!!!
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    Quote from BabyLady
    *********!!!!!!!!!!!!! My coffee was about to come out my nose on that one!!!
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    Hey Icaria,

    I have a friend who has been in nursing for quite a while and she has locks. I asked her about her thoughts and she mentioned that as long as the are kept neat she doesn't see why it would be an issue. Hope that helps
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    I am an American African young lady and I intend to loc my hair as soon as school starts in August b/c my lpn program is 9mths long & it will take my hair approx. 9mths to loc. As mentioned above, as long as any hairstyle is kept neat & clean, I dont see the problem. Furthermore, I would like to think that schools would be smart enough not to open themselves up to discrimination law suits by expressing problems w/ such ethnic hairstyles, especially if they are well maintained.
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    Quote from Ladyashleyd
    I am an American African young lady and I intend to loc my hair as soon as school starts in August b/c my lpn program is 9mths long & it will take my hair approx. 9mths to loc. As mentioned above, as long as any hairstyle is kept neat & clean, I dont see the problem. Furthermore, I would like to think that schools would be smart enough not to open themselves up to discrimination law suits by expressing problems w/ such ethnic hairstyles, especially if they are well maintained.
    Your hair must be above the collarline, off your face and be neat. Other than that, they can not say anything about an ethenic culture hairstyles. Good luck!!!


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