Is wearing natural hair a professional style? This question is often raised when it comes down to getting a job and interview time. Although my hair does not essentially define who I am, my hair IS a part of me. Accept all of me or none of me, right? I do not intend to be rude about my opinion. I just do not want to work for someone who does not approve of my natural hair. I do not mind the standards of professionalism, but I think natural hair should be accepted as long as it is well-kept and maintained.
In order for you to get a better understanding of why my hair does not define me, I have written a poem that conveys how I view myself and my future. I hope this poem will be an inspiration to someone else. As you read the poem, think about how your natural hair enhances your beauty, but not necessarily affect your goals and aspirations.
My Hair Does Not Define Who I Am
By: Chekaylah Bradley
I am more than the 4C type
It does not get me where I’m going in life
The kinkiness does not exemplify what I am capable of
Just how I present myself out of love
I am more than the twist outs, braid outs, and wash and go’s
Even more classy than the glamorous afro
I am deeply enriched in intelligence
To support all of my investments
I am more than the olive oil and coconut oil
I’m just in love with my future to which I am loyal
I am concentrated to make it through
Just like the conditioner and shampoo
I am more than the natural hair product
Even though it not working would just be my luck
I am on a bright path towards my future
In which my dreams only need to mature
I am more than the deep conditioning and protein treatments
For my success does not have limits
I am going to be somebody
But I don’t know if the world is ready
I am more than the bad hair days
Because I conquer them in many ways
I am often misunderstood
In fact I knew that I would
I am more than my hair
Including its texture and style that makes people stare
I am only focused on the characteristics and traits that make up my personality
Therefore, my hair does not define who I am most importantly
My self-confidence came with time. Since I have been natural for five years, I have had the time to learn about what makes me who I am and realize the value of my self-worth. The next time someone comments negatively about your hair, tell them that your hair does not define who you are. You are more than what can be seen about you from the outside. The only thing people should worry about is what is on the inside of you, such as your character and personality.
Feel free to share this poem with your friends and family.
Does your natural hair define who you are?