Dreads in the Workplace

For many years, any sort of wild and crazy hair was completely forbidden. There are have been countless examples of business shunning those with colored hair, strangely styled hair, and certainly those with dreads.

We are blessed to live now in one of the most accepting and open societies that have been around in the world. It’s is becoming more and more acceptable to show that self-expression and the creativity we have inside us on the outside. It might be colored hair, tattoos, piercings, or dreads, it doesn’t matter. Things are changing for the better, which is good, but there are also a few things you can do to make sure that this experience stays positive in your own life.


First and foremost, be open to communication about it. In this example, most of you have dreadlocks. If you have dreadlocks you have to be open enough to talk about them or answer questions. Now, of course, people with their “normal” hair would not be required to answer some of the questions you will hear, but it’s better to be a positive advocate for the style either way.

Let your friends ask you questions, no matter how silly they are, because it makes you both approachable and allows them a better chance of acceptance if they know more about the subject.

Smooth Transitions

Secondly, ease into the dreads if you are getting them for the first time. Maybe one small section at a time or have a conversation about it with a boss or manager if it’s something you feel they should know. Being open and starting the conversation first will help eliminate any ideas of drawing attention in the future.

Style & Taste

Third, be appropriate with the style. Though these things are becoming more acceptable, we are not quite in a society yet where they are completely acceptable. There are dreads that are appropriate and those that are not for the workforce.

Keep them in great shape and looking healthy for a start. For now, steer clear or wild colors or additions like yarn or beads. Keep them simple and appropriate for the job you are doing. There are tons of ways to style your dreads that would look great at work, too.

Maybe a tied-back ponytail or pulling back the front section to frame your face are both great ideas. A sleek bun rolled up on your head it a good idea too. Keeping them healthy, shiny, and free of frizz and smell will significantly increase your chances of having your hair accepted in the workplace.

We live amidst a really cool society where work is being given more value than our looks, which is the way things should be, but there is also a part that you must play in making this work for the better. It’s your responsibility to share your style and express yourself in a way that fully represents you and your creativity while maintaining the ever-expected professionalism of the workforce. And it’s such a beautiful thing to have both at the same time.

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