Hairstyles are as diverse as the people underneath them and, much like people, many are judged unfairly.

No matter how you wear your hair, it's usually one of the first things others look at and is often what forms their initial impression of you and "Hair profiling" has historically been a tool for the judgemental to use against men and women of all races.

For example:

  • In the '60s and '70s, men with long hair were seen as druggies and draft dodgers, while black men who let their hair takes its natural course were viewed as everything from unkempt to militant radicals. Many doors were closed to both.
  • Punks in the '80s also often had trouble getting jobs and into classes due to their edgy cuts and wild hair colors.
  • Dreadlocks have pretty much always been seen in a negative light.

Nowadays, there seems to be more tolerance toward different hairstyles but, hair profiling is still a thing and is now often used to further darker, more racially-based hatreds.

According to KVIA, 7 states and several cities and counties across the USA have passed what is known as the CROWN Act which seeks to: "ensure protection against discrimination based on race-based hairstyles, hair texture, and protective styles."

"Hair Profiling" is now finally being seen as just as bad as any other form of discrimination. Especially with regard to black women who are 1.5 times more likely to be sent home from the workplace because of their hair." (crownact.com).

If you agree that "hairstyles matter", sign the CROWN Act petition here and learn more about the act itself here.

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