Yesterday I received an unexpected mid-day phone call from my big sister. I immediately knew something was up because she never calls me in the middle of a workday. When I stepped out to take the call, she told me how she just needed to vent because a co-worker came for her natural hair.
I’m two years into my natural journey and because of the great progress and health of my hair my sister had decided to take on the journey to natural as well. Instead of big chopping, she made the decision to transition and I’m so proud of her. As a way to manage the two textures, she is rocking perm rod sets and flat twist outs.
When she wore her hair curly to work, this one co-worker gave her uninvited opinion on how natural hair isn’t for my sister and she should wear her hair straight. Apparently she has made multiple comments even though my sister says that she will do whatever she wishes with her hair.
She reached out to me because of the huge amount of opposition, specifically from family members, I’ve dealt with throughout my entire natural journey. Just last week I was at my grandmothers where she told me she liked my hair better in my protective jumbo twist style!
The advice I offered her was to get some tough skin and continue to transition while wearing it proudly. Everyone is going to have an “opinion” of what you do, but what others “think” of your decision to go natural is none of your business.
Although I’ve never had anyone other than my family tell me that they dislike my natural hair, I can only imagine the annoyance of it coming from a coworker who I’m not even close with, as in my sister’s case. But I’m glad I could be there for her and my words of encouragement helped her move forward.
Have you ever gotten negative comments from a coworker on your hair?