It was bound to happen sooner or later. As a result of some hair issues, I got called into the office. Let me explain…
I’ve been trying to limit the amount of heat I put on my hair. Since committing to going natural, I want to stick with a more healthier approach. But my job as a weather anchor could make that a bit difficult. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, there are rules with regards to hairstyles for TV. Every station is different. The bosses are flexible when it comes to length, and have been known to give reporters who sport curly hair a break once in a while. But, shoulder length straight hair is the accepted look at the station I work for.
The other day I wanted to change things up a bit, so I rocked a side ponytail. I was pleasantly surprised when my boss told me she loved it! “I’m on to something here,” I thought. Fast forward a couple days later and she had a complete about face with this look.
To help with my thinning hair I decided to pin the sides. I thought it looked mad cute. But, I was told that it doesn’t look good, and that my hair too long. I explained that I’m suffering from hair loss, and the reasoning behind the style was to avoid curling my hair. She seemed very sympathetic and encouraged me to feel free to discuss my situation anytime. I was grateful for the reassurance. In fact, I appreciated it so much that I went on to tell her that I’m growing my hair out. “Do you know what that means,” I asked. She responded that she has “black friends” and proceeded to tell me about a former New York City anchor, Melva Tolliver, the first black woman to ever rock natural curls. She googled a recent picture of the former anchor and said, “she’s gone wild!” Apparently, her more recent naturally gray curly tresses were a departure from the small afro from back in the day.
I won’t say anymore about that statement. As an on-air personality looking to take that natural leap, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to tell boss lady about my master plan. During the transitioning process I would like to continue wearing different styles to give me hair a break. She responded that we’ll have to take it case by case, which is cool with me. I also mentioned that once natural, I’ll stick with straight styles. But, there may be days in which I may want to go with curls.
The response was that company policy doesn’t allow for talents to constantly change their look which seems fair. “But what if I just rock it natural? Would that be okay?” Apparently not. Naturally curly hair is “too casual.”
So, I’ve got a lot to think about. I don’t plan on giving up on transitioning. But, I may have to get ‘wiggy wit it.’ After our chat, I decided to change my hair to my normal style.
Some may view this as giving in. I’m willing to bite the bullet on this one. I know it’ll be a bumpy ride ahead, as present more style options. In the meantime, I shared with her this youtube link. Who knows? We may be on to something good.
Do you ever struggle with having to maintain a certain kind of look for a job?
Weather Anchor Mama