Braids or Natural hair law school perceptions??

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Hogwartsexpress
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Braids or Natural hair law school perceptions??

Postby Hogwartsexpress » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:43 pm

Could not find a post that asked this, link me if I am wrong. Law school wise do you see a lot of AA rocking their natural hair or braids. Is it common or frowned upon? Have you ever been told certain hairstyles are unprofessional??

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Re: Braids or Natural hair law school perceptions??

Postby azaleafire » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:55 pm

I have actually asked a couple of people about this in regards to law firms. The consensus seems to be as long as its neat, no one is going to comment on it. Whether you get complimented or not is a different story. I always can't say how that will go when it comes to OCIs. I will also say that most of these people were in large(r), more liberal cities - Think Chicago/NYC/Boston etc. So that may also change things.

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Re: Braids or Natural hair law school perceptions??

Postby brinicolec » Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:42 am

Idk if this helps any, but I sat in on a 1L class in Michigan and there were two black women in the class. Both of them had natural styles (one had micros, the other had twists).

Edit: I meant protective styles, not natural styles :roll:
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Re: Braids or Natural hair law school perceptions??

Postby ausimpv » Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:28 pm

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Re: Braids or Natural hair law school perceptions??

Postby chasima » Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:01 pm

I'm a 0L, so I can't speak to the law field specifically, but (as much as I hate to say this), the only time I've received negative comments about my hair at work was from other black women who had strong feelings about relaxed vs. "nappy" hair. Could just be my experience, but in a professional environment where I am often the only female and often the only black person, I've been treated either the same with or without my weave and had totally non-cringey compliments about my natural hair from people who I don't think genuinely know the difference.

I think it mostly has to do with the work culture of the office itself, honestly. I'm a strong believer that you should NOT put harsh chemicals on your scalp or shell out hundreds of dollars for a weave for a job out of principle unless you're planning to make multi-millions as an actress or a model or something lol.

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Re: Braids or Natural hair law school perceptions??

Postby brinicolec » Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:20 am

I'll probably be a weave/wig-wearer for much - or all - of my legal career. I've always been really self-conscious about my hair though.

I cut it all off not long ago and am currently growing it back out though so in LS it'll def. be protective styles while I try to get my length back :lol:

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Re: Braids or Natural hair law school perceptions??

Postby chasima » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:18 am

brinicolec wrote:I'll probably be a weave/wig-wearer for much - or all - of my legal career. I've always been really self-conscious about my hair though.

I cut it all off not long ago and am currently growing it back out though so in LS it'll def. be protective styles while I try to get my length back :lol:


I mean, I personally couldn't imagine myself NOT doing weaves with a big law job, but mostly because they take so much less time than maintaining my outrageously thick natural hair. During super busy times at work when there's little time to spend doing my hair in the morning, having a low maintenance weave is a LIFESAVER. I've never tried wigs, but mostly because I'm afraid they'll look terrible if I attempted them myself lol but I'd imagine they're even better for saving time when work gets crazy, so maybe I'll look into figuring that out before law school starts!

I'm also a fan of natural hair clip ins, even though I'd say they aren't as low maintenance as a weave or a wig, they do help me keep one natural style throughout the week since I have fine hair that refuses to hold a curl, and are less expensive in the long run.

Hair is a personal choice, I consider ourselves fortunate to have so many options, but if it comes down to it, I've definitely chosen to use my weave fun-funds for an early/bigger payment on debt (undergrad) before and I feel like if that's a kind of choice that someone is facing in the future, they should pick whatever their heart desires without the pressures of "will i keep my job" or "will my coworkers treat me differently" looming over them. We're there for a reason (smart, innovative, valuable for the team, etc), and our weave is not one of them.

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Re: Braids or Natural hair law school perceptions??

Postby smilingorch » Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:03 pm

Hogwartsexpress wrote:Could not find a post that asked this, link me if I am wrong. Law school wise do you see a lot of AA rocking their natural hair or braids. Is it common or frowned upon? Have you ever been told certain hairstyles are unprofessional??


It might also depend on the law school but at the ones that I visited (UVA, Harvard, Michigan, and Columbia) all the black women had their hair either natural, braided (microbraids, box braids, etc). or a wig with straight hair. I saw ONE black girl with relaxed hair and that was at UVA. I didn't see any noticeable weaves, but the wigs were pretty noticeable IMO. I'm not sure if they switch it up during interview season, but they definitely wear their hair however they like during other times. I actually asked about hair at every school I visited because I wanted to know where I could go to get my hair done.

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Re: Braids or Natural hair law school perceptions??

Postby SmokeytheBear » Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:19 pm

What city are you going to be in?

In LA all are acceptable in big law and at law school, though natural has been the trend.




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