There have been many discussions on many hair forums and on various blogs and it's always an interesting dialogue. Just yesterday I remember reading a post about a woman who had been natural for 2 years, but went back to the "creamy crack" (her words) because as a principal of a school, it just didn't seem as professional. Or rather, wasn't seen as professional.
That's so not true.
I know a high school principal in my city(yes, there's only ONE public high school here....lol), who rocks mid-back length and GORGEOUS locs. Might I add, I live in a predominantly White neighborhood.
When I hear people giving that excuse, it speaks to me of them just not being ready or willing to accept their hair. I'm sure that's not always the case, but it just screams of an excuse to go back to relaxing. I'd much rather hear a person say they just prefer straight hair. Some preferences just stem from what's considered a convenience, and not always about acceptance(although it CAN). If that's a preference, so be it. But to tell the person you're having this discussion with, "you have good hair, so you can wear your hair naturally", tells me that you've been brainwashed into accepting and perpetuating that good hair/bad hair mess.
This really needs to stop. Natural hair IS professional. I work in a veterinary practice and I work with two loc'd sistas(one who's a doctor), and myself and two other ladies are loose naturals(one's a nurse and the other is a doctor).
So, is it still unprofessional?