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New York City Salon Plans On Learning How To Style Black Hair After Banning Braids And Afros

Benjamin Norman for The New York Times


New York City Salon Plans On Learning How To Style Black Hair After Banning Braids And Afros

A new York City hair salon is about to make major changes to their services after being accused of discrimination!

A hair salon on New York City’s Upper East Side is now being forced to learn how to service black clients with “black hair. “

According to the New York Times, Black workers were told that they could not do styles such as braids and afros as it did not match their upscale style.

The Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger salon was under investigation after various former employees both Black and White complained about their practices. One complaint came from a white former manager who said he was asked to enforce a more rigorous dress code and hair policy on Black workers.

Related: Afro-Latina News Reporter Told Her Natural Hair Is “N**gery Looking”

The move to include Black hair styling comes as part of a settlement with NYC’s Human Rights Commission intended to help foster career advancement among Black stylists.

“This resolution is another step toward ensuring that racist notions of professional appearance standards are not applied in New York City,” Carmelyn P. Malalis, the commission’s chairwoman, said in a statement.

In this settlement, The salon will be partnering with a New York City styling school that has expertise in working with and styling black hair.

As doe the managers of the shop, Sharon Dorram, a colorist, and Tim Lehman, a senior stylist will be required to complete 35 hours of community service with a racial justice group “that works to combat hair discrimination and promote black beauty.”

As for Ms. Hershberger, she said she “had no involvement in the allegations” and was “100 percent against racial discrimination”; favoring “a diverse work environment full of authenticity, integrity and individuality.”

Ms. Dorram said through a spokeswoman that she

“was extremely sorry that her actions have caused any person to feel uncomfortable in her salon.” She added that her policy now was that all employees were “free to wear their hair in any way that they choose and may freely express their unique styles.”

Related: New York City To Ban Discrimination Based On Hair

As of now, New York City is one of few states that has guidelines for hairstyles in the workplace. If you have been following this topic of conversation, you would know that California was the first state to adopt the Crown Act extending the definition of racial discrimination to include “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.”


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