1 of 10 @omonoire/Instagram
"Sometime ago, I was fired from a job because of my afro. I felt like it was an attack on my identity. Many years later, when I was ready to change my hairstyle for myself, I knew that I wanted to wear my hair that showcased my pride in my African roots...so I opted for locs. I decided I would never alter the texture of my hair for anyone."
2 of 10 @dcolonsuarez/Instagram
"My loc journey, 20 months almost to this day, was initiated for many reasons. Spirituality, individuality, self-expression, rebellion, becoming one with nature and also joining a community that embraces diversity. Conforming to society's standard and social structure is against my spirit and through my hair, I can express many diverse aspects of self!"
3 of 10 @nationsfilm/Instagram
"I've worn my hair natural, relaxed and in braids. But the locs feel the most like me. I love the ease of care and I love that I no longer have to fight with my hair to get it to grow. I also love the community I find with other folks who wear locs."
4 of 10 @jahsmindgarden/Instagram
Whether they're shoulder length or waist length, locs should be an acceptable hairstyle for the workplace and beyond.
5 of 10 @goldee_locz/Instagram
"Three years with my Sisterlocz and I'm a news producer for FOX," says this beautiful black woman. She's absolutely slaying in her locs!
6 of 10 @lovethelocksyourock/Instagram
"So disappointed in today's federal appeals court ruling. I'm so tired of the disenfranchisement my communities faces," wrote this librarian. "Honestly, the same reason the police will shoot a black person on sight for ‘looking bad’ is the same reason loc’ed styles are ruled “messy” and unprofessional. Why this society hates our blackness; yet loves to steal our braided hairstyles, our fun dances like the whip and nae nae, our slang words that you love to use #onfleek. You'll Juju to the beat without a problem, and celebrate us as long as we're catching/slam dunking a ball but anything else is a threat to you. This is truly beyond me. I don't see how I choose to wear my natural hair has any bearing on my professionalism at work."
7 of 10 @iamvonnieb/Instagram
"I'm a Student Affairs Officer in higher education and I've had my locs since January 2010," writes this lady with locs. "I am proud to be a professional with locs."
8 of 10 @msmalus/Instagram
"I am a teacher," reads the caption under this selfie. "My main job is to inspire my students to learn and, in that process, become some amazing individuals. I love my kids and my hair, at no point, takes away from any of that. Whoever feels that locs are messy and unprofessional, can kick big rocks, barefoot, down a long and dusty road."
9 of 10 @kynnab/Instagram
This beautiful brown beauty flaunts her short locs before taking on another work day.
10 of 10 @kdanielle85/Instagram
As you can see, even a simple selfie lends itself to the #professionallocs cause. We love seeing beautiful black women embrace their hairstyle on social media!
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