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24-year-old Ashley Davis has patiently grown her locs for more than 10 years and says they are a part of her culture and identity. Unfortunately her employer, Tower Loan in St. Peters, Missouri says they’re no longer acceptable.

“My worst nightmare is I wake up and all of my hair is gone. As far as cutting it goes, no way it’s like cutting me open I can`t do it. My supervisor saw me two weeks after she hired me and said I was doing a great job,” said Davis.

Tower Loan’s new company policy states that dreadlocks, braids, mohawks, mullets and other hairstyles are against company guidelines.  Coincidentally, the policy was put into effect a few weeks after Davis started her secretary job. Davis is also the only person at work with locs. Davis also says she’s the only person in her office with the style.

“I`ve only been there for two months, and they came up with a policy. I feel like it`s degrading,” she said.

A Fox news affiliate in Missouri contacted Tower Loan and the company released the following statement:

“Tower Loan does not comment on individual personnel matters. However, Tower has an appearance policy that is clearly defined in its training manual. Tower believes a professional appearance is necessary for the success of the company.”

Davis says she’s hoping Tower Loan will change their mind about the policy and judge her based on her work and not appearance.

“My dreads I love them and I’m going to keep them. My hair is a part of me and it makes me the professional and bubbly person I am.” she said.

Clutchettes, would you cut your hair because of a company policy?

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  • Will Prodigy

    Ayo F that! Keep your beautiful hair Lil Cuz. And fight back. This is definitely racial discrimination and if you ask me defamation Smh. I’m Behind you %100. I see no reason for a corporation to require an employee to cut off her hair. I could see them maybe asking a man to cut his hair but a young woman?! Certainly not! Can’t expect them to understand your beautiful natural hair just because it’s a different style from their own. They’re their own subjective and personal feelings. And that’s not fair. Plain & simple.

  • Wow, I’d try to make a compromise and wear them tied up in a bun everyday – out of sight, out of mind. Also, I’d be in a suit everyday and looking for another employer who was cool with my hair from Day 1. This will not be easy but not impossible.

  • suzie30

    THIS IS REALLY RACIST. I have very neat dreadlocks and I never had a hard time being hired by a multinational corporation. I was even the only black girl in my office.
    It is about time people just stop hating on black people’s hair. IT is so racist.
    Why is it if we chose to wear our hair natural it is seen as a fashion statement/ unsanitary. I don’t get this.
    IT is so rude and so intolerant. I wash my hair once a week…I even know white people who wash their hair once a week. My hair is very neat and looks clean.
    IT is really time someone speaks up about this. STRAIGHT HAIR IS NOT THE ONLY TYPE OF HAIR THAT EXISTS IN THE WORLD. IF YOU HAVE AN ISSUE WITH BLACK PEOPLE’S HAIR THEN YOU ARE RACIST.
    This is just ridiculous. Who cares what white people think. IF they don’t like our hair that is their problem. God made us with this kind of hair. We didn’t make ourselves.
    THE SAD THING IS ALOT OF THESE PEOPLE SAY THEY BELIEVE IN GOD AND ARE GOOD PEOPLE AND SAY I AM NOT RACIST , I AM NOT RACIST, WHEN THEY ARE.
    IF YOU ARE INTOLERANT OF THE PHYSICAL FEATURES OF OTHER RACES YOU ARE RACIST AND A GOD HATER.
    WHEN WILL HUMAN BEINGS STOP BEING IGNORANT AND STUPID.