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.
“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.