California To Ban Hair Discrimination |
The Newest Hair Trends

California Is About To Ban Hair Discrimination

01 July 2019
woman with big afro. california bans hair discrimination
Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor

Deciding how to style your hair every morning may not sound like a life-changing decision but for many men and women with textured hair, the wrong hairstyle can mean the difference between whether or not they can provide for their families. For decades men and women with textured hair—particular those of color—have been discriminated against for wearing hairstyles such as locs, box braids, bantu knots, and afros.

On Thursday, June 27, California lawmakers passed The CROWN Act, a bill banning racial discrimination against people wearing natural hairstyles. Once signed into law by the California Governor, California will become the first state to outright ban hair discrimination.

The purpose of the CROWN Act—an acronym that stands for “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair”—is to ban schools and employers from enforcing grooming policies that disproportionately affect people of color.

"The history of our nation is riddled with laws and societal norms that equated 'blackness,' and the associated physical traits, for example, dark skin, kinky and curly hair to a badge of inferiority," the bill reads. “Despite the great strides American society and laws have made to reverse the racist ideology that Black traits are inferior, hair remains a rampant source of racial discrimination with serious economic and health consequences, especially for Black individuals.”

While California is the first state to take steps towards banning hair discrimination, it’s not the only state or city tackling the issue. In February, the New York City Commission on Human Rights released new guidelines detailing that it is now considered racial discrimination to target people because of their hair or hairstyle, whether at work, school, or in public spaces. Just this week, New Jersey lawmakers introduced a bill that would ban hair discrimination in the workplace, housing, and public schools.

The bills have garnered tons of support and praise on social media, with users urging their elected officials to propose similar bills in their states. Unfortunately, hair discrimination is still rampant across the country and has very real consequences for citizens in the 49 states without these protections. To create true texture equality, we have to begin to uplift and praise all hair, no matter the type, texture, length, color, or style.

I like this article
Be the first to like this article

Oops, something went wrong! Please try again later...

More to discover

Black Hairstyles That Made History
27 February 2019

6 Textured Hairstyles That Made Black History

As Black History Month comes to a close, we’re taking a moment to reflect on some of the most iconic textured hairstyles that have made history.

braids for black hair guide
21 December 2018

Braids For Black Hair: Every Knockout Style You Need To Know

Artist Rocky Bukasa takes us through everything you need to know about the types of braids and how to wear them. Now this is a braids for black hair guide.

photo of woman with long braids
06 July 2018

How To Maintain Your Braids The Right Way, According To An Expert

Want to wear braided hair but worried about the hair care headache? Jada Jenkins, American hair expert for Mizani, is here to help. Here’s how to maintain your braids in a way that will have you showing them off for longer.

Salon Locator

Salon Locator

Can your hair look as good as your Pinterest board? Short answer: YES. Long answer: STILL YES… but you need a professional salon and the right products to get you there. Find the best match for your style, hair goals, and price range now. Find a hair salon near you to get your dream hair now.

We use cookies to give you the best user experience and personalisation on our site and third party sites. By continuing to browse our website, you consent to our use of cookies. For more information, see our Cookies Policy.