Celebrate of Black History Month

The History Of Black Hair Care Part 5 Of 10

The CROWN Act,

The CROWN Act, which stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” is a law that prohibits discrimination based on hairstyle or hair texture. It specifically addresses the issue of hair discrimination against black individuals and protects their right to wear natural hairstyles, including braids, Afros, twists, and locs, in professional and educational settings.


The CROWN Act helps the black hair industry and black consumers by promoting inclusivity and eliminating discriminatory practices in the workplace. Prior to the CROWN Act, black individuals often faced pressure to conform to Eurocentric standards of beauty, which typically involved straightening or altering their natural hair. This not only imposed a significant financial burden on black individuals, but it also contributed to a lack of representation and acceptance of natural black hairstyles in society.


With the CROWN Act in place, black individuals are empowered to embrace their natural hair without fear of retribution or discrimination. This has positively impacted the black hair industry as it encourages the consumption of products and services tailored to natural black hairstyles. Black consumers can now confidently express their cultural identity through their hair, leading to increased demand for specialized hair care products and styling services.


Furthermore, the CROWN Act has helped to raise awareness and educate employers about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. By recognizing and protecting natural black hairstyles, it promotes a more inclusive and accepting environment for black employees. This not only benefits black individuals but also fosters a sense of belonging and equality within the workforce.


In summary, the CROWN Act plays a crucial role in supporting the black hair industry and empowering black consumers by challenging discriminatory practices and promoting inclusivity in professional and educational spaces.



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