To Go Natural is To Be Nappy to Assimilate is to be Professional and Happy.

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“I am going to strongly encourage you to consider the school’s request and at least shape or have her hair cut. That I believe would resolve the issue,” said Pastor Carl Stephens in an email to the parents of the victim, Vanessa VanDyke (CNN). Image

 

Vanessa VanDyke of Orlando, Florida is a private school student at Faith Christian Academy and was constantly bullied by many of the other students for her ‘natural hair.’ The only solution that was brought to VanDyke to fix the problem of the teasing from the other students was for her to compromise herself to satisfy the student body, instead of the students being apprehended for their discriminatory prejudice behavior.

 

The issue lies in the fact that the first reaction of the school was for the student to fix her “flaw,” not for the bullies to neither refrain nor learn from their prejudice behavior. Because VanDyke is presented as not assimilating to the white American culture, her image comes into question instead of the gazers eyes that have been placed upon her. According to CNN, the school’s student handbook says that students’ hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction. The mother of VanDyke, Sabrina Kent said, “A distraction to one person is not a distraction to another…you can get a kid come in with pimples on his face. Are you going to call that a distraction?”

 

The consequences of the victimized child was that she was given one week to either make the decision to “tame” her hair and remain at the school, or keep the hair and leave the private school. Then several days later, due to the attention of the issue and backlash of the surrounding black community, the school took back their ultimatum of expulsion however VanDyke was still presented with the option to keep her hair under the consequences of having to relocate to a different school. However, according to a statement sent from the school, “ We are not asking her to put products in her hair or cut her hair. We are asking her to style her hair within the guidelines according to the school handbook.”

 

America is teaching the child ways of non-verbal required assimilation. The question then becomes; is it really a melting pot, or is the melting pot just not hot enough for right now? The truth is, more often than not this kind of incident occurs. Thus, to question if this is a normal behavior by society is out of the question. There has always been a yearning for assimilation to the white culture within every “American” culture. It’s more common to hear an employer tell their employee that they must cut their hair or “tame” it, especially among those of Afro-decent in order to work for a certain company because the hair doesn’t “look” professional.

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Christy’s Beauty Salon

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Conveniently located in Midlothian, VA, Christy’s Hair Salon excels in all aspects of what a Dominican hair salon does. Ladies love the shop and their prices matched with their quality of work is incomparable.

The outside of the hair salon is easily identified with convenient hours for both employee and clientele.

The outside of the hair salon is easily identified with convenient hours for both employee and clientele.

By: LaToria “Toria Vaughan” Todd

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Dominican Hair stylist and business owner, Christy Estebez is a trending hair stylist in the Richmond area.

Estebez always loved to do hair, but having a hair shop was the last thing on her mind. She grew up in house full of teachers; even her siblings aspired to be teachers.

It wasn’t until 2009 that Christy opened up her shop because she enjoyed it so much. Her Husband Emilio Estebez works at their other shop, also conveniently located in Richmond.

According to Estebez her salon specializes in styling African American hair because it is similar to the hair texture of a Dominican.

For Estebez, tending to the clients and being able to speak to customers on a personal level is important because it allows her to have a personal relationship with her clients, which in turn increases retention.

Cleanliness and spaciousness is an important aspect of Christy’s Hair Salon.

Cleanliness and spaciousness is an important aspect of Christy’s Hair Salon.

“What makes this shop different from every other shop is that this one is clean, spacious, and we tend to our clients,” said Kenia Marte, 18, an employee of Christy’s.

Customer satisfaction seems to be an ongoing theme with this hair shop. The value and priority of this salon is the customer.

“ I specialize in relaxers, natural hair, and everything; I love it when a customer is satisfied with their hair and love it,” said Rosa Reyes, 20, an employee of Christy’s.

Not only does it matter to Estebez that her clients are satisfied, but the direct impact she is able to make on her employees are just as important.

“ This is a second home for us, not only does Christy treat us well as a boss, but she is understanding and I just enjoy going to work everyday, most people hate going to work and dread it everyday when they wake up…. me, I love it,” said Marte.

Priding herself on teaching and training her employees without experience, Estebez encourages cosmetology licenses in order fro her employees to further not only their education, but within the profession as well.

 “I’m studying right now to get my cosmetology license,” said Estabez translating what Lisa Hernandez said in Spanish.

This is on the second level of the hair shop where there are plenty of dryers to assist many clients at the same time.

This is on the second level of the hair shop where there are plenty of dryers to assist many clients at the same time.

There are two levels at Christy’s. The bottom level is where the main hair stations are and a few hair dryers. The second level is up a short staircase where the hair is washed, deep conditioned, rolled up, and ready to be styled.

“Clients are special to me and it’s important that they feel as though I have personalized a style for them” said Estebez.

The prices at Christy’s are unbeatable, not only is their work quality, but their prices are affordable.

The prices at Christy’s are unbeatable, not only is their work quality, but their prices are affordable.

According to Marte there are $15 specials on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for a wash and set.

“My prices are similar to that in New York. There is so much competition here that I have to keep my prices low in order to continue to receive customers, though we do get a lot of consistent customers,” said Estebez.

According to Estebez, owning her own hair salon is her best investment yet because she gets to do what she loves while making others happy.

“It’s important to make the client feel at home and comfortable, that’s my trick. You get to know the customer and personalize styles for them, they’ll come back.”

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Reporter: LaToria “Toria Vaughan” Todd

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