The picture depicts Farryn, who has black ethnic hair, with subtle blonde highlights. Hooters management told the fired waitress to change it back to her natural hair color after she arrived to work with blonde streaks. She explained to her supervisors that she could not afford to have the highlights removed, and was later terminated for what the restaurant chain explained as an “improper image.”
The fired waitress didn’t think her blonde highlights were as big a production as Hooters made it out to be. As a matter of fact, as a licensed and professional hairstylist, this Hair Care Examiner feels Farryn’s hair color complements her skin tone and doesn’t over power her natural color, but enhances it.
I didn't see that it would be a big issue just because there were a lot of other employees working at the restaurant of other races with color in their hair. For instance, there were Asian girls with red hair and Caucasian girls with black hair and blond streaks, so I didn't think it would be an issue for the little piece of blond highlights in my hair.
"Black women don't have blonde in their hair" is what was told to the fired waitress from Hooters, which can be seen in the attached video. It seems the management has not seen Beyonce or Mary J. Blige. Black women can most certainly sport blonde highlights, especially when done right, and it appears Farryn's hair was. The fired waitress has short, cropped hair, which helps to maintain the color and keep it healthy, especially on fine, ethnic hair.
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