I know this is always a widely discussed topic but I was recently let go of my previous job and and looking for new employment. I am 24 year old male with dreadlocks that are down to my shoulders that I've had for just about 2 years now. Needless to say, I love my dreads and don't ever want to get rid of them. I feel as though they are apart of me and I can't see myself any other way, they just work for me.
Anyways, so my concern is of course the fear of walking into a job interview and the employer saying "your going to have to cut your hair." I'm afraid of being put of the spot of making the decision of cutting my hair for a job etc etc and if it would be foolish of me NOT to cut my hair. As I already previously stated, I don't want to and I never really do. At the same time, I feel a sense of weakness/shame in the idea that my dreads can be 'that' important to me, and I'm not sure if that is right to feel. I feel people around me say and would say "its just hair, whats more important?" But my ideal life and job would be one that would allow me to live life the way I wanted to live it. Would any of you be able to share with me the same anxiety? Would you cut off your dreads no problem or would you have anxiety about it? Am I just over-thinking this do you think?
And with all that being said, what are your suggestions with finding employment? What would be your suggestion of I came across an employment opportunity but they told me I had to cut my hair and I didn't want to? I appreciate all your help, any guidance is welcome.
updated by @forgottenpast22: 01/13/15 09:55:21PM