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@Raven's Light
09/23/16 03:24:17PM
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Court Of Appeals Ruling On Dreadlocks and Employers


Life Issues Facing Dreads

Hi, 

I am unsure if I am posting this in the right section (if not please advise me where to post this), but I recently saw this story circulating and wanted to get some feedback on it from people on this forum as it obviously affects many of us. This link below has more details:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/appeals-court-rules-dreadlocks-work_us_57e0252ae4b0071a6e08a7c3

But essentially there was a ruling done by the US court of appeals that now says that Title IX is no longer a defense for those of us like myself who wear dreads for spiritual reasons. I sincerely hope that some good soul starts a petition or something of that nature to fight this because it is beyond offensive that many people who wear their dreads for reasons other than fashion will be turned down for jobs and now have pretty much no defense, as title IX has been stepped on. 

 “We recognize that the distinction between immutable and mutable characteristics of race can sometimes be a fine (and difficult) one, but it is a line that courts have drawn,” U.S. Circuit Judge Adalberto Jordan wrote for the most recent ruling. “So, for example, discrimination on the basis of black hair texture (an immutable characteristic) is prohibited by Title VII, while adverse action on the basis of black hairstyle (a mutable choice) is not.”

"The commission filed a lawsuit on Jones’ behalf in 2013, stating that withdrawing her contract based on her hairstyle is racial discrimination because “dreadlocks are a manner of wearing the hair that is physiologically and culturally associated with people of African descent.” The EEOC argued that race is a social construct not solely defined by traits that can’t be changed. It also asserted that the “hairstyle can be a determinant of racial identity.”

So I would love to hear anyone's thoughts on this.

Brightest Blessings!


updated by @Raven's Light: 09/23/16 03:57:07PM
Raven's Light
@Raven's Light
09/20/16 10:06:04PM
75 posts

From Interlocking to Natural: My Dreadlock Journey


Introduce Yourself

I figured that. elsewhere on this forum, I had read that the acv part of the soak could be done for about 5 minutes if that.

Raven's Light
@Raven's Light
09/20/16 10:00:48PM
75 posts

From Interlocking to Natural: My Dreadlock Journey


Introduce Yourself

If I only were to shampoo my dreads once a week, but rinse them with water 2 other days before or after the shampoo day (getting up to washing them in some fashion 3 times a week) would that help combat any residue issues or is it better to not do that?

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@Raven's Light
09/20/16 09:58:08PM
75 posts

From Interlocking to Natural: My Dreadlock Journey


Introduce Yourself

Ok, I'll keep an on any build up I may have. I'll keep in mind that i could use just ACV to help in those cases. How long of a soak is generally needed? (I used to do the deep clean soak for about 20 minutes)

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@Raven's Light
09/20/16 09:51:35PM
75 posts

From Interlocking to Natural: My Dreadlock Journey


Introduce Yourself

Ok, so for future reference and clarification, I don't actually need to use baking soda in a deep cleanse, I could use just ACV? Or is it just in cases like the bronner's build up that ACV can be used on its own?

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@Raven's Light
09/20/16 09:43:14PM
75 posts

From Interlocking to Natural: My Dreadlock Journey


Introduce Yourself

ok so the ACV should be diluted with water, like in regular deep cleans, and the ACV on its own is ok to use on dreads?

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@Raven's Light
09/20/16 09:35:28PM
75 posts

From Interlocking to Natural: My Dreadlock Journey


Introduce Yourself

So if the acv would be most effective in the cases when I or anyone would get bronner's build up, would I use just the acv by itself or would I do the normal deep cleanse with the baking soda as well?

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@Raven's Light
09/20/16 09:32:33PM
75 posts

From Interlocking to Natural: My Dreadlock Journey


Introduce Yourself

What's the lowest dilution ratio I could get away with for bronners? I had found that 1:5 felt really good when I washed with it because it still felt like I was using a soap rather than just water. I mean I had even once a while back used the undiluted soap and didn't have an issue then, but I'm not going to repeat that now or especially if I end up somewhere with worse off water hardness.

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@Raven's Light
09/20/16 09:25:54PM
75 posts

From Interlocking to Natural: My Dreadlock Journey


Introduce Yourself

I do plan to keep an eye on it, if the build up does happen, would I then be able to use the BS/ACV deep cleanse in that situation? I know it's harsh on hair but it's more readily on hand for me than the charcoal deep clean. (as I still have baking soda and ACV left)

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