UPS is ending a ban on natural hairstyles and facial hair, the company announced on Wednesday. This means that Black employees are now allowed to wear afros, beards, and braids.
The ban had been a burden on Black employees who interacted with the public in delivering packages or staffing stores. It did not apply to behind-the-scenes warehouse workers. It had forced them to change their natural appearance to comply with Western standards in sometimes arduous and painful ways. Try a chemical straightener and you’ll understand.
UPS said that they are doing this in order to “celebrate diversity rather than corporate restrictions.”