Lauriel Cleveland

Portrait of Fashionable Young Black Woman on white background

When I was a junior in college, I shaved my hair off; and while trying to regrow it, I got fake locs. The locs were long and weighed a lot. My university employed me as an administrative assistant, and my employer had never seen my hair braided before. She asked if I took showers on a regular basis because she didn’t understand how I could get wet with so much hair on top of my head.

“I had to inform them that I used shower caps to protect my hair from getting wet. It was a highly demeaning experience, and it occurred in the presence of other students who worked in the office. That’s just one of several times when non-Black women have ridiculed my natural hairstyles.”— Lauriel Cleveland