Employee Told to Change Pink Hair, Because It’s ‘Unnatural’ – It Didn’t Go Well

Hair color, often a bold statement of our identity, can sometimes clash with workplace norms. A McDonald’s employee learned this the hard way when asked to switch her vibrant pink hair to something more “conventional.”

Opting for a blonde, her choice still didn’t sit well with her employers. This tale underscores the ongoing debate between personal expression and professional expectations.

Workplace Dress Codes & Personal Expression

McDonalds Employee Told to Change Pink Hair Because Its ‘Unnatural – It Didnt Go Well
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After being instructed to remove her preferred pink hair, a McDonald’s worker posted a video showcasing her new long blonde locs. She captioned her video, expressing her anticipation that her employer might also request her to change her nails.

The video features a text overlay that reads,

“My job made me take my pink hair out because we can only have ‘natural colors,’ so I got blonde to piss ’em clean tf off.”

She justifies her choice by stating that blonde is a natural hair color.

Public Sentiment

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Many viewers sympathized with the TikToker’s experience and shared their own struggles with workplace hair color policies.

Some viewers recounted their creative solutions to hair color policies, like one who humorously shared,

“I used to have a wig on top of my other wig sitting on top like a hat. I did not care.”

Others discussed how hair colors or combinations had affected their employment or attention from bosses.

“Some places wouldn’t hire me as a cashier because I have red hair… now I work as a sushi prep cook making like double the amount they were going to pay me,” one viewer commented.

Another commenter mentioned working at a restaurant with colleagues sporting colored hair, saying,

“At my job, I was working with split-dyed blonde and brown, and many of my coworkers had colored hair. I don’t know why people care so much. I work at a restaurant.”

Yet another person shared their experience at McDonald’s, where their ginger hair raised questions, stating,

“I worked at McDonald’s and had ginger hair that literally everyone asked if it was natural. And they begged me to change it because it wasn’t natural.”

Redefining Professionalism: Embracing Individuality In the Workplace

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This incident invites a broader discussion on workplace norms and their impact on individuality. While dress codes are intended to create a cohesive and professional environment, they can also suppress diversity and expression.

As society evolves, so does the perception of professionalism, prompting many to wonder if it’s time for corporate policies to reflect more inclusive standards. The traditional corporate world often frowns upon colorful hair, associating professionalism with natural hair colors.

However, this perspective is being challenged as individuals push for the right to express themselves through vibrant hair colors without fear of judgment or career limitations.

Hairstylists confirm a shift in narrative, with more professionals from various industries embracing colorful hair, indicating changing attitudes towards self-expression in the workplace.

The Hidden Impact of Hair Discrimination

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Despite the gradual shift in societal norms, hair discrimination remains a poignant issue, particularly for individuals with “unnatural” hair colors or textures that deviate from the accepted standards.

This discrimination isn’t just about personal biases but reflects deep-seated societal structures. It manifests systemic racism, where people are prejudged and marginalized based on their hair. This practice affects personal identity, mental health, career opportunities, and workplace dynamics.

The CROWN Act, advocating against hair discrimination, marks a significant step towards legislative change, emphasizing the need for a more inclusive, respectful, and open world for natural hair.

The movement highlights the importance of recognizing and combating hair discrimination, ensuring everyone can express their individuality without fear of prejudice or professional repercussions.

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The workplace can sometimes feel like a prison in today’s fast-paced world.

This sentiment was recently echoed by a Burger King employee who took to social media to share her experiences and feelings about her job.

Offering a raw, unfiltered look into the daily grind of fast-food work, her videos have become a rallying cry for those feeling trapped in thankless jobs.

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In the corporate world, many employees often grapple with issues of poor management, corporate greed, and unequal pay.

While some choose to remain silent, others take a stand, demanding justice and transparency.

One such individual’s story, which was shared on Reddit and later reposted on Twitter, has garnered significant attention, with over 3.4 million views.


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This article was produced and syndicated by Viral Chatter. It was inspired by this video:

@heluv_sky blonde is a natural hair color so i bwt not here nannnn alr know my nails finna be the next issue #mcdonalds #fyp #hairtok #coloredhair #locs #blondehair #pinkhair #blackgirlmagic ♬ original sound –  ✰.

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