Jason Hautala RN
LOL … we were just talking about dreds last night 🙂 I would never tell anyone who put the time and effort into getting dreds to cut them off, but realize that some people are more conservative than others … see the thread about tattoos in nursing. We had one employee come to work with a Mohawk one day. Everyone thought it was cool, but about a month later he was instructed to comb it down while at work. There was a big outcry in support of his hair, and eventually he was informed that he could wear the Mohawk at work if he wanted, but I imagine he would not have been hired in the first place if he showed up to his interview with it.
Good luck in finding a job. It’s a shame that some people still look at appearance as opposed to qualifications when hiring … but that is just the way things are. My suggestion is to wear them pulled back into a pony tail on your interview, but bring the topic up yourself instead of letting them think the worse without even having the guts to tell you about it. Tell them that you have dreds and ask if that would be a problem. If it is, let them know you would be willing to wear your hair pulled back or to cover it with a surgical cap while on duty. Let them know you are flexible with complying with their dress code.
It may come to the point in which you decide to cut them off … but I hope not.