Former NFL cheerleader Danetha Doe shares her natural hair journey, on and off the field.

NFL Cheerleader Danetha Doe

Danetha Doe, former Indianapolis Colts cheerleader, is auditioning for the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush squad. While she cheered, she wore a relaxer and weaves. Since then, Danetha has embraced her natural hair and will rock it during auditions! NaturallyCurly interviewed her about her natural hair journey on and off the field.

NC: Do you feel pressure to wear your hair relaxed or wear weaves in your industry?

DD: Yes, there is a certain level of pressure to wear a weave in the professional dance industry. Parts of our dance routines have "hairography" elements where you have to whip your hair. With afro textured hair, my hair doesn't whip like it does with a weave and sometimes I feel out of place during those sequences because of my hair texture.

NC: What has your experience been wearing your hair natural to auditions?

DD: So far, I've had a positive experience wearing my hair to the preparation clinics for Auditions. I'm the only one rocking an afro and I've received a lot of compliments on my hair. Also, since there are so many girls in the process, it's important to find a way to make yourself noticed. My hair has definitely helped me stand out! My biggest concern is making sure I don't sweat my hair out after a long day of heavy dancing!

NC: What has the reaction been from other cheerleaders? From staff? From your family? 

DD: The reaction from other cheerleaders, and staff, has been really positive. I've received a lot of compliments from the Gold Rush squad and other ladies that are trying out. I've also had women from other squads from the NFL and NBA reach out to me and wish me luck! The overall support, especially from those that don't have afro textured hair, has been amazing and reassuring.