Can I Touch Your Hair?Thursday, June 04, 2015
almost summer time in the city. This will be my first summer ever wearing my natural hair out, and I'm excited. Will I sweat to death? Will my hair protect me from the sun? Will my hair grow faster when exposed to the sun's rays? Who knows ?!
What I'm not excited for is the ridiculous amount of people who have already asked to touch my hair. (Or the people who come up to me and just start molesting my head). I know that many other mixed/Black people out there have the same problem, so I have come up with a list of my top responses for when someone asks if they can touch your hair and you feel really uncomfortable:
I just put a lot of Shea Butter in my hair, and your hand will get greasy ... Do I look like a petting zoo to you? Well, I just spent an hour getting ready ... Oh no, I'm sorry, did my hair swallow your comb? Wallet? Firstborn child? Sure! Let me touch yours! *Rub their head and give them a smug grin* I'm not sure what you're going to find in there .... Why? (They usually say that they think it's beautiful/soft etc., to which I reply:) Well, let's keep it that way.
- No. It's my body, and I have the right to decide who touches it.
The Defiant Dougla