“Your hair is falling” exclaimed my colleague as she pointed to the kinky twist braid on the floor. She had a terrified look on a face as if she had seen a snake. I laugh about it now, but at that time it wasn’t funny, it was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life.
At work, people used to comment about how amazed they were that my hair grew so much because they did not know about my braids. I used to wear kinky twists most of the time especially in between relaxers. I did not explain my style to them because I didn’t feel like I owed anyone an explanation about my hair.
So back to the incident of my hair falling off as per my colleague’s exclamation. She actually thought something was wrong with me because she had never seen anything like that before.
After explaining to my colleague that it wasn’t my hair but kinky braids, as if I was not embarrassed enough. She made it a story of the day and went around the office telling everyone who was willing to listen that I had fake hair.
That was very embarrassing as everyone stared at me waiting for an explanation. So I explained that it was not fake hair per say but it was twist braids. At the end of my explanation everyone was curious to see what my real hair looked like.
Naturally, one day I went to work with my hair in an afro style with a hair band. The girls were so fascinated wanting to touch it as if I were from outer space.
That experience made me want to embrace my natural hair more so than I ever did. I decided to wear my hair in a pony style or just twisted my short hair. I made a decision that there was nothing wrong with my short hair and I was going to rock it as it was.