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16 Illustrations That Demonstrate What People Hear When You Ask To Touch Their Natural Hair [Gallery]
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Starlan Hoke says
Pamela Smith says
Touch my hair………you will draw back a nub.
Felicia Smith says
Who are you telling…..I will slap your hand so hard and I will tell you I am not your dog.
Pamela Smith says
Pet me. I double dawg dare ya. That can of whoop ass will come flying out my back pocket!! I don’t even get why they would want to touch our hair. Haven’t they heard ????
Karen Robinson says
I’m happy when someone asks to touch my soft,cur ll y,sweet Smelling locks!
Nadia Boyce says
Just the quote ” it looks unprofessional ” I don’t like and I don’t get it. This grows from our head its all natural.
Hindala Jones says
love my hair
Sarah Nicole says
I hear these things from people of all races including our own.
Xaveria Hyera says
Yes especially my own
Jestina Campbell says
These illustrations made me uncomfortable…. I get more black people wanting to touch my hair then white…. this was rude
Milesha McDowell says
Jamie Lewis says
Please do not touch me & don’t ask to touch me….
Milesha McDowell says
Trying to figure out why all the questioning characters are white…..
Roshunda Dawson says
They left one out… “It’s so soft.”
Wth did you think… that it could possibly slice your fingers open? *Smh and rolling eyes*
Jamie Lewis says
Surprise surprise. ……smh
Carmen Martinez says
My response would be….Do you always dye your hair blonde,I know you white people here in america are not all natural blondes…
Carmen Martinez says
My hair is beautiful, I was created to look this beautiful….yes! Now get out of my way!
Ummm…no. I do not think negatively of my hair so when someone says something, I do not assume or try to interpret the “actual” meaning. If someone asks how often I wash my hair I tell them “usually once a week”. I have later found out (because I asked them why they were asking and didn’t interpret) that most people who ask are European Americans or people with naturally straight hair…people who usually wash every day or other day. The people that asked were fascinated or intrigued and kinda envious that I can wait a week to wash and it still looks good. That is just one example but I think these illustrations are reaching. The majority of my interactions about my hair have been inquisitive and curious but respectful so I refuse to attach those negative connotations to my hair.
Alicia Mighty says
My response: Don’t touch my hair (and it’s professional too)! Question: Is there a reason why the White woman is dressed in a flattering top and a pencil skirt while the Black woman is dressed in a t-shirt and an ill-flattering skirt?
Shelly Forde says
But I have the same problem with people who have natural or chemically treated hair (where I live anyway). The illustrations make it seem only non-blacks do that. Trust me everyone does it!
Valerie Johnson says
I have had my own people check me for weave tracks and some black teenage girls snicker saying look at that wig…sometimes ‘some folks’ act overexcited when you wear a different style…it’s the over excitement that makes you feel weird and different.
Darlene Guinty says
Who cares what they think… it’s my hair.
Gabrielle Ivie says
Stop playing victims about y’all hair and move on
Kenya Groves Wright says
Very childish behavior. Just be aware it’s not ( sanitary) to keep touching someone else’s hair even if it’s for a comical scene or just want to touch it period. It’s different for a beautician or hair stylist.
Chelsea Sade' Taylor-Harper says
I like when people touch my hair. And it doesn’t bother me when they ask questions. My hair is different from theirs, I think it’s only natural to be curious.
Vivian Coleman says
Been there. Heard most of it .
Tracey Guinty says
I just give them that LOOK….
ladee neenah says
Get out of your feelings. If someone doesn’t know or hasn’t experienced something how else are they going to know if they don’t ask questions. Yes some people do it to be smart but some are genuinely curious. You don’t have to let someone touch you but it never hurts to educate. Jeez! We are so sensitive.
Goldie Isme says
I don’t agree with any of these. I think they are biased and slanderous. Please stop feeding us negativity. It’s just another form of oppression to keep us down and to hate others.
That being said, I normally don’t let people touch my hair when it is straightened because it is on the fine side and the oils from fingers will weigh it down. I don’t even touch it myself. I use a comb to manipulate it. However, they do and I don’t mind. When it is curly and lively, by all means get in there and feel the goodness. Most of the time, my friends, ask me and then touch it. I only hate it if it’s still wet and they touch it, but oh well. It’s just hair. Also, the people who are always running their hands up in my scalp are not white people nor strangers, which opens up the opportunity to have a conversation and talk about hair which is so fun!!! No offense, no sarcasm, just open hair talk. I like it! Also, I must admit, I’m always touching people’s hair myself. To me it’s the same when someone who is a seamstress asks to feel the material of the dress i’m wearing. It’s to help them learn. I touch people’s hair all the time, and for people threatening that I’ll draw back a nub, I still have both my hands so stop pretending that you’re a violent person. It’s unbecoming. I LOVE my hair and everyone around me, at work and elsewhere love it too. Since everything is black vs white(so sad) I should mention the white people at my job constantly compliment me on my hair. It’s the black folks(none in my circle, just being general and including myself) who judge other black people’s hair and say it’s unprofessional, etc. One other problem is that black people(that I know and from my experience and conversations) thought going natural meant they didn’t have to do their hair and then suddenly realized it took more work to go without a relaxer and care for your hair than with one. Being natural doesn’t mean not doing your hair. Please comb it and get it together. Your hair is beautiful, but if you wake up and just walk out the door, I’m going to give you the same look I will give a white person who doesn’t style their hair either. Everyone of every race, needs to comb, style and care for their hair.
Quennie Dixon says
Only my bestfriends are allowed to touch it
Suzanne Maxwell says
When I was little a girl said to me can I touch your hair, then described it like wool and laughed lol
Tenille Albert says
Nobody but my hairdresser and my husband touch my hair. I’m very serious about people putting their dirty hands in my hair.
Shekinah Gloria says
I don’t agree with this…
Tiffany Rodriguez says
Just had this happen at work this week. Lol
Alta Smith says
Don’t touch my hair.
Jennifer Pinckney says
How about don’t invade my personal space. Natural, extentions, hat, scarf, etc…respect this invisible 2ft □ surrounding me.