Mar. 19th, 2012

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My hair has been in twists for the last 3 months. I took it down last night & today I wore it in a big puff. After maybe an hour of work my hair has been touched three times. All by white women, all of whom asked if they could touch it while their hands were already in my hair. Two of them I know & like well enough to gently explain why hair touching isn’t okay, but the third was a total stranger and hungover to boot. Aside from the general icky feeling I have about people touching me, I find myself perplexed. What is so unusual to white women (and it is always white women), that they cannot resist touching our hair? I see lots of people with hair that looks nice & to be honest I have no deep abiding desire to touch anyone else’s hair, much less that of a perfect stranger. Mostly I think or say whatever compliment & keep it moving. So, what’s with the hair touching? Why can’t you keep your hands to yourself?

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