African Hair Braiding – Is It Okay To Touch?





African Hair Braiding – why do people wanna touch it?

Natural hair – why do people wanna touch it?

I think it’s safe to say that it’s better that people – typically Caucasian folks – would rather touch our hair, than have it back to the days when it was considered gross and dirty.

Or is it?

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African Hair Braiding:

I live in a town where there are a whole lot of light people, some Mexicans, a few Asians, and just tiny speck of black people, so I know all about the hair touching.

For the most part, people stare at my braids and twists for a second, smile at me, and move on with their lives.

Occasionally, they will become slightly fixated and at that point I will ask them if they’d like to touch it.

Yes, I let people touch my hair and yes, I’m black.

And yes, I think African Hair Braiding styles are beautiful!

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Okay, so maybe I’m a little “out there”.

(Earlier this morning, I was at the store {boring!} with my mom when the cashier asked me several questions about my pants so finally I just put my leg up on the cart so she could feel them and, although people were staring, I didn’t find it strange).

Is it really that big of a deal?

There are all these saying about never touching a black woman’s hair, but I really don’t understand what the big deal is all about.

I understand if it’s a weave or a wig and you just spent a large sum of money on it, or if you just had your hair done, then yeah, I can understand that. But if it’s your hair and it’s in twists or even a fro, who cares? It’s not like this stranger is going to yank out a comb and start causing breakage.

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I heard of a woman a little while ago who was out and about and a white woman asked if she could touch the ladies hair.

The black lady replied something like, “Times have changed, I am no longer your slave and you can’t touch my hair.”

Please tell me I am not the only one who finds this a bit extreme. At some point you need to realize that it’s just hair.

My hair comes to the middle of my back, it’s thick, healthy, and if someone asks, they may touch it. What’s so wrong about that?

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Summary: The biggest thing I want you to take away is this. Is it right, is it necessary even, to teach your children that under no circumstance, it is okay for someone to touch their hair?

Maybe they want someone to touch their hair, but you’ve brainwashed them into thinking that it’s wrong. Who knows? How about teaching them to speak up when they’re uncomfortable, and not that hair touching is uncomfortable. Weight in guys, I’m curious about other people’s opinions.




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