As women of color, there are times that a co-worker, or even a complete stranger may ask, “Can I touch your hair?” As individuals, our responses are different. Some may, without hesitation, say “sure,” while others may sternly say, “no.” What is the fascination with black hair? For starters, there are so many different textures/curl patterns and lastly, because it is so versatile in regards to hairstyling options.
Some say there needs to be more education on black hair….but to educate who? As women of color, you become educated on your hair, (what works for it and what doesn’t) fairly quickly because it is a part of who you are. So the question remains, who needs to be educated on black hair? Perhaps the mainstream hair care companies that are beginning to design products for natural hair? Some may say that more information about black hair needs to be publicized so that natural hair won’t be seen as some political movement, but rather just a choice on how a woman wants to wear her hair.
In New York, there was recently an art exhibit called “You Can Touch My Hair,” that featured women of color on the street holding signs that read, “You can touch my hair.” As you can imagine, there were onlookers, photographers, and people surrounding the women who actually touched their hair. This experiment/exhibit certainly gained a lot of attention, but was there an education really taking place here? Or was this simply a spectacle being made of black women and their hair? What do you think? As people in general, we have curiosities about others and possibly even other races, but with that said, do you think any other race would make themselves an exhibit and offer strangers to touch the parts of them that they were curious about?
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