I got my first “your hair is beautiful, can I touch it?” request today. It was from a Filipino lady standing behind me in line at the cafeteria at lunch. I’ve always wondered why Naturals complained about this request but I get it now. It was very awkward and I smiled and politely said no.
First of all lady, we don’t know each other like that. Secondly, I don’t know where your hands have been. Third of all, you don’t see me walking around asking people with your hair type if I could touch their hair and I’m pretty sure you don’t either. Why would I walk around letting any Tom, Dick and Jane pet my hair?
I have friends that aren’t of the Black race and if they asked, I’d definitely let them touch. It’s like asking a random pregnant woman if you could rub her belly. It’s just weird.
I liked the compliment (I took it as one) but I’d rather randoms don’t touch my hair. It’s just a teeny weeny Afro, my baby, and I’m very protective of it. I love my hair!