Random Person: “Oh, my God! Your hair is so AWESOME!
Jane: “Thanks so much!”
Random Person: “Can I touch it?” (Hands reaching out)
Jane: “Whaaaaat?” (Looks with piercing side-eye while tilting my head away)
After going natural 3 years ago, I expected many things to change in my life. I knew there would be both hard times and enjoyable experiences. I knew I might be surprised by what my real, unaltered hair actually looked like. I knew I would have to buy different hair products and start to take care of my hair differently. I had no idea however, that so many strange people would want to touch my hair!
This has by far been the most shocking thing that has come with being natural. That’s right, I’ve had no problem giving up relaxers, I have enjoyed getting to know my hair again, and I have laughed through those bad hair days. The fact that random people come up to me, wanting to touch a part of me out of nowhere is the weirdest thing to me. I mean, it is just my hair after all. It is something that I have had my whole life and it has never been that interested to people before. It makes me wonder, what is this new fascination with my hair?
A few months ago, I attended a friend’s baby shower. When I arrived I didn’t know any of the other women there, but I immediately noticed three women (who turned out to be sisters) who had hair similar to mine, so I struck up a conversation with them. We hit it off right away and of course we ended up talked about our hair – the great times, the embarrassing moments, the frustrating bad hair days, and the amazing self-love that comes with embracing our natural hair. It was one of those organic, sisterly bonds that only naturals can relate to. After 2 hours of learning intimate details about their hair struggles and triumphs, I gave them my blog cards and had to leave. As I made my way to the door, Continue reading