Natural Hair Statements People Make
#1: “Can I touch your hair?”
Eew! What? Ummm, NO. Where have your hands been?! Never mind. The question is awkward enough.
#2: “You would look good with your hair straightened out, how come you don’t wear it straight?”
Uh, is the insinuation that I don’t look good now? or straight hair is better? or you don’t like my fro?or … I’m sorry ask your question again; I dare you.
#3: “See you can wear natural hair, it fits you, not everybody can pull that off.”
What. Does. That. Mean. Please just say what you really mean.
#4: “I bet it’s pretty straight.”
Blank Face. Straight in the eyes. No words.
#5 Can you comb it?
Now sweetie, what kind of question is THAT?
#6: “Yeah, you know, natural hair is in right now.”
You mean like light skin/dark skin. You should read a book.
#7: “I would go natural but ….uhhh … I just can’t walk around like that …”
Uh? Come again? Like what? Explain that.
#8: “What do you do with it when you have a formal or professional event to attend?”
First tell me what about my hair caused you to ask me that ridiculous question.
#9: “Your natural hair fits your personality.”
Say what now? I didn’t know personality was a hair type. Shut up please.
#10: “How often do you have to wash it?”
Really? Just why?
#11: “Going natural aint for everybody.”
#12: “Natural hair is too much work.”
Too much work for what? For who?
#13: “You couldn’t go to an interview like that.”
Hmph. I know what you want to say… but wont.
#14: “What did you do to your hair?”
Come on man! Seriously? Rude.
#15: “Is your hair heavy?”
What the hell? Really?
#16: “I don’t know how you do it. I just couldn’t deal with it, but it looks nice on you.”
I’m sorry for your luck, but please just get out of my face with that.
#17: “Your natural hair is ok, but some natural hair be like …’woooah’… something.”
I know that’s code for “natural hair is a mess, unkept or just dreadful”.
#18: “Why did you go natural?”
Why did you just ask me that question?
#19: “Does it hurt when you comb it?”
Not this again. Whether it’s shade or ignorance you should never ask that again. Never.
#20: “The only way I would go natural is if I had good hair; girl you’re braver than I am.”
This is the rudest backhanded comment, someone could receive. I don’t know if I should read you or educate you.
#21: “You remind me of Erykah Badu or maybe Traci Ellis Ross – no wait- Solange! Has anyone ever told you that?”
If I had a dime for every time someone said that stupid stuff, I would be listed on Forbes’ wealthiest women list. Having natural hair does not make me twins with someone because they also have natural hair.
#22: “I can tell you’re creative by your hair.”
Can you tell what I’m thinking? Ok. Bye.
#23: “I remember you by your hair.”
I don’t give a fro if you remember me, but please walk away.
But for real. We must do better. #NaturalHairRocks
written by Simeaka Melton, Editor In Chief