I'll never forget. It was the summer of my sophomore year of college and I was working as a cashier at Meijer. While I was ringing a customer up, she said "your hair is so gorgeous." I politely smiled and said thank you as I continued to scan and bag her items.
"What kind if hair is that," she asked.
I put the can of Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup in a bag, looked up and gave her a puzzled look.
"I'm just wondering because it looks so real," she said while she examined my strands.
"Ummm, this is my real hair," I said while trying to return my attention to the rest of her items on the conveyor belt.
"Well let me touch it then."
I'm not exactly sure what look I gave her in response to that craziness,
but eventually I let her grab a chunk of my hair to prove to this woman
that my thick, shortly below shoulder length hair, was in fact all mine
and not because I had some receipt.
As she grabbed her groceries, she smiled and said "Well, it definitely is pretty. You're so lucky to have hair like that."
While that wasn't the first time someone asked me if my hair was real,
it was the first time someone asked to touch it (the scalp specifically
to check for tracks). Now that I'm natural, I get asked if people can
touch my hair more than questions of the authenticity of my kinky curls.
It wasn't until yesterday's
post on Instagram that I was reminded of the incident that happened in
college. Now I wasn't offended that this woman thought I used weave to
bulk up or elongate my twists for the protective style, but it was quite
funny to read the reactions of some of my followers.
But that made me wonder: do some of you get upset when people assume
that your natural hair is fake? Also, does it make you more or less
upset if or when someone asks to touch your hair? Let me know in the