Raise your hand if this has happened to you. While minding your own business, someone compliments you on your natural hair and then proceeds to invade your personal space and touch it. Okay, put your hands down. It has been a while, but this has happened to me. It happened a lot when I had a close-cropped fade. For some reason, folks thought it was invitation to touch my head. It also happened when I wore braids. I remember some older ladies were so taken with the style, they each played with a braid. I was younger then. Much younger.
Check out this NPR essay, which warns you may never know what is in someone’s hair. In other words, look, don’t touch. If I can help just one person understand why touching someone’s hair is inappropriate, this blog post will be a success. Enjoy!