I thought it’d be a good idea to write weekly posts in which I expose all the hair-related comments I’ve received during the week. It’d be a good way to vent as I am beginning to get really touchy when people even glance at my hair these days. I really need a positive place. Furthermore it is really rare that I meet someone who actually wants to know more about natural hair, they just seem intent on letting their unwanted opinions known. So below are some of the ‘lovely’ comments I’ve received this week.
‘What have you done to your hair!’ (All I did was pull my hair back in an afro puff…>.>)
‘Do you comb/brush your hair?’
‘Do you shampoo your hair?’ (To which I replied that I didn’t because I was waiting for someone to teach me how to wash my hair. I was being sarcastic in case you couldn’t tell.)
‘Oh I see you’re still with your afro…’
‘Why don’t you braid your hair you look prettier in braids…in fact just relax your hair already!’
‘So when are you going to do your hair?’ (I get that almost every single day!)
Some of the comments above may be blamed on ignorance (there goes the stereotype that Africans know how to take care of natural hair). However I find it extremely sad (and pitiful) that Nigerians who have lived in Nigeria all their lives know next to nothing about natural African hair. It is really mind-boggling to me, I mean I know that history played in role in how black Africans view themselves today but I still find it so shocking and ultimately disappointing when I get comments such as the ones above. I really wish things would change for the better, or at the very least I wish people would just S.T.F.U and keep their stupid comments to themselves. Really no one should talk to me about natural hair unless they are actually interested in going natural and want to know how to take care of their hair.
I ignore random comments but all the comments above were said to me by friends and family members making them difficult to ignore.