Sarah Neely

Do Not Touch Our Hair!

Sarah Neely
Do Not Touch Our Hair!

Dear world, we are not your petting zoo!  Things like gawking at, commenting on, or cracking jokes about our latest hair styles are equally inappropriate, and can make us Black women feel singled out.  Stop violating our race, body, and personal space by touching our hair, or even asking if you can. It’s a big deal!  As black women, we occasionally have to deal with people of all races asking to touch our hair. I don’t care if you’re fascinated with our locs, curls or intricate styles we are not on display at a hair petting zoo. We have the right to smack your hand if you felt the urge to touch our hair.  Some people feel like it’s ok to touch our hair without permission and their expectation of our reaction will be greeted with patience and politeness. We really hate explaining to adults, as if you are a child, the basics of keeping your hands to yourself. You can admire our hair without feeling entitled to touch it, especially without asking permission.  Yes we said it “Look, don’t touch!”   Our blackness and your curiosity does not give you the right to touch us.  We don't care if you smile while you do it, or whistle Dixie out of your ass.  Our body deserves just as much respect as anyone else.  In answer to your question both verbalized and assumed, NO YOU MAY NOT TOUCH OUR HAIR.

LOOKS: Styled by Sarah Neely (HERE)

MAKEUP ARTIST: Ro Monroe (HERE)

PHOTOGRAPHER: Sarah Neely