I have been wanting to write to you for the longest time about my knowledge and experience with my Natural Hair. But something took place recently that made me think, enough is enough I need to sit on the couch over at CurlyNikki’s place and vent about HAIR PROFILING. First I will share with you the recent incident that took place. I was in the mall last week heading back to work from my break when two black guys were walking towards me. I knew in my head that these guys were going to try to pick me up or at the very least, say something to me… so I tried hard not to make any eye contact. As I got closer I started walking faster and I guess one of the guys realized he wasn’t getting any play that day. Instead of walking by with no acknowledgment, he chose to blurt out the most ignorant thing. Hypocritically he asked, “did you comb you’re hair today?” After hearing that I had to look at him in disgust and wonder… did you?… as his hair was so jacked up and messy… I was in disbelief that that question was even meant for me. I did not want him to ruin my day so I just kept it moving. In my opinion my hair was looking FANTABULOUS!
It just goes to show you how ignorant some people can be. The fact that he believed because my hair was in its most natural state, that it was not styled was absurd. Looking back at the situation I am trying not to make assumptions, however maybe if my hair was straight he may not have responded in such a way. I know there are many women that have experienced a similar situation– women that have fallen victim to Hair Profiling because of how we choose to wear our hair. For example, women with locs may be mistaken as rastafarian, vegetarian, weed smoking people. Or women with big flowy curls blowing in the wind curls are judged as being mixed or with a “good grade of hair” and the list goes on. If you are a victim of Hair Profiling, my advice would be to not be discouraged about who you are as a person. Understand that our hair does not define who we are as a person and when someone is being IGNORant simply and firmly IGNORe. Continue to love the hair you’re in.
Thank you Curly Nikki for providing a space for Naturalistas and Naturalistos… I am going to try my hardest to write more content for your amazing site. I am currently blogging (for the Canadians) and Hair Profiling will be an on-going topic.