I’ve heard strange comments about my hair before, but recently I heard something that made me want to fall out my chair.
I styled my two year old’s hair in a gorgeous twist and curl look for church. She looked amazingly adorable and at two years old she takes after both her Ghanaian and Haitian roots and has thick natural hair that looks relatively long for her size.
A gentleman looked on to compliment her, then stroked her head and asked, “Is that all her hair?”
My BGLH sisters, I was confused as all get up because, really?! Is it that impossible for a clearly brown baby girl to have beautiful, natural afro-textured hair WITHOUT the help of extensions.
Y’all please don’t get me wrong here, I’ve got no issue with extensions, wigs, etc, and neither do I believe the gentlemen was trying to be unkind, but the question begs the reply, “So black babies are so deprived from having the blessing of thick, long hair, that the assumption must be that even at two years old, if their hair looks like this then it must be extensions?”
Friends, the ignorance is appalling. one need not be mixed or have a lighter hue in their complexion to naturally have the capacity, without the help of extensions to retain long, thick hair.
What’s the craziest thing someone has ever asked or assumed about your child’s natural hair?