I know lots of people have experienced negative attitudes to our hair so I thought this positive story was worth sharing:
I am at a hair salon having my hair done.
One half of the salon has a black stylist and the other half has an Indian lady waxing people's facial hairs.
About an hour after I've been there the Indian lady approaches us and starts touching my hair. I don't mind people touching my hair if they ask or if they are a friend but on this occasion but she was neither! I look up about to say something but I can literally see the admiration dripping from the young, Indian lady's eyes so I say nothing.
Before I can ask anything she says "I wish my hair was like this" - she has very long, bum-length hair but she says it's boring because she can't braid, twist or style it in all the ways we can. Having been working in a black hair salon for a while she has gained an appreciation of just how malleable our hair is and she greatly admires that.
Even before I went natural I always appreciated all the cool things I could do with my hair but seeing this lady's reaction confirmed to me that there are many other people out there who do too even if we're not aware of it.
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward
I was a natural hair blogger and mixtress living between London & Chicago from 2012 to 2017. I always thought I was 4C but some say 4B; images below - you decide! Heather xx