Please Don't Touch My Hair: an Age-Old Discussion told through Gifs

It happens once or twice a year. I’ll return to campus with a new hairstyle after break, braids or an afro, neither which are new to me but to those I talk to may be shocking seeing as I can keep one style for 3 months at a time.

They usually say something like, “Omg! You got a new hairstyle,” and their hand reaches out…to touch my hair.

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A lot of people may not see this as a big deal, but it is a big deal for a lot of women like myself.

Personal space is being invaded.

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No one ever asks permission, they presume that they have permission. That simply isn’t the truth.

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The style could get ruined because of the touching.

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It is rude. If someone came up and just touched you how would you feel?

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To reiterate, please, please, do not touch others hair unless given permission! Compliments and fawning are welcome but ask to touch.

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