Hairy Situation

Oh my god! Is this your real hair?

That question I get after a long innocent stare,

The question I get that if I was them I wouldn’t dare

To ask

Or to reach over here

For my hair with your dirty little hands;

Don’t touch my hair


So did you straighten it or something?

Yes. I straightened my 2 inch coarse afro

And managed to make these 16 inch locs grow,

It’s from my scalp didn’t you know?

But these curls aren’t to grab they’re just for show;

Don’t touch my hair


No. It’s a weave. This isn’t my natural hair.


Oh okay, so it’s a wig?


Well, the word wig was never mentioned

You don’t know anything so why make the assumption

That these bunches on my head are another kind of extension

To the one that I mentioned

Pay attention and listen!

When I explain to you with my mouth, and you try to reach out;

Don’t touch my hair


It’s hard to not get annoyed

When you’re made a spectacle, a toy

Affront every girl and boy

When you try desperately to avoid

The topic

of your hair


“They’re ignorant”

“They don’t know better”

“They don’t understand”

But I won't let her touch my hair


These are my edges.

I’m not bald headed.

Her hair's braided not dreaded.

Now do not forget it

That perms are so dreaded.

They’re harmful but fuck it

It’s way worth the credit to have

pretty hair


Senegalese twists

Cornrows

Wig

Weave

Afro

Lace front

Bundle

This vocabulary is spectacular

But it’s just my vernacular

Like my hair type

Kinky

Curly

4C

3C

2C

Can’t see why we must focus on me


Don’t worry,

I’ll let it slide this time,

Don’t touch my fucking hair, please.



As seen in Platform Magazine Edition 3

Winner of Kingston University Creative and Professional Writing Competition


Cover image from article: The Picasso of Ponytails? Meet Laetitia Ky, an Ivory Coast-Based Artist Who Makes Unbelievably Inventive Sculptures With Her Hair




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