Our manes more so the African manes have been considered as statements of rebellion. Revolutionary statements.
This is especially true of dreadlocks.
Wearers of this style were considered to be criminals because criminals of the 80s and 70s sported this style and Bob Marley was considered to be persona non grata.
It was socially acceptable to have this hair style if you worked in an NGO or aspired to. Or maybe you were a thespian or artist.
Today, almost everyone and their grandmother has locs.
In June 2013, some 3 girls took part in an event that encouraged people to touch their hair. Read more about it here:
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Traffic stopping i should think.
We should do this too in Nairobi. Yes? No? We could have different hair types represented; Caucasian, African, mixed race, Indian.
My favourite author, Chimamana Adichie has this to say about hair: It is political. Her hairstyle is against the idea that “beauty is this homogenous thing.” That is why she prefers an afro or cornrows with extensions.
When i started my dreadlock journey, lots of people would ask me if they could touch them. There were many question too about which products i use. There were lots of compliments too 🙂
Word to the wise:
Asking someone to touch someone’s hair has to be broached with respect.
It is socially acceptable to ask this of someone you know because then you will know whether or not to do it.