Short Film Documents Black Hair Fascination

Short locks. Long locks. Wavy locks. Straight locks. Dreadlocks.  A group of African-American women put themselves, rather their hair, in a social experiment to find out what’s up with the fascination involving their mane. The short film, “You Can Touch My Hair” documents the controversial setup.

Antonia Opiah, founder of, facilitated the experiment in conjunction with Pantene Pro-V. The premise is to get a closer glimpse at the misconceptions revolving around African-American hair.
This past summer, a small group of  women stood in New York’s Union Square allowing passerbyers to join in on the experiment and simply get a good feel of their hair.

Ophia said Via New York Daily News:
“Most of us are taught or start off with the understanding that something is wrong with our hair,” she says. “Whether it’s our grandmothers wrestling us to the ground to tame it into ponytails. … There’s pain and crying and suffering. And most people who do our hair, their first lesson is to change it.”

Not every Black woman is open to allowing people to touch her hair for a number of reasons. 
Chris Rock tried to tackle it in, “Good Hair” while India Arie told you, “I Am Not My Hair”. What’s all the hoopla about? It all depends on who you ask.
My answer: no, you cannot touch my hair. I am not a dog, please do not pet me. It is basic human nature to question the unknown. In this case, Black women’s hair is something that is commonly misunderstood. I get that. I’ve had this hair for 25 years and don’t quite understand why it manages to fall the way it does, either.

Some days I wear a wig. Some days I won’t. Some days I straighten my hair, others I do not. I am almost 100% certain that every strand on Britney Spears’ head is not hers. You don’t see the paparazzi asking her if they can pull her hair. 

It’s extremely frustrating when people become defensive after I say, “Please don’t touch me.”. 

My resistance tends to come off abrasive, however I should not have to give a hands-on presentation on: new growth, braids, relaxers, etc. 
If you ask any woman, not matter her ethnicity, I guarantee that she’ll have some sort of hair horror story. Let’s face it, a bad hair day can happen at a moments notice and every day after that you’ll try your best to do what ever you did the day before to not ever have to see your hair act a plain fool!

What works for you won’t always work for me and vice versa. All hair is not created equal. That’s what makes women of any color so unique. At the end of the day hair is just hair. Some people are open about it, others are not. You have to respect it. 

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