I am blessed with beautiful dark thick long glorious hair that grows like it is on steroids. I thank the heavens everyday for it. And the father and his ancestors obviously…. They passed down the good hair gene so yours truly could be the envy of every girl. But then again it is just hair. I have met ladies with longer thicker healthier hair than mine. We exchange hair tips, I secretly wish my hair looked as great and resolve to take better care it. <That resolve usually doesn’t last…. old habits>. I have also had the strangest conversations with strangers about my hair. This blog is dedicated to letting you in on a few of them.
Sort of Conversation one:
Me: *feels hands poking at my scalp*. I do the obvious thing and turn around.
Stranger: *smiles sheepishly*. I was seeing if your hair was real.
Side Note: Apparently some people think it is perfectly acceptable to go poking at stranger’s scalps.
I am seated in a taxi. Two ladies board the same taxi and seat behind me. The following conversation ensues.
Lady 1: Is that her real hair??
Lady2 : No way, Ekyo kiwani nawe.
Lady 1: But nga it looks soo real. Kale it might be real.
Lady 2: leeka nawe. Tekisoboka.
<Long argument ensues>
Lady 1 taps me on the shoulder and asks,
Lady 1: Wama is that your real hair??
Me: Yes it is.
Lady 1: are you sure??
Me : Yes. *Sarcastically* would you like to touch and confirm??
Lady 1 goes ahead to feel my scalp to make sure there are no biwani.
I am walking along the Ntinda streets. A lady stops me:
Lady: Hello, what retouch do you use?
Me: *Completely caught off guard * Huh ??
Lady: For your hair, what retouch bizigo do you use??
Me: Finally understanding. Ohhh…… Sometimes TCB, Sometimes Miadi.
Lady: ehhh…. Olina enviri *walks away.
Side note: I have had that same conversation in different variations. From what hair oil I use, to what treatment I use. People all these hair products don’t work miracles, they work with what you have and either enhance it a little or if you are unlucky make it worse. So applying the hair oil I use will not make the hair follicles on your scalp triple in number or triple its growth rate. I think it is important that we learn to accept and work with what we have as opposed to trying to be like someone else. Sometimes I wish I had softer and not so thick hair. It would be manageable in its natural state and I could maybe pull off the natural hair look <I am already picturing all the cool things I could do with it>. But try putting a comb through my natural hair…. it is a war zone up there, steel wool and lion’s mane come to mind. That is how dreams are shuttered. So yes I treated it and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. It is manageable, it is beautiful and I can do all these other cool things with it. What is my point?? Treated, natural, find what works for you and rock it!!!!
Forgive the rant, back to our selection of Convos.
I am perusing the aisles of certain supermarket.
Lady : Is that a human hair weave?? Where did you buy it??
Me: Huh?? *I have no idea what she is talking about.*
Lady: Your hair, is it a human hair weave?
Me: No, this is my actual hair.
Lady: *With an I don’t believe you expression on her face* are you sure??
Lady: *Walks off angry. Probably furious I refused to divulge my non existent hair secrets*
I am having a conversation with gentleman X. He keeps stealing glances at my hair.
Him: Is all that your real hair??
Him: Can I touch it?
Me: *a little creeped out, but…* Yeah sure, go ahead.
Him: *Runs his fingers through the hair*
Me: *thinking* does this guy have a hair fetish?
Until next time……