Tonight while I was doing cardio at the gym, all sweaty and out of breath, this really handsome trainer comes up to me and says, "I WANT DREADLOCKS!"
I had my headphones in, so I was a little startled, but gave him a big smile.
He said, "I love your hair! Can I touch them? I want some!"
I let him touch them and he asked me where I got them done. I told them I did them myself and he asked how. I told him it might be a little different on his hair and he said with a sly smile, "Is it cause I'm black?" I laughed and said yeah and then briefly explained sectioning and backcombing to him. He asked me how old they were and I told him over 2 years. He was like, "WOW! They look so cool!" and he touched them for the whole time we talked.
He asked me if I knew the other trainer there with dreads and I told him that I happened to go to high school with him and that his locks are awesome. He agreed and then he asked me if I get a lot of weird comments because I have dreadlocks and I'm white. I laughed and said sometimes, but most people are cool.
He touched them again, shook my hand, introduced himself (I feel so badly because I forgot his name!) and told me my hair was "bitchin'". =D He said he wanted some again and I told him he should definitely get some!
It really made my night. I love it when I get good reactions to my hair because living in the south I get a majority of shitty, mean looks (and often comments) by people. And as silly as it is it made me happy that a black man was so excited about my hair because at my clinic I get a lot of bad reactions from black folks. Just last week when I was there I got told yet again that white girls shouldn't have dreadlocks and that I was stealing the culture. Wow, that's a new one right?
The rest of my workout I had a huge smile on my face and when I saw him again as I was leaving he smiled huge and gave me a big thumbs up. LOVE IT!
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Oh! And I just remembered that also the last time I was at the clinic I had TWO people ask me about my lobes. Apparently people think they are pierced at such a large gauge? WTF? I never thought about that. XD I had to explain twice that no, they were pierced like a normal ear piercing and that I slowly stretched up to this size. I didn't bother to tell them how larger lobes are done. I just thought it was funny that it had never occurred to me that people might think that. I guess I understand why I get so many shocked reactions to my ears, and they're not even that big!