Caleen Desjarlais (cal_desjarlais) wrote in get_up_dread_up,
Caleen Desjarlais
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People Touching Your Hair Without Asking

The other night I was at this bar, and I had my dreads down (they are quite long, past my shoulders).  This guy comes up to me randomly while I was waiting in line to get a drink, and grabs one of my dreads in his hand.  He asked me "Do you ever wash these?"

"Yes" I said, somewhat annoyed that A) He was touching them without asking and B) That he asked such a question in the way that he asked, which was semi-sarcastic.

I told him that I wash them regularly and keep them clean.  Like would you go up and ask someone with brushable hair that?  And touch their hair without asking buddy??

Then, he takes the end of my dread, bends it backwards, and TICKLES MY FACE WITH IT!  Not only that, he comments "They seem kind of dirty to me"

I kind of wanted to punch him.  Instead I jerked my head away and gave him the most withering look possible (which is pretty awesome, according to people who know me).

Somehow I am certain that others have experienced people touching their hair without asking.  For whatever reason I don't mind when other dreadies do it.  My one buddy, who has had dreads for 14 years, say it's kind of like dogs sniffing each others ass, LOL.  Dreaded people meet each other, touch each others dreads, and it's somehow more acceptable than a non-dreaded person touching without asking.

What say you, community people?  Ever had a similar or worse experience??  What would/do you do?
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