“Don’t Touch” is a three-part series stemming from my experiences growing up as the most tender headed child you could ever meet. Each charcoal piece is titled after something I was taught or told about my hair.
01. Big Girls Don’t Cry
“Big Girls Don’t Cry” is something my cousins would tell me whenever it was time to tame my lion’s mane. I was a tiny frizz ball who broke out in tears at the site of a comb or brush. It didn’t matter who did it. I dreaded getting my hair done.
02. This Is A Classroom Not A Beauty Salon
The second piece’s rather long title was something my best friend and I heard often from 4th grade all the way into high school. Lex had a love of doing people’s hair in class and me being the best friend meant I was always her mannequin lol. Our teachers loved and hated us in the same breath.
03. Knot Leaving The House
“Knot Leaving The House” is a mixture of things internalized and the fact that I feel my head is too big to wear Bantu knots as a style. Growing up we were often told you shouldn’t wear your scarf, bonnet, or braid/twist outs in public. I’ve pretty much outgrown that way of thinking and will gladly go about my day in whatever “neat” braids or twists I have in, except for Bantu knots. I love seeing women wear them but I just can’t get comfortable with wearing them as a style for myself. No matter how much my roommates urge I always take them down before leaving the house.