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Old 07-05-2012, 12:02 PM   #1
 
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What kind of comments about your overall appearance do you get as opposed to what you got while relaxed?

When I was relaxed, people would ask me if I was mixed with hispanic or something. I never understood where that came from smh.

Now that I'm natural, I get a whole lot of "Are you from the islands?" "What are you mixed with?" "Hey, you look like Rihanna."

My relaxed friends like to joke, "You get a lot of guys hittin on you because of the hair. You must look exciting."

I even had a guy from Trinidad mistake me for being from Trinidad. He came up to me, "wha g'wan babeh guhl?" And when I opened my mouth to say "huh?" (I didn't register what he said at first lol), he looked disappointed that I didn't sound like I was from the Caribbean.

I'm black and from the southside of Chicago. That is all. lol
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:12 PM   #2
 
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What kind of comments about your overall appearance do you get as opposed to what you got while relaxed?

When I was relaxed, people would ask me if I was mixed with hispanic or something. I never understood where that came from smh.

Now that I'm natural, I get a whole lot of "Are you from the islands?" "What are you mixed with?" "Hey, you look like Rihanna."

My relaxed friends like to joke, "You get a lot of guys hittin on you because of the hair. You must look exciting."

I even had a guy from Trinidad mistake me for being from Trinidad. He came up to me, "wha g'wan babeh guhl?" And when I opened my mouth to say "huh?" (I didn't register what he said at first lol), he looked disappointed that I didn't sound like I was from the Caribbean.

I'm black and from the southside of Chicago. That is all. lol
LOL its funny because when my hair was longer, people would say " oh you look like a darker version of your mother. I can tell youre Dominican"


Now that all my napps are free , I get" Oh I can tell youre Jamaican now, you look like your dad"

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I will say , I get a lot of African women questioning am I mixed . I live in an African/Haitian mini city.

I get a lot of African American folks just wondering how do I get my hair to curl in general.


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Old 07-05-2012, 12:27 PM   #3
 
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I get the "what r u mixed with" now more so than when I wore my hair straight.

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Old 07-05-2012, 02:45 PM   #4
 
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Oh goodness, I can relate. I got those same questions when I was relaxed. And now that I'm transitioning I get them even more. Crazy right? What's peoples deal? Af. Am's can't have exotic looking hair without being mixed? But that's a discussion for a whole another thread haha.


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Old 07-05-2012, 03:36 PM   #5
 
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I got the standard "what are you mixed with/are you half white?" when I was relaxed.

Now I get that plus, "are you Brazilian?" Which....doesn't make sense.

Where I live in Chicago isn't very diverse so it's usually white people who are like, "OMG YOUR HAIR THO. CAN I TOUCH?"
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:53 PM   #6
 
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I get "how did you get your hair to curl like that?"

But once I heard "your overall style changed for the better since you went natural" I think its because I wear more accessories & brighter colors now.

Everything in moderation?
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:23 PM   #7
 
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When I was relaxed the most anyone commented on my appearance was to ask if my hair was a weave or not. When I had a fade I got the "nubian queen" "my sista" comments and had more random people commenting on my looks. Now that it's longer, and I'm living in the south, I get the "how did you get your hair like that" questions.

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Old 07-05-2012, 06:26 PM   #8
 
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I've always looked young for my age but since going natural people tell me I look younger.
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:01 AM   #9
 
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I get the same as everyone else along with being told Im not really black.
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:40 AM   #10
 
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People talk to me about hair more. Just random things too. A bank teller earlier this week complimented my hair then went on to ask how long it was, do I ever straighten it, is this my natural hair color, she told me about her friend who always straightens her hair and how it's heat damaged...girl stop talking about this stuff and give me my money, please and thank you!

Blame it on the cell phone...
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:25 AM   #11
 
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I got hit on more when I had straight hair, but I get far more comments/compliments on my hair now that it's natural (from men and women). My natural hair definitely triggers a lot more conversations with black women about hair products/hair care.

I'm probably in the minority on this site in that I got more questions about being "mixed"/a different ethnicity when my hair was straight. People do sometimes ask if I'm from the islands (e.g., Jamaica), but that happens more when I'm overseas. I live in Brooklyn, where naturals are a dime a dozen, so I don't think there's anything particularly "exotic" about my curls.

Having said that, I've been getting a lot of questions lately (mostly from black men) about whether my hair is "real." I guess because there are a lot of kinky wigs now? What's weird is I tend to get that question more the wilder/frizzier my hair is (e.g., when I haven't washed it in a few days).
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:32 AM   #12
 
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I've always looked young for my age but since going natural people tell me I look younger.
I can relate! People can think I'm younger than I actually am all they want, just don't treat me like a child! I am grown! But that just means we have good genes haha.


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The weirdest comment I ever got was when a white woman walked up to me out of absolute no where and said...."I just wanna let you know...you have really good hair"...lol. I never know how to react when people say that kind of thing so I just said...thanks.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:44 AM   #14
 
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Random people of all races, men and women, offer more compliments than when I was relaxed.

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Old 07-12-2012, 03:21 PM   #15
 
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^Same here. I get hit on more by mostly non-black men too these days now since Im natural. And it also attracts a lot of attention..which im not a fan of due to beig very shy lol. I don't get too many questions though, but again I've only been natural for 2 months so far.


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