"Don't Touch My Hair"
A Photo Series by Lex Scott Davis
“A lot of people ask about my hair. Which then usually leads to a question about my nationality. Initially I say “thank you” to the compliments, but then I feel uneasy about answering the questions “what are you mixed with”? I have light brown skin…I have naturally long hair…and I AM African-American; A black girl from West Baltimore. The beauty about Black Women is that we come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. Know that being “mixed” is not the only figment of beauty. Sure, historically speaking, there are a plethora of races that make up what African-Americans are today …but I Am A Black Girl. I’m Proud. And I am no better than the next.” - Lex Scott Davis [July 13th, 2012]
I grew up in the dance community, thus The Bun became familiar to me at an early age as it is a universal requirement in ballet classes. I remember when beauty supply stores started selling doughnut shaped foam and when “Hairagami” was invented and marketed to the straight-strand demographic who needed a little extra help in creating a full shaped bun. I was fascinated by this new device and needed to try it as soon as I could get my hands on one. Well, that didn't work out in my favor seeing as my hair got tangled around the rod and I needed to seek help from one of the older dancers to help me get it out. Honestly, I should have known better judging by the fact that there were only white women advertising the product. It just simply wasn't for Us.
The Pineapple; it looks exactly how its described. Its sole purpose is to prevent one from ruining their curls while sleeping, but it’s also a cool style for us naturals. In most cases, and mine especially, its bigger than a church hat, making it difficult for people who walk, sit, or stand behind you to see. In other words, its a bold statement that I often enjoy in a room full of straight-strands.