Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Vampire Grabbed My Hair ...



and I grabbed the Holy Water.

Thus a vampire learns that you do not touch a Black woman's hair.

Fellow DAF blogger, E.A. of Blog of Eternal Stench sent me this link to a Boston Globe article about the Mattel So in Style Barbies and the good hair focus among Black women. This article stimulated the above Halloween photograph.

Integrity Toys' AA T.J. struck me as the perfect actress for this scene: her hair is sleek and straight. She has an elegant, formal air. I could see her being annoyed at any handling of her hair. Angel is one of my few adult vampires; he struck me as more likely to bite T.J. than Barnabas. (Added bonus; he was quicker to debox LOL)

Comedian Chris Rock has a movie about good hair and Tyra Banks offers more information about this phenomenon.

14 comments:

Niel Camhalla said...

People really are making money out of people's differences, saying that it's bad to be different, that we have to follow one set of guidelines for being good and/or beautiful. If you're different, all you have to do is to pay to be the same.

Dolls of Color said...

ROFL!!!

Angel needs to do some reading up on black hair... when I read the title, I thought she would throw the water on her hair and it'd frizz up and punch the vampire in the face...

D7ana said...

Yes, pay - financially, emotionally, and spiritually - and because "different" will never be "same," still be "different." All the thrashing about to always fall short, to always be "other" ....

D7ana said...

Oh, no, Therese. T.J. is using holy water to burn the vampire LOL. Frizzy hair would be like a squirrel's tail (as someone once described my ponytail ;-P) so it wouldn't begin to put a hurting on that trespassing vampire. No, the straightness and the smoothness of the hair must be preserved at all costs.

Sigh.

Dolls of Color said...

well, you already have decided that vampires exist... having super powerful frizzy hair that punches people isn't that much of a jump hehehe

D7ana said...

The sigh in the comment above was for the tediousness of always having to maintain straight hair texture.

I did ask for suspension of disbelief, bringing in a vampire so I can see how someone could expect super-powered hair ;-D

However, I wouldn't use super-powered afro hair because the Beyonce character in Austin Powers' movies had that (I think). I dislike all those dumb-is-cute movies like Austin Powers, Ace Ventura, Dumb and Dumber, etc. Shudder. Not to say that fighting hair - like Medusa's head of snakes - couldn't be fun otherwise.

Dolls of Color said...

I was actually thinking of Sindel from Mortal Kombat... her hair acts like extra arms and kills people. That said... she does have straight hair...

RoxanneRoxanne said...

LOL! Love the pic. I never really minded my weaves being touched, though I imagine that I would mind if it was being touched by a vampire. People always seem to want to touch my afro and my pressed hair.

D7ana said...

Thanks for the information about Sindel from Mortal Kombat, Therese. I recognize that is a computer game - I think - but I am largely ignorant about the characters, etc. of computer games.

Fighting hair ... interesting.

D7ana said...

Glad you like the photo, Roxanne! I think T.J. reacted to the hair "threat" AND the vampire approach; she did have the Holy Water on hand ha ha! And a sword at her feet. (Really straining credulity LOL)

I've only become conscious of the "don't touch a Black woman's hair" prohibition since I saw an Oprah episode with Sanaa Lanthan. I heard about Black women needing to be careful about sweating and swimming, but I didn't think beyond that. When I had my hair relaxed, I figured the relaxer would keep my hair "controlled."

You get people asking or just reaching out and touching your hair, too? In my post-relaxer days, I hate strangers touching my hair. I want to turn Flip Wilson Geraldine on them: "You don't know me that well." LOL

Ebony Nicole, said...

As a black woman, I just had to laugh! LLOLOLOLOL How many years Angel been on earth, he should know better!

RoxanneRoxanne said...

I think that I remember that Oprah episode - they were talking about that scene from Sanaa's movie Something New. I remember thinking "what's the big deal?" When I used to relax my hair, I wore weaves a couple of times. I remember the guy that I was dating at the time touching my hair and saying "How do they get your hair so STRAIGHT?" I just smiled to myself and thought "You'll find out soon enough if you keep touching!" He didn't "find out" until a few weeks later when my hair texture didn't match the weave texture anymore. LOL!

My husband touches my hair all the time - straight, kinky, wig, or weave. My family members and close friends seem to want to touch my hair when I press it (which I rarely do) and they do not ask. Strangers or casual acquaintances sometimes want to touch my hair when I wear my 'fro, and they usually ask. If they didn't ask, I'd be tempted to go all Ludacris on them: "Get back! You don't know me like that!" :D

D7ana said...

Ebony Nicole, I think Angel intended to provoke a certain reaction. If I fleshed out that photo to a story, I would have the hair grabbing intentional. After all, he's the big bad vampire LOL.

This wouldn't be his first visit to T.J. - she wouldn't likely have holy water on hand otherwise ;-D - so it could be that this particular grab was the last straw.

D7ana said...

Roxanne, yes, that's the Oprah episode. I didn't use to be home when she is on so that episode stood out for me.

I wouldn't mind my hair getting mussed - I blow dry it using a comb attachment now so the texture is more "natural." I prefer it a little rough - relaxed, it was easier to handle, but it felt too thin for my features - shrug.

Ah a new cultural reference ... Ludacris. I recognize the name as belonging to a um performer? But I have to check. He's probably post 1980s when I last semi-knew who sang what, etc. LOL