“Don’t touch my hair”encourages natural beauty

Black history month continues with “Dont Touch My Hair”

By Sydney Faison
On February 23, 2018

Photo by Marsalis Mahome
Shkendra Freeman, sophomore, places a yellow strip of paper on natural hair to express her positive views on it.

Students at ASU got the opportunity to attend "Don’t Touch My Hair" Feb. 15 in the Plaza Verde clubhouse.

"Don’t Touch My Hair" is part of The Melanin Experience in celebration of Black History Month.

Resident assistant Dymyn Rock and student hall director Maya Jones hosted the event, which focused on eliminating stereotypes relating to hair and skin.

The event featured an autobiographical presentation from Lorina Soza.

"We are all human, and we all have the right to tell our stories," Soza said. "People need to know that even the sad stories you can learn something from it and the person giving that story can help other people grow."

The event discussed many stereotypes about ethnic hair.

"People can learn that it is culturally insensitive to touch someone’s hair without permission or make remarks that are inappropriate just because they don’t understand," Soza said.

The Melanin Experience is a month long series of events promoting the diverse population here at ASU.

Soza said that the event is a stepping stone to know that many cultures can open your eyes and doors to something new.

Soza works with Ram Family Connection to help with transitions for parents and students as they enter ASU.

The event featured a presentation from the stylists at the All About You hair salon.

One of the stylists said that they do braids and fades for all shades. At All About You it does not matter what demographic you are they will assist you.

All About You stylists discussed the importance of keeping hair in good condition and gave tips for practical hair care such as not comb your hair when it is dry.

There were prizes and refreshments at the event. Some trivia questions included "How often should you trim your ends?" and "Who invented the first brush?"

The Melanin Experience will continue with upcoming events such as "The Apollo: Open Mic Night" and "Angelo Speaks".

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