25 November 2011

The Email: Natural Hair and Interacial Dating

Hi Belle
Not sure if you've already answered a question similar to this but I thought I'd throw it out there again.
As a person who is also in a mixed race relationship, how do you deal with your hair whilst in your partners company?
My current dilemma is that when I stay round my boyfriend's house, I don't put my hair in twists, sleep in a cap or on a satin pillow case which causes my hair to dry out and makes it a nightmare to tackle in the morning.
Have you talked about your hair with your other half? How do you deal with situations like that?
Thanks, A Reader

This is not the first time I had an email like this, firstly let me stress that it is not just ladies in interracial relationships that have to have 'the hair talk' all men regardless of race are completely bemused by the beauty rituals of us Girlies!
Whether weaved, relaxed, or natural black women should always  protect their hair at night to keep it in tip top condition, whether it's rocking your scarf, twisting your hair or pulling out your satin pillow for sleep overs their is always that nervous moment when we think 'good this boy must think I'm crazy!'  and he does but men think women are crazy standard (at least my man does)
If this guy is put off by how you sleep he is not the guy for you!
When I started dating my bf I out right told him I had to protect my hair at night and I explained why! When someone cares about you they don't care about the silly stuff, after our discussion I got home to find a gorgeous silk scarf waiting from him (Awww)
But seriously most men are just happy to have a scantily clad women in their bed they really don't care what you have on your head.
If your still feeling awkward, put your hair in a loose high bun and wrap your scarf in a pretty bow or bring a satin pillowcase!
Your tresses will thank you for it!

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