Tuesday, March 25, 2008

People Say the Darnest Things

As I've journeyed with my Sisterlocks over the past 31 months, I thought it would be fun to share some of my most memorable comments regarding my locks. They are not in any particular order with the length of my hair. I've wrote them down randomly.

  • Look at those beady beads.
  • Excuse me, are those Sisterlocks?
  • You have Sisterlocks, no wonder they look like that.
  • I didn't like them when you first got them done, but I like them now.
  • I ran into a girl who has small corporate locks just like yours.
  • You should keep them that length because when people let them get too long, that doesn't look good.
  • You have Sisterlocks? (dumbfounded look).....oh.
  • I can't believe you and your momma are going all the way to Detroit to get that shit put in yall's head. I'm tired of looking at the back of yall's head.
  • Even though those may look good on you and all, sister girl, we need to find you another hairstyle.
  • Your hair looks so pretty!
  • I guess you don't have beady beads no more.
  • If you don't have time to condition your hair after you wash it, then you shouldn't be washing it. Your hair may look healthy, but it doesn't feel healthy.
  • So who cut your hair into that style?
  • She paid a lot of money to have her locks look like this.
  • Girl, you look like a million bucks!


Mel said...


You and your corporate locks look great:-)

Anonymous said...

how about "how do you wash it"?

muslimahlocs said...

let me guess...the negative comments were courtesy of family and friends (for the most part) and the positive comments came from strangers! or maybe i am just tired.

Salt-n-Pepper Diva said...

Now THAT was funny!

still waters said...

As we might seh in JA 'mout cut crass way fi seh anyting' (:

one love still

Happy, Nappy, & Free To Be Me said...

How funny, and yet so true...I've also gotten the turned up nose with the "it looks cute on you but you know I don't like locs at all."
People indeed do say the darndest things.

SistaLocd said...

Corporate Locks? DIdn't know that term existed! Lol

Wow I am amazed the majority of the comment where negative.

People! They do say the darnest things!

Anonymous said...

LOL!!! I've gotten some of the same comments. Especially the I didn't like your hair at first, but I like it now...I've also gotten:
-Those aren't real locks
-Now if I locked my hair, I could definitely do that size
-Maybe if you combine a couple they won't fall out
-When will you be trying out another style...

Strangely, the majority of the positive comments have come from people of other races..

It's a good thing we're all in love with Sisterlocks!

Anonymous said...

As usual you make me laugh out loud when I read your post. Those comments were the best of good, bad, and ugly.

Funny how people always say thinks like "I like to change my hair too much lock"....I have started pointing out that I never see them with a new hairstyle (LOL)!

Lakia said...

LMAO! I should jot down my list.

SeZ said...

I hope that those comments came from your close family with a smile. Because is not most of us would be in jail for knocking someone out for making personal judgements out loud to others. People are a trip. Hopefully the + out weighed the - for you. :-)

ja stu sister lock journey said...

Hi Sis,
Long time, I have started posting again hope u can find my blog.
Dont some people say the weirdest things sometimes? I am going to make a note of the things they say about my sisterlocks and post them on my blog.
Your hair is looking fab.

NappTown said...

LOL! Too funny! I know it is true too cause I have had some pretty forward things said to me too. You would think that people would not say anything if they did not have anything nice to say.

Aya said...

Many chuckles reading this. A few comments I've heard myself. I see you saved the best for last.."girl you look like a million bucks!"

brunsli said...

Corporate locks? LOL!

Have a FABULOUS time in Atlanta with your mom!

Sister-in-Locks said...

Wow. You have gotten some unique comments. Didn't quite understand the one about tired of looking at the back of your head. I rarely get the negative comments to my face. I know they are thinking it. I think the strange looks are funny. Like the time I was sitting at my desk and a coworker was looking over my shoulder and I quickly turned around to say something to him. He was staring at my hair with a look like "what the hell is that?" LOL

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Goodnapps said...

Mel> why thank you very much.

Anon> That is a good one and I will
consider myself warned.

Muslimahlocs> Well you are pretty much right on with the negative comments. The positive are from both but I will say they started coming from strangers much much
sooner than family.

Salt-n-pepper> I was hoping folks would get a good laugh.

Still Waters> Right on my sista!

Happy,nappy> Yep. I am familiar with that one.

Sistalocd> um hm. I think I may have stumbled on the term before. After looking over the list, I did realize the majority are negative. But I guess there was no need to write "they look pretty" several times. And the majority of negatives were within the first year and a half I would say.

Meikmeika> Yep, heard a majority of those too. I figure I should let others share a few too.

Tra> That sums it up so perfectly. That line you bring up I swear is one of the pet peeve comments that urk me.

Lakia> by all means!

Sez> Honey, you are so right. I love my Sisterlocks so such that what other folks say and think won't change how I feel about them all.

Ja Stu> Thank you so much. I bet your list will be quite interesting.

Napptown> You would think. But it ain't so.

Aya> I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks so much!

Brunsli> yep. To think how much we fret over whether our hair meets the corporate standard and our hair has already been dubbed corporate locks by the non-lock wearers.

Now you know I was hoping you would be joining us. Thanks for the well wishes.

Sister-in-locks> That one came from my aunt who claimed she hated our hair so much she was tired of looking at it. She happened to be riding in the back seat of the car.

Your story is quite funny.

Adam> thanks.

Anonymous said...

People got a lot of nerve!!!!! If they would liberate themselves to new things then they would understand!!!!Let them say what they may because you know you look good and you have found true freedom!!!!

n'Drea said...

Great post. Had me cracking up, especially the one about "corporate locks". A wha dat?

But, as we say in JA, "mout' mek fi seh anyt'ing."

That wrapaloc curly do is enough to shut up all those naysayers. Simply gorgeous!

Have a catawampas time in Atlanta.

Anonymous said...

Girl, go to my site NOW! I have something just for you, it is too long for me to leave in your comment space! I had to make a copy for a young lady at work who is lockiing her hair, she loved it!

Take Care~

Anonymous said...

P.S. BTW: reading this post made me step "out-of-bounds" at work and log-in to Blogger, which is something I don't do at work! ;)

Maryee said...

Funny post! I will be posting something similar to this soon! Thanks for sharing. We all need to add our "comments". As a matter of fact, I started keeping a list of students' excuses for not bringing their homework to class. #1 Excuse this past week: "It fell in mop water!"

Jeri said...

My grandma said, "How much of that is YOUR hair?" and my aunt said "When are you going to take those little twisties out?" Mostly I don't get negative comments. I get the silent treatment, but I love my hair and my only regret is that it's made me stingy with spending money to go get it done, but sometimes I don't feel like tightening it myself. But by the way, to quote another "Your hair looks so pretty!"

Goodnapps said...

Locksuluv - Girl, you are so right. Thanks so much.

ndrea - Thank you girlie. Glad you were able to have some laughs. Wish you were able to join us.

Queenli - Thank you so much. I appreciate your follow-up post.

Maryee - Thanks so much. I will be looking forward to you post. With the homework, I bet you hear some good ones.

Jeri - Thanks so much. I love that we get to enjoy the freedom for whatever that means. I hope all is well with you and the fam.

NappyTexanGirl said...

Sorry so late,
another one I have gotten is: "Is that your real hair"..... probably the most common is: "How do you was them"?? I guess we appear to have a whole different set of guidelines for hair sanitation?!

Naseema said...

Happy Birthday!!!! I have been admiring you locks for some time now and realized that today is your day. Wishing you the best!!!!

Goodnapps said...

NTG - you're never too late in my book. Although before I was locked, I don't think I asked such questions.

Naseema - That's so sweet of you! Thank you very much. I've had a very good birthday week celebration.

Happiest Nappy said...

Oh I am CU at the Detroit comment. That is FUNny. If that person is so tired then DON'T LOOK!

CarmenNC said...

I've heard many of those comments before. My dad had something to say about them every time he saw me. Why are they so thin? You should let them just grow now. And when I took out the first set - Why you go and mess your hair up? Ah ha, so he did like them.

cheleski68 said...

why others think you CARE about their opinion is beyond me....i roll my eyes in my head and thank GOD i have transcended caring about other people's issues with my head.

dreamangel75 said...

haha! Thanks for sharing. People do say the darnest things!

Genesis said...

I love your hair and I was just wondering if you have any advice for someone about to get locked? Im a little nervous but excited.

Sogolocs said...

For some reason I thought it was just me receiving rude comments. Now I know I am not alone. Like it was mentioned earlier, it only makes me like them more. The good outweighs the ugly everytime.

Blessings back

Anonymous said...

Wow . . . .

*>Jewels<* said...

I've read this post a few times since I've gotten my Sisterlocks. I laugh every time. My family has finally come to terms with the fact that I'm not perming and weaving it up. For some reason a lot of people from other ethnicities like my hair. Then there are the stares of people that have questions but are afraid to ask (for no reason).

I don't know how many other people have gotten this one, but I've gotten.

"You look like Whoopi Goldberg."

Especially since she's been on the View. It was lighthearted at the time so I laughed. It was definitely a first for me.