Touching one's hair

by capri
(Space Coast FL)



I recall a rule of thumb being to never touch one's hair in public. I know it is a rule in regard to being seated at a table; but isn't it also a rule in general?

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Grooming
by: Ms P Etiquette

Capri,

Of course, grooming oneself in public is always discouraged. Touching your own hair, not playing with it or brushing it, is fine. Playing with your hair while seated at a table with food is considered very poor etiquette. There is no general rule denying one the right to touch their own hair in public of which I am aware.

However, it is very poor behavior to touch another person's hair without permission, just as you would not touch other parts of their body. It is NEVER proper etiquette to ask a person of color if you can touch their hair. Apparently, it is enough of a common occurrence that much has been written about it. I hope you can see how insulting this would feel to the recipient of your request.

That is all I know about hair touching etiquette. If you find other information on this, please let us all know.


Thank you for your question.
Ms Practical Etiquette

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