Woman invents clever game to stop people touching her afro hair

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Susan Devaney

Why this woman is telling everyone: don’t touch my hair. 

Someone touching your possessions or your body without permission is invasive – and that includes hair.

Which is why Momo Pixel, a Portland-based creative, has created a game, Nah Hair, to school people on why it’s not okay to keep touching her hair.

The aim of the interactive game is to swat away Caucasian hands as they try to grab a woman’s afro hair as she tries to board a flight.

The aim of the game is to stop the hands from touching her hair. 

Every user is invited to pick a hairstyle and skin tone before proceeding to play the game. 

Users pick a skin tone before starting the game. 

If unsuccessful, the woman will miss her flight. But at the end of the game, a small piece of advice appears:

“The game is over but this experience isn’t. This is an issue that black women face daily. So a note to those who do it: stop that shit.”

According to Momo, she created the game because she’s tired of people reaching out to grab her hair.

“So I made a game cause I got tired of women putting their hands in my hair,” Momo posted on Twitter - followed by the hashtag #Don’tTouchMyHair. 

And social media users have praised the game, and its strong message.

“Excuse me, why are you such a genius? This is fab […] a much needed game!,” one user wrote.  

“This gives me anxiety. Why, oh why, would you touch someone’s hair?” one user posted. 

“This is truly the game that the world needed. Bravo!” another posted. 

“I can so relate. There must be something magical about Afro ponies because every single white woman at my job tried to touch it. Words were said, and I don’t regret it. Great job!,” another wrote. 

Earlier this year, Stylist investigated the high street inequality for women with Afro hair wanting to get their hair cut - discovering how difficult it can be. And singer Solange Knowles has also discussed the issue that black women constantly face in a song on her latest album, A Seat At The Table. Entitled, Don’t Touch My Hair, she explains why it’s not okay to touch her hair. 

In an interview last year, she said: “The song is as much as what it feels like to have your whole identity challenged on a daily basis, although physically touching the hair is extremely problematic!”

Images: Nappy/The optimist dreamer


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Susan Devaney

Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for, writing about fashion, feminism, and everything else in-between.

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