Aasha Benton

black woman with braids and evening smokey eyes

At a nail salon in Richmond, I was asked whether my hair was real, and I decided to fib about everything. For many months, I’d worn box braids. She asked if my hair was genuine, and I responded yes. She inquired how long it took me to do the job and how much it cost. And then she wanted to know how much it had cost.

The woman next to me started shouting about my hair, and her friends began to panic. It was amusing to invent a tale at first, but when they kept talking about it with each other during my pedicure, it became uncomfortable.. It made me feel like I was on display.” — Aasha Benton