ESSENCE Poll: Is It Offensive For People to Ask if Your're Wearing a Weave?

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Teyonah Parris shared her tale of a rude "old man" who questioned whether her hair was real or not. Is discussing your weave (or lack therof) off limits?

Teyonah Parris' natural tresses are admirable to say the least. She's known for her glamorous updo's, gorgeous curls and overall luscious locks.

Apparently one "old man" took his admiration a bit too far when he decided to not only ask Teyonah if her hair was real, but to take it upon himself to reach out and grab it. 

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*Record Scratch*

The "Mad Men" actress explains the incident in a series of tweets that you have to read to believe.

Here's a brief recount of the disturbing ordeal:

Having tea at The Ritz w/beautiful brown folk. Old Man walks over boldly asks me "Is that yours or an add on?!"Clearly referring tomy hair.

— Teyonah Parris (@TeyonahParris) June 9, 2015

wear that hair bc it's stimulating." I say "Excuse me?" He says "I'm saying I like it." I reply "That's all you had to say. You like it."

— Teyonah Parris (@TeyonahParris) June 9, 2015

Teyonah goes on to say that the man reached out to grab her hair and his embarrassed daughter had to explain that "he's trying to give you a compliment."

We won't even go into the fact that he grabbed her hair because that's ALWAYS a no-no and we're pretty sure it doesn't qualify as a compliment.

However, we do want to know your feelings about being asked if you're wearing a weave. Is that information off limits? Open for discusion? Or do you take it on a case-by-case basis?

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