yep, my niece reacts the same way. She's almost... I think 6 now and she's still nervous when she sees me while my hair's up. I think Christmas a few months ago, she was actually shaking out of fear. Granted after about an hour or less of being around me and seeing I wasn't such a monster after all, she opened right up to me and i could talk to her and make her laugh and everything.
I got in the back seat of my parents car one time years ago when she was like 2 or 3 and she was RIGHT next to me in a carseat and she just started crying and it feels so awkward when that happens. You just kinda think to yourself, "uuh... shit, this sucks... yeeeaaaah i feel kinda awkward now."
All I got was "DUURRR, HEY MOHAWK DOOD!". I don't think I got as much flak as that time my eyebrows and part of my hair became singed due to a.... 'splosion... I looked like a cennobite by the time I cleaned myself up, that's when the jaw dropping gazes really started..