Mirror Mirror on the wall, what curls are the prettiest of them all?
ALL OF THEM!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term “4C Curls,” it’s a specific type of curl pattern within the natural hair world. Black Girl Hair Magic has so much diversity that we had to break it down into types which help us know what hair products cater best to our hair.
Now, I’m sure there are hair types for all ethnicities, but this post is focused on what I’m familiar with and experience.
Type 4 hair is described as tightly coiled, coarse, and one of the most common hair types found in African American Hair.
There’s a lot more detail explaining hair types, but that’s just the top of the surface information.
SO! As common as 4C hair is said to be, unfortunately, it doesn’t receive as much celebration and love as other hair types.
Let me break it down:
Looser curl textures have been coined as pretty natural hair as opposed to a tighter texture, like my hair which has been called “nappy”. The way nappy is said most definitely comes with a negative connotation.
That’s from my very own experience as well as what I’ve seen within the community.
People with my texture have also been charged more in the hair salon because our hair is said to take much more work.
It’s very unfortunate but true. I’ve even had some of my followers reach out to me sharing their personal and very vulnerable natural hair stories. One of my very sweet supporters allowed me to share her story:
This. This got me. No one should ever have to feel uncomfortable with displaying what God gave them.
HE MAKES NO MISTAKES.
Here’s another example to show you some of the challenges that come with having natural thick hair. Click below:
Although society has their own standard of beauty, we do not have to conform to what they say is acceptable. As I write this, I’m encouraging myself too, because it gets hard at times going against the grain even when you know what you’re doing is right.
But if we stick together and celebrate each other, it will help the journey of each of us appreciating all the unique ways God created us much easier.
I represent 4C Hair type women because I saw a significant gap in representation.
So here I am today, using my platforms to make sure that 4C women feel equally as celebrated and admired as other hair types. Continue to follow my social media platforms for tips and advice on 4C Hair.
If you’ve never heard that your hair is beautiful, let me be the 1st to say…YOUR HAIR IS GORGEOUS!!!
Stick with it sis.