Embracing 4C Natural Hair & Its Unique Curl Pattern

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Arguably, THE most disrespected and misunderstood hair type is 4C Natural Hair. The faulty thinking surrounding 4C Hair has long poisoned the Black/African/African-American community, as well as communities of African descent and of a Black/African-Caribbean background. This can bring about many distressing memories, especially for Black and Biracial/Mixed-Race women.

For instance, being negatively and unfairly compared to its Type 1, 2 & 3 counterparts, called "unmanageable," labeled "bad hair," and teased for being "nappy" and the least preferred in comparison to "finer" hair (Types 1 & 2). Oftentimes, finer hair types were, and still are, incorrectly called "good hair." All of the aforementioned is linked to racism, colorism, trauma, discrimination and slavery.

The rise of social media and Youtube has opened a unique way for supportive groups of 4C Hair Naturals to create a community to come together, counteract misinformation, deliberate untruths and oppressive language, and reclaim words initially saddled with negative connotations. Such a necessary community leads to embracing a marginalized hair type and learning that your natural state is not only good enough, but doesn't require an explanation to anyone about its very existence.

The 4C Natural Hair community does a great job of highlighting its problems, but the benefits and advantages far outweigh the prior mentioned. A few of the benefits include:

👩🏾 Volume - Has natural volume, which is great for Afros.
👩🏾 Longevity - 4C hairstyles maintain longevity throughout your day.
👩🏾 Versatility - Offers the ability to create Locs, Twists, Curls, Braids & Bantu Knots, Wash-And-Go style, just to name a few. The list goes on.
👩🏾 Softness - Despite inaccurate information that 4C hair is rough & rugged, this could not be further from the truth.

4C Hair is unique, therefore requiring unique needs. Most professional hair experts recommend applying a daily leave-in conditioner after shampooing, serums and oils while damp, and a protein treatment every 2 months (6-8 weeks) to retain and restore necessary moisture. Every move is well-worth it in order to keep your hair healthy and vibrant.

So, rather than focusing on what your 4C hair cannot do, instead direct your energy towards what it can. Reconnect with, and learn your tresses as you embrace the individuality that is 4C hair.

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