When I had my first big chop, I knew nothing about hair types and I would sit for hours watching Youtube videos of girls with 3C hair transform their curly hair into different amazing styles. After watching, I would sit in front of my mirror pulling and tugging at my thin, 4C hair and willing it to transform into what I had just seen to no avail. Fast forward to 6 months later, I came across another Youtube video that explained all about natural hair and hair typing, it was an aha moment for me, I started seeing and treating my hair differently after that.
Why should you know your hair type?
- Helps in determining products that would work best for your hair.
- Helps you know hairstyles that would favor your hair type.
- Helps you understand your hair better
Read all about Type 1 hair Here
Read all about Type 2 hair Here
Read all about Type 3 hair Here
Read all about Type 4 hair here
Moving on, I was walking on my own past a group of girls when I heard ” her hair looks dirty” WHAAAATTTT? My inner ninja wanted to turn back and show off some of my non-existent moves when I realized I was outnumbered and just kept on walking. So far, these are some of the funniest and untrue stereotypes I’ve heard
- Natural hair is dirty and unkempt
- Natural hair is tough/unmanageable
- Girls with natural hair detest/envy those with relaxed hair
- Maintaining natural hair is expensive
- Girls with natural hair are stubborn/rebellious/feminists
What is your hair type? Have you fallen victim of these/other stereotypes? Do share.
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9 thoughts on “On Hair Types & Stereotypes”
My hair type is predominantly 4a with looser coils at the back.
Oh I’ve gotten the ‘your hair looks rough, hard to touch, scattered”
I like when I clear people’s doubt and tell them to touch my hair just so they know it isn’t that “hard to touch’, their reaction is always priceless and pleasing.
I think we generalize too much especially this part of the world where if your hair isn’t relaxed, people would think you belong to a certain religious group or you’re a dirty person, very wrong.
LOOL. I wish I could clear some people that same way but I don’t like people touching my hair yet.
I don’t like it either but there are some times they have to feel it to believe.
Awesome poiny of view. Kindly please follow back.
Ehnnn! How rude. They couldn’t wait for you to be out of earshot? Mschew
Today a medical officer asked me when I’m going to “make” my hair. I said I’m not, I like it like this. He said well he doesn’t. Like I give a hoot what he likes! I was planning to do twists soon but I’ll wait a couple more weeks, just to spite him😡
Like! LMAOOO. My lecturer once told me “you look like a patient not a medical officer” and I just started laughing. Someday all these would be over, hopefully.
4C Girl here!! Love your article, did the same thing, now I know every style I see, even if to is the same texture, is going to come out looking completely different on my hair but its OK, cause that what!makes our styles unique. You van have 5 naturals do the same twists outs and all are different, you just gotta love that :D, I get the, Ohhhh, it’s so soft and occasionally, Uhhh, its not a wig, hahaha.
Thank you! Hello versatility 💁👏
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You’re dear and yes indeed 😀