Is 4C The Forgotten Curl?
I ask myself this question quiet often. Is 4C hair the forgotten curl?
So sadly, when I came across a post and picture while scrolling down my Instagram feed stating “ We need to see more 4C hair in the media,” an uneasy feeling sparked.
Without hesitation I started sharing this post with friends and family that have similar textures.
The response was insane!
“This is why I own so many hair products”
“There isn’t enough women that represent our texture”
Just to name a few!
Surprisingly they felt the same way and finding hair inspiration at times could feel discouraging and extremely difficult.
At first I was very offended because when I wear my hair in protective styles with a looser curl (type 3A-C patterns and even 4A), natural hair blogs repost me very frequently.
I guess we’ve became so accustomed to seeing the “popular textures” in social media, that seeing someone that resembles the majority of naturalistas, is so far from our thoughts.
Is this necessarily a bad thing?
That still remains unclear however the love isn't always reciprocated with my 4C texture. Which caused me great concern given the huge “Kinky Curly Girl” movement. This is something I had to sit down and really think about and in conclusion my opinion is...
Society along with social media identifies texture with race and complexion.
If you’re a black women with lighter skin the assumption is you’re a women of a different nationality or biracial. If you’re a women with deeper skin then your hair is 4C (Tight Kinky Coils) creating colorism.
I’ve experienced this first hand when people ask if I’m hispanic or “mixed.” Some go as far and say “You don’t look like a black women”.
While women of color tell me “I am African American” or “You don’t understand because your not my complexion” with a strong emphasis on it.
To make matters worse I don’t see women that look like me being promoted on the natural hair pages. Which leaves a large gap in the natural hair community but also our culture.
These outlets are here to promote pride, confidence, strength and integrity and, also educating society on the lifestyle.
Here is my rant.
Did we become so far remove and that we allow mainstream media to dictate what women of color should look like? Causing a bias and enslaved mindset within our culture......? Now here I am in limbo a women of color with luxurious kinky curly 4C hair with no real outlet that represents me.
This is the very reason I decided to write this article not to shame my fellow naturalistas.
Only to enlighten or start a conversation amongst our community around inclusiveness. If you promote or praise one naturalista then don’t forget about the others as well.
I don’t need social media’s approval on my beautiful coils however, there are many young women out there looking for someone that looks like them. They now get to see women who have the same texture or skin celebrated. That shift could help boost their confidence. Creating a community of women who could inspire other young lady’s to trail blaze and stand proud rocking her mane.
Is 4C hair the forgotten curl texture? Not to me. As a lighter hue 4C curlfriend, I know that there’s a group of women that also represents the 4C texture, and we come in all shades and shapes.
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