Welcome back to my blog 🙋🙋. This post might be all over the place, but I promise you’ll get the gist of the matter. I was on YouTube watching a video the other day by Discovering Natural and she said she has a natural hair group on Facebook. I was skeptical on joining the group but I finally dusted my Facebook account and joined the group. The group has been very educative and nice. So one faithful day, I saw this post and it got me triggered.
This lady feels her hair is a terrible texture and I can certainly relate. Comparing her hair to what the media portrays as beautiful natural hair is very different. Beautiful natural hair is long hair with loose curls like 4a curls. And to be honest, real 4c hair is only appreciated when it’s long.
Nobody likes 4c hair when it’s still in the twa and short phase and I said what I said. I hardly wore my hair out when I newly big chopped because I wasn’t comfortable with the length. I’ve always had longish hair so the change was so drastic. After the excitement of finally transitioning my hair and cutting of the relaxed ends, reality finally dawned on me and taking care of natural hair is so much harder than taking care of relaxed hair. I feel that natural hair influencers always sugar coat the fact that natural hair is hard to take care of for beginners. Emphasis on the ‘beginners’. It sure gets easier with time.
The few times when I was comfortable enough to wear my hair out, I used to feel people giving me the weird looks and I swear it still happens up till now. I used to be bothered then, but recently, I’ll wear my hair out and if you feel some kind of way about my hair then please turn your eyes elsewhere. I no longer refuse to be uncomfortable wearing my hair out because that’s how it grows out from my scalp.
People still see 4c natural hair as unkept and it’s so funny because when my hair gets longer, I plan on wearing my hair out in afros whenever I have the strength to taunt all those people very well. I may regret it later, but the satisfaction that I’ve given them what to talk about would make me okay as I’m taking out the tangles in my hair after wearing my hair out. I don’t know why how we choose to wear my hair affects other people.
4c hair is beautiful and you have to keep telling yourself that if you feel otherwise you’ll just feel trapped with your own hair. There’s nothing you can do about your hair texture unless you want to relax your hair. I make it my duty to compliment every girl I see with short natural hair and it surely goes a long way.
On the topic of shrinkage, I’m that natural hair girl that doesn’t mind shrinkage because I’ve learnt that my hair strands love each other and always coil up together and shrinks up even when my hair is dry. My twist out, braid out, blow out or whatever never lasts in the stretched state. My hairstyles are never fully stretched which is annoying because I want to show off my length.
I posted a picture of my hair on my WhatsApp status and someone told me that he thinks my hair is overhyped. Bruhh, you don’t know the amount of strength that goes into taking care of this hair so your opinion doesn’t even matter.
I’m through with my rant at this point. I want to end by reminding you that short 4c hair is beautiful.