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There's No Such Thing as "Good Hair" WE'RE RE-WRITING THE NARRATIVE

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By Orinthia Babb

There's no such thing as "good hair". All hair types are diversely beautiful and come with PROS and CONS. I explain the PROS/CONS below. The idea that straight hair is superior over textured hair is a false social construct created by European colonialism. The global Natural Hair Movement is re-writing this narrative.

Straight | Wavy | Curly | Kinky | Coily

There's Only Naturally Gorgeous Hair

4 GORGEOUS HAIR TYPES: PROS & CONS

Straight Hair CONS: Type 1A, 1B, 1C

  • No volume
  • Looks greasy
  • Can't hold styles

Straight Hair PROS:

  • Easy to comb
  • Moisturized
  • Doesn't tangle

Wavy Hair CONS: Type 2A, 2B, 2C

  • Frizz
  • 2 different textures
  • Lacks Body

Way Hair PROS:

  • Built in Style
  • Easy to comb
  • Easier to moisturize

Curly Hair CONS: Type 3A, 3B, 3C

  • Tangles
  • Dryness
  • Frizz

Curly Hair PROS:

  • Voluminous
  • Built-in style
  • Can hold hairstyles

Kinky/Coily Hair CONS: Type 4A, 4B, 4C

  • Dryness
  • Tangles
  • "Shrinkage"

Kinky/Coily Hair PROS:

  • Defies gravity (voluminous)
  • Built-in style
  • Holds braids, twists, loc styles, etc.

Straight Hair Truths

  • People with straight, Type 1 Hair discuss their hair woes in silo's. While at the same time society props up straight hair to be the "ultimate" hair type
  • The issues that come with having straight hair aren't widely discussed in society.
  • FACTS: Many women with straight hair often get hair extensions or clip-ins installed to make their hair look thicker and fuller to achieve more volume
  • FACTS: People with straight hair often use curling rods or curling irons to add some wavy texture to their hair
  • FACTS: many people with straight hair actually use flat irons to smooth out their hair
  • FACTS: straight, limp, greasy hair that mattes together¬†after 2 or more days is not attractive if it's not washed.
  • FACTS: Hair perming with chemicals to add curls to straight hair was very popular years ago, in the 80s and 90s

Smashing Damaging False Narratives

  • A lot of negative societal views on afro-textured, super curly, and kinky/coily hair are based in anti-Black racism, but Black is beautiful
  • Many people believe the false narrative and persistent messaging in the beauty industry and society that straight hair is the best hair type, or superior
  • Afro-Global or Black people have consistently been told, shown, and believe that the closer a hair type is to straighter texture, or loose curls, it's considered: "good hair"
  • Afro-Global/Black people have consistently been fed the lie that Afro-textured, kinky/coily hair is perceived as "bad hair" or "nappy" hair

Textured Hair is Trending

  • The global Natural Hair Movement is flipping the current narratives about textured hair not being beautiful
  • Textured hair has been embraced and on a huge upward trend for the last 5 years
  • Many females and males are choosing to learn to manage their natural textured hair
  • Hair extensions, wigs, weaves, pony tails, and clip ins in super curly, Afro-texured, kinky, coily hair and various loc styles are in high demand
  • Multiple new and existing brands are introducing or re-vamping their product lines to serve the textured hair market
  • There are many global natural hair events celebrating curly, kinky and aftro-textured hair like the Taliah Waajid World Natural Hair Show, CURLFEST, The Natural Hair Congress, The Naturally Gorgeous Curls Event and others!

There's no such thing as "good hair"

@naturallygorgeouscurls

Created By
Shondell Babb
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