There's No Such Thing as "Good Hair"WE'RE RE-WRITING THE NARRATIVE
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
Can't hold styles
Straight Hair PROS:
Easy to comb
Wavy Hair CONS: Type 2A, 2B, 2C
2 different textures
Way Hair PROS:
Built in Style
Easy to comb
Easier to moisturize
Curly Hair CONS: Type 3A, 3B, 3C
Curly Hair PROS:
Can hold hairstyles
Kinky/Coily Hair CONS: Type 4A, 4B, 4C
Kinky/Coily Hair PROS:
Defies gravity (voluminous)
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!