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


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"


Created By
Shondell Babb