black girl hair ideas

What’s funny about Jena Frumes cosigning that misogynoiristic comment was that it was over people saying she can’t wear box braids because, I guess, they assumed she was a white girl when she’s biracial. Her response to that was, “White girls can wear braids, and black girls can straighten their hair.” Now, I had no idea her mom was the white one. I thought she was black because there was a picture of her a long time ago, and she very well looked like a very light-skinned black woman with curly hair to me. So I mean, obviously straight hair isn’t ethnically reserved to white women if your mom doesn’t even have it. I assume Jena gets her hair texture from her mom in fact. She said something last year about “Fuck racism, have mixed babies!” and she was so in her feelings over people calling that out, she blocked everyone including fans. It’s usually these same gang of IG models who don’t seem to get their light-skinned, racially ambiguous, and European-adjacent beauty privilege. I’ve talked to a couple of them about these issues before, and they seemed to have understood, but I guess not. 

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I am not a natural hair expert nor into tutorials but I do want to give advice to black girls with 4B/4C hair. The idea that Afro-textured hair, especially 4C hair, doesn’t grow fast is a myth. If anything, the thicker your hair is, the more apt to growing it is. If black boys can cut their hair off and within a week or two, they get to chia pet length, your hair can grow fast. It depends on what you do to it. Some of us may have hair that grows very slow, but it’s not impossible or unlikely for type 4 hair to grow rather rapidly. If you don’t do much to it, your hair will actually grow faster versus when you manipulate it. Which is why black men and boys tend to grow their hair out faster because they don’t do as much to their hair as black girls and women tend to do. It’s not all the time, but it’s more often than you think.

 The thing is, many of us worry too much about length, not growth. We don’t have straight or very loose wavy/curly hair. Therefore, our hair grows upwards and outwards, not downwards. So when your hair does grow, you may not notice anything because it’s not going straight down your back. It’s going to the crown of your hair, which is why our crowns tend to be thicker than the rest of our hair. Many of us look forward to hair down our backs, which is why some of us may go, “Oh! My hair isn’t growing! Why isn’t it growing?” I was the same way until I noticed a significant difference between last summer to this fall. My hair was shorter than it is now. 

 This was only a year ago; and with a before and after picture, I realized my hair has grown a lot in that time span. It didn’t actually look like something until I started taking better care of it and moisturizing it. So I don’t believe 4C hair naturally grows slower than other hair types. If anything, I think it often grows faster because a lot of times, we don’t do a lot to it. Now if you just don’t do anything to do it, it’s not going to grow nor be healthy. A lot of us wear protective hairstyles, so that also quickens the pace of hair growth. It is recommended to do a protective style every two weeks. It doesn’t have to be 10 hours worth of box braids, but something durable and a style you’re comfortable with.

 Again, I am not a natural hair expert, but this is just from my experiences and I would like to share because I used to be disenchanted by my hair until I stopped caring about a curl pattern and actually did more to my hair than just hoping it looked like somebody else’s. And remember all my black femmes, nappy/undefined hair is just as feminine as long, straight or loose hair.

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