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Mike’s favorite pastime is to lie lazily with his head in Will’s lap when the summer sun is bright in their eyes and seeping warm through the fabric of their clothes, fashioning mottled shadows on their freckled-pink skin through the shade of the trees that hang overhead. Will runs his fingers through Mike’s curly hair, snagging on tangles and knots that Mike couldn’t bother combing out in the shower that morning.

“Ouch! Watch it, Byers!”

Mike flinches as Will’s fingers rake through his hair and continue to catch in the coily spirals that spring with a life of their own from his scalp. Will laughs softly and leans down to press a kiss against Mike’s forehead in silent apology for his actions.

“I’m going to get it cut next week,” Mike says after a moment, opening one eye to squint up at Will in the brightness of the mid-afternoon sun.

He laughs when Will’s face pulls into a frown, brows furrowing together and lips pulling down into the cutest pout that Mike has to lift his head up to kiss even through his teasing laughter.

“Not funny,” Will mumbles out as Mike’s laughter continues. But he stays right where he is, continues passing his pale, careful fingers through the dark mess of Mike’s hair with gentle intention and soft fondness.

Mike just smiles, knowing full well that he’s not going to get that haircut he’s been threatening to get since summer’s sweet beginning  - all cloudless, blue skies and humid air making his curls all the more noticeable. There’s no way he’s going to cut off his hair any time soon; not when he can spend his afternoons like this - Will’s hands softly braiding bluebells into his messy hair, pressing sweet, warm kisses to the reddened, sunburnt skin of Mike’s face and whispering shy compliments that linger warmly in Mike’s ears, echo gently through the cavern of his chest.

galexyvalkyrie  asked:

What's type four hair?

It’s the thickest hair type, and is unique to people with black/African blood in them. it’s a very common hair type for black women.

Type four hair is broken down into three sections

4a, 4b, 4c, with 4a being the loosest of the thickest and 4c being the thickest of the thickest.

Type 4a hair:

Type 4b hair:

Type 4c hair (my hair type)

Someone with type 4 hair may have all type 4 hair textures in their hair (4 a-c), but it’s more common for someone to have both 4b and 4c hair since those are similar.

Type 4a is loose yet thick at the same time but has a definite curl pattern. It’s very curly.

Type 4b hair is kinky and not nearly as loose. Like type 4c hair it can stand like an afro but more than often it has a kinky curly pattern.

Type 4c hair is the thickest and unlike the others does not have a curl pattern. It is very kinky coily and literally defies gravity. It almost always stands up in an afro state, and even if it is long, it still stands up unless it is stretched. 4c hair has the most shrinkage, meaning that you can have back length hair, but if it is wet is shrinks up like a sponge to a smaller, afro like state.

It is what people refer to as nappy hair and what not.

Type 4 hair (especially 4c) is the most discriminated and made fun of in both the natural hair community and outside of the community which is why so many black women fear going natural because they don’t wanna have type 4 hair.

But honestly, type 4 hair is amazing and it’s sad society has made us think it’s awful. I have 4 hair and I love it.

@lupitanyongo: As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too. Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like. Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hair style and texture. #dtmh

Hey so fandom y’know how Allura’s hair is really not straight at all?

Because it’s not. Allura does not have straight hair. It is pretty clearly either curly or coily. When gathered together it makes these big obvious puffs, as shown by her makeover look in s2e7. The shorter strands near her face have a very obvious and dramatic curl to them.

Here is a really good look at how super poofy and curly her hair is when it’s not pinned. It’s like a cloud.

So y’know what’s a pretty sketchy thing?

Straightening Allura’s hair in fanart. Which I see a lot of.

Allura’s hair is not straight. It’s not even remotely straight. She has the curliest hair out of literally everyone we’ve seen. It makes puffs. Spoken as someone who has a head of straight hair, you cannot look me dead in the eye and tell me hair like mine is physically capable of doing that without excessive chemical alteration that the mice clearly didn’t have time for- they just used hair ties.

Drawing Allura with straight hair is inaccurate to canon.

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I’m literally sobbing.

So my friends convinced me to wear my Princess Tiana cosplay to Walmart. Considering I wasn’t at a con, I was surprised with all of the happy kids and parents begging to take pictures. In light of this, I ended up driving to Toys-R-Us just for fun. 

I’ll never forget this little black girl who asked to take a picture with me. As she walked away with her mom, she exclaimed how happy she was to see a princess that looked like her in real life. 

THIS IS WHY REPRESENTATION IS IMPORTANT. I can remember all of the times I wondered why none of my favorite Disney characters, or video game characters, or even anime characters had the same dark skin as me. Or the same wide nose as me. Or the same thick lips as me. Or the same coily hair as me. 

When Princess Tiana was introduced, I nearly cried. I waited until I was a young adult to have a Disney Princess who had my features and was seen as beautiful. And seeing children so happy –showing them that their dark skin, wide nose, thick lips, and coily hair are beautiful– moves me to tears.  

Microaggressions in Fiction

When authors write about experiences that are not their own, particularly when these experiences involve a marginalized community, they may feel apprehensive, afraid, or anxious about the backlash they might receive if they do something wrong, which there is a 99.9% chance that they will. Here, I will outline some microaggressions that I notice when reading, each relating to anti-blackness and misogyny (as well as misogynoir, which is a combination of the two), as those are microaggressions that I face myself. If anybody has anymore to add, or would like to add some not related to anti-blackness or misogyny, feel free!

1. Comparing our skin to food. (coffee, toffee, caramel, chocolate, etc.)

2. Getting AAVE wrong. My degree is in linguistics, and although I am by no means an expert, I do speak a variant of that particular dialect, and can discern when it is being used improperly. Perceptions of Black English speech patterns are very racialized and politicized, and it annoys me when someone (probably white lbr) throws words that they’ve heard Black people say into a sentence without considering if this would be generated by the grammar of that dialect. If you have questions regarding a particular dialect, speak to someone who speaks it. Say your dialogue out loud to them and ask if that sounds grammatical.

3. The “Black Girl Best Friend” trope. We are not born sidekicks. We are not all sassy walking stereotypes. Some of us do embody stereotypes about Black women, and that’s perfectly fine! But do not stuff your Black girl character with stereotypes and call them character traits. Additionally, do not write your Black Girl Best Friend characters so that she is only there to uphold your white protagonist and step in when they need her. (Think Bonnie from The Vampire Diaries)

4. Hypermasculine, hypersexual Black men characters. Just don’t do it. This stereotype is harmful and contributes to a wider fear and distrust of Black men and black bodies.

5. The Magical Negro. We are not here to provide your protagonist with sage wisdom or solemn advice 

6. Colorism/”Palatable Blackness,” LISTEN. If your Black characters all look like Zendaya or Jesse Williams and have curly or wavy, rather than kinky hair? You might wanna consider the colorism ingrained in that choice, fam.

7. Not knowing how kinky hair behaves. This is related, kind of, to the above. Watch some natural hair videos or summn before deciding what hairstyle you want your black character to have, because kinky and coily hair behaves VERY differently from straight and wavy hair, and that should be considered when writing scenes.

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I’ve been wanting to do it for a while! I hope it’s clear!

Idk, tutorials have always helped me a lot to learn how to draw stuff, and probably there are already hundreds of this, but this is  is kinda directly directed (?) to the ham fandom! In the examples I reference the show’s actors, in particular the ones with coily/kinky hair, that are the ones people seem to struggle the most with. I hope I got them right, sometimes hairtypes can be ambiguous, but the idea is there.

Also the website I linked gives a pretty solid description of the hair types, I’d check that!