type-3-hair

I’m all here for the natural hair movement, but I feel like the natural hair movement has taken a step back. The women who are seen as the bigger advocates for the movement are either mixed or Hispanic. There’s nothing wrong with them being apart of the movement, but they should not be the spokeswomen for the movement when it was more intended for women with type 4 hair than type 3. The natural hair movement was more intended for women with type 4 hair so that they no longer had to grow up or go through life any longer being ashamed for being born with their type of hair being seen as “bad hair” or “nappy” (such an ugly word 🙄) or “ugly”. The women with type 3 hair should not be advocates for the movement for the reason being that they are always the ones labeled as “hair goals” which with women with type 4 hair cannot reach such goals because they are two completely different types of hair, and are pushed more to the side because many don’t see type 4 as “hair goals”. I love my natural hair but sometimes I shouldn’t feel ashamed for being born with my type 4 because society and men aren’t accepting more of it than a woman with type 3 😔.

Type 3: Curly

It has a much tighter curl pattern. It is categorized in C3a, C3b and C3c. All three subcategories form a definite “S”. The only difference is in the size of the curl.

- 3A hair type has a looser curl pattern – spiral curls. 
- 3B hair has a tighter curl pattern - ringlets. 
- 3C hair has a very tight curly look - corkscrews. 
- Wavy hair has a lot of body.
- Can be styled in different styles.
- Does not have lots of sheen. 
- Prone to damage.
- Easily frizzes in the humid climate.

Never understood why many 4c girls are subscribed to YouTube gurus with the complete opposite hair type as them. Nothing wrong with subscribing for actually trying to learn something. But there’s nothing more eye rolling than reading comments such as “I wish I had your hair 😍” “I’m only here because my hair can’t do that 😍” The increase in 4c YouTubers has sky rocketed. Watch their videos. Admire your OWN head. I doubt most of the type 3 haired girls are subscribed to Nappyfu lol. Please.

In preparation for our wonderful amazing natural hair masterpost I took a crack at making a hair chart (for types 3 & 4), keep in mind that this chart is in no way an end all be all to hair typing (which in imo is overrated, its not so much about hair type its more about how you care for your hair but we’ll discuss that later). You can very well have any combination of these curl patterns on your head (and you’ll notice that they overlap and look quite similar) and they are all beautiful (I cannot stress this enough), hopefully ya’ll find this helpful!

-Alisha

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So this is Carmen’s hairdo from today.  Her little bangs in the front were laying down in the morning, but within a couple of hours it was sticking straight up.  Still cute, but not the desired result.  The same thing happens with braid outs, which is the 2nd picture.

Anyone have tips on how to style her hair so that it hangs down for the whole day?

One of my pet peeves is when I go on YouTube and see people with 4c hair making videos like “I HATE MY 4C HAIR” or  “4C HAIR IS AWFUL! I REGRET GOING NATURAL” And like, yeah I understand that some people don’t like their hair/can’t handle it, etc…etc…And I should not police what videos people make because people can do what they want. But honestly, I think that is very damaging to young girls who want to go natural, but now decide not to because they’re afraid of having 4c hair. They’ve heard all these stories of these women getting the big chop and finding out they have 4c hair and hating it.

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