What Is Black Hair? The Natural Hair Movement

By D’Andra Montaque | Thursday, March 3 2015.

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For many years, there has been controversy in the black community that has led individuals outside of that community to believe that black/people of African descent have only one hair type. That hair type has been called many names for centuries: kinky, coily, bushy, wooly, nappy, but mostly: difficult. Many people have associated black hair with hair that is mainly the most complicated to manage. The majority of the descriptions of black hair have also been associated with something negative.  But what the black community hasn’t tried to do is help others realize that is there is no such thing as black hair.

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Yes, that’s right! Black people all have different hair types, and none of them are negative. I know this may blow right over your head because no one has been promoting the truth about this topic. For many years, the assumption has been made that black people who have “nice hair” are not 100 per cent black or they have done some sort of chemical styling to alter their hair type to make it less “nappy”. For those who may not know the different hair types, here are some examples below. When black girls go natural with specific hair types, some times they need guidance to direct them to find a product that works best for their hair and usually follow these guidelines: 

Type 2 Wavy Hair

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Type 2 Wavy hair is a very common hir type. It has a slight “S” curl to its pattern. It tends to have a low porosity and is known to also carry a slight frizz. It can be resistant to styling varying on the difficulty of the style and its resistance to hold. Some celebrities known for having this hair type are: Vanessa Hudgens, Chari XCX, Adrienne Bailon, and Salma Hayek.

Have this hair type? Try these products:

MopTop Gentle Shampoo

DevaCurl One Conditioner

Jessicurl Aloeba Daily Conditioner

Type 3 Curly Hair  

 

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Type 3 Curly hair can vary from being a light curly to very curly pattern. It follows a sloppy “S” pattern that causes shrinkage. Shrinkage hides the true length of your hair. It may appear to be only 10 inches when it is truly 14 inches. This hair type is more prone to becoming frizzy and it may loose its styling faster than others. Some celebrities known for having this hair type are: Lorde, Jasmine Sanders, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelis, and Taylor Swift.

Have this hair type? Try these products:

Ouidad Curl Immersion Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner

ApHogee Curlific! Moisture Rich Leave-In

CURLS Curl Gel-Les’c

 

Type 4 Coily Hair

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Type 4 Coily hair is known for its tight curly pattern that tends to look like a “Z”. It is less noticeable, because the tightness of the curl tends to have a wiry look to it. This is the hair type that most people call “black hair”. Type 4 hair has the highest density and high shrinkage. It shrinks up to 75 per cent! Some celebrities known for having this hair type are: Yaya Dacosta, Solange Knowles, Lupita Nyong’o, Viola Davis and Erykah Badu.

Have this hair type? Try these products:

MyHoneyChild Coconut Hair Milk

Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner

OBIA Naturals Curl Moisture Cream

 

Ever since the natural hair movement received a huge amount of buzz, people have been given the opportunity to actually learn more about their hair and care for it according to what their hair type needs. In the media, the hair products that are promoted mostly fit the description for only one type of hair which tends to be the hair type most common among caucasians. When real hair education begins, stereotypes are being broken and are continuing to set up a path  where people can learn more about the natural hair movement each day. We must continue to educate one another on these topics and learn that hair is universal, not subjective.

meD’Andra Montaque is a first-year PR student and part-time diva at night. She hopes to release and EP one day and use her PR skills to promote her art.

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