01-20-2014, 09:56 AM
Join Date: Oct 2013
I agree and disagree. I agree advertising- wise the product companies have established a certain look that the average natural should be. The companies seem to be slyly saying that real naturals are loose-curled women who are bi-racial and if you do not fall in this category then no worries here's a product to help you look like their ideal of beauty. It is only recently that the higher 4 category started getting any air time in the media.
Mahoganycurls has recently created a website where she's in the process of getting women from 3s and 4s including 4c to give hair tips. That's a step in the right direction. I personally am a fan of Glamfun on youtube. She's 4c and I find her hair gorgeous. I hope to one day have hair that looks as healthy as her's. I really don't care about hair type but I do agree that 4b/c/z are under represented on youtube and in the media. However, I don't really get why someone with 4c hair would get upset about that. If more people with 4b/c/z hair would get to making videos and putting them on youtube then they wouldn't be an under-representation. If you see a problem that you are capable of fixing then FIX IT! It's Youtube! You can upload videos too! There are many 4b/c/z women out there that would be really eager to watch your videos. Why are you sitting there complaining when you can do something about it?
Now I'm going to rant a little: I disagree with being upset that the main faces representing the major brands have looser curls. Companies have been doing this kind of thing for years. They come up with products that can magically 'change' your hair type. THEY can make you more curly, less curly, have very wavy hair or straight hair or straight hair that's not so straight. I think it's our fault that years later this is still the case. If the natural hair community, in particular black naturals, had not responsed positively to the big loose curls image then companies would have replaced that image long ago. They never stick to things that don't sell.
To those black naturals who have finally realised what is going on: what is the point in getting upset with bi-racially women? You do realise these products are also misrepresenting them? Bi-racial does not automatically equal loose curls. Just like being full black doesn't automatically equal kinky textured nor does full white necessarily mean having big loose shiny curls or straight hair. All of these are just sales gimmicks. If you know that your hair lacks curl definition or that your curls are tiny then how could you expect a non-chemical product to magically transform your hair into big loose curls? I mean seriously? Why do you even want that? Don't you think your hair is beautiful? At some point you admit your delusion...and then comes the resentment. Why? Because you bought into the hype and went natural thinking that you could change your hair type? It's confusing because I thought the main reason a lot of people went natural was to learn to love and work with what God gave them. It is our fault for buying into marketing and actually changing our perceptions to match the sales pitch. Don't blame the companies for trying to make money, blame yourself.
My definition of Naturals are women or men who choose not to apply any chemicals to their hair in order to change their hair type. Period. End of story. Race does not come into play. How much or how little genetic contribution from whatever race that person happen to be mixed with does not come into play. Hair type does not come into play. One type of hair is not more natural than another type of hair. And to the natural snobs out there: stop rejecting other naturals based on their hair type, skin shade or what kind of racial mixture they happen to be. There are bi-racials with kinky hair: what about them? Does that mean there's something wrong with them because they don't fit the marketing ploy of what they should look like? Are you part of the marketing department of these companies or something? I even read on youtube comments saying they don't consider anyone with any kind of curl definition a true 4 type. Apparently they not black enough. Yes my people it really is that serious. I find the whole thing sad. What about the blacks with straight or wavy hair? There's a friend of mine who falls into this category and is having a hard time accepting it. She keeps looking for products to make her hair curlier or even kinky. She doesn't feel like a true black person and you can see it depresses her. She's the only person in her family with wavy hair and neither of her parents, grand parents or great grand parents are bi-racial. She checked. What are we doing to ourselves people? Isn't being natural accepting who we are from head to toe? Why are we listening to the media and various companies about what we should look like and then getting angry that it was all a lie?
At the end of the day it's a natural hair movement. That means it's a work in process. So when 4b/c//z/whatevertheheckyouare go on youtube and find that your hair is under represented or you buy products and realise that they're not working for your hair type when you were told they would then do something about it. If you're a chemist and you have a passion for hair and a head for business then make some damn products! Promote a different image than what's going around right now. Show others with your hair type that it really is ok to revel in it. I know it's harder than it sounds but for goodness sake complaining, resentment and self hatred is not the answer.
Curl type: 3C/4A
Strand thickness: Fine/Medium
Porosity: low to medium to high (depends on where on my head)
Leave in product: Paul Mitchell The Conditioner
Co-wash : Mizani True Textures Cleansing Cream
Conditioner: still trying stuff. Atm: DnL Au Naturale Knot-out Conditioner
DC: Anything at hand. Suggestions?
PT: Hair Mayonaise
Sealant: Olive oil only or Raw Shea Butter mixture
Gel: Curls Unleashed Set it off Curls Boosting Jelly