Dear Newly Natural Me,
So you’ve heard that 4C hair is the tightest, most difficult hair type for a natural to manage. Surprise! That’s what you’ve got. Also–surprise!–most people have a mix of textures, including you.
4C Natural Hair Grows
Now, I know you went natural to love whateve rgrew out of your scalp, but some of what you heard about 4C has got you shook. Words like nappy, undefined, difficult, rough, slow-growing. Are you gonna be stuck wearing afros all the time and “looking like the boys”?
First of all, you’re going to miss your cute full shrinkage afro when your hair gets too long to pull it off. Secondly, as the future you, I’m plased to report your hair does in fact grow! At a reasonable rate even! So stick with your best practices (moisture, protection, hygiene) because, I’m really enjoying this hang time. You can slay the length retention game as well as any other hair type. Consistency is the key.
4C Natural Hair is Stylish
As for styling options, I see you looking askance at some 4C results versus 3s and As. Stop that. No, it won’t look identically shiny and bouncy. But it will look good. Twist outs, braid outs, pineapples, puffs, and protective styles. You can do them all–stretched, straightened, curly, and back to kinky again. 4C hair is as versatile as any other.
You may need to take an extra step or a little extra time to achieve your styling goals, but that’s okay. All you need is patience, care, and an appreciation for what you are blessed with.
4C Natural Hair is Beautiful
No, seriously, that’s the main thing. That magical product you think you need is no substitute for your getting to understand and work with your natural tresses. The more you master your mane, the more you enjoy the journey. Detangling sessions will not take half a day. Knots and tangles can be minimized and prevented. Your 4C hair will be beautiful.
All The Best,
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