By Abii A. of www.bidsingraceland.com

I’ve been natural now for nearly 16 months — I big chopped in January 2010. This is my second and final time going natural. My hair is of 4b/c texture and I love it, absolutely love it! I didn’t always, but the further I get into my journey, the love just grows daily. When I style my hair, people ask me “How did you get your hair like that?” and “I didn’t know you would be able to do that with your type of hair”. Sometimes it hurts when people close to me make offensive remarks about my hair but I have to remember that in a way, in my own little social circle, I’m a bit of a revolutionary. No one, and I mean no one, wears their hair natural! And if you do, it’s because you’re mixed race and even then, a weave or a relaxer is preferable. I am just talking about my own little petite social circle, not the world so hold off on any snarky comments ;p

The point of my message is that people need to start taking responsibility for their hair. I’ve realised that a lot of black women just don’t know how to do their own hair, relaxed, natural, texturized whatever, no-one knows. Aside from the people who say they would go natural but for the “bad or “difficult” texture they would have, you also have those who say that they would go natural but they don’t know a stylist that can do their hair. Or worse, people who have gone back to relaxers because either salon maintenance got too expensive (natural tax and all) or they were convinced by the hairdresser to get a relaxer or texturizer or something.

How hard is it to do your own hair? I’ve even seen posts on this site where people have written to say that 4c texture is the most difficult. I’m not going to lie and say when I first went natural, it was a walk in the park, because it wasn’t. The first time I went natural, I wanted my hair to look like Kelis’ and when it didn’t, I succumbed the relaxer a year later in defeat. But I had false expectations of my hair. Now I’m loving the journey of learning new things about my hair. I have realized that my hair is never going to look like Kelis’ without some form of roller or twists or (God forbid!) a curly perm! lol But I’m learning what it can do naturally and with a bit of manipulation. I have to put in the time to learn my hair and time is something that is quite precious to me as I work very long hours at my job. However, I put in the time anyway.

I wish people would stop moaning about their textures or the lack of stylists or whatever and just take the time to learn their hair and take responsibility for their own hair. Once we start doing that, the love will begin to develop and I honestly think we will be happier people. God didn’t make a mistake when he made me with my hair texture. That’s not to say that people who have relaxers or texturizers are rejecting God – no way! I’m just saying that I’ve wanted to be natural for a very long time and I’m not going to let society’s or my own ignorance in respect of my hair texture stop me from achieving my natural goal. I’ve had long healthy relaxed hair and I loved it. Now I’m looking forward to living the rest of my life with long healthy natural hair. (I like long hair, sue me! haha!)

This is something that has been on my mind for a very long time and I just wanted to share it.

Thanks for the honesty, Abii! What are your thoughts ladies? If you have 4c hair, are you guilty of complaining at length (virtually or otherwise) about how difficult it is to manage? And do you think the online natural hair community encourages “kinky hair complainin’ “? (yeh, I just made that up…)

Abii is the author of Bids in Graceland

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156 Comments on "No Whining, No Moaning! Taking Responsibility for 4C Natural Hair"

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vonnie
i get annoyed with detangling sometimes, but otherwise i don’t complain much about my hair. it’s great showing folks that black girls can have healthy long hair 😀 and with EVERY texture, at that. I have 4a hair and it’s down my back now, this blogger has 4c hair and it’s WAY down her back: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfN8m38mvUI I do think that sooo many more black women need to learn how to care for their hair, relaxed or natural. either learn how to care for it or stop whining and accept whatever it does, but have to pick a side lol. can’t… Read more »
Tikvah

The woman in the youtube video you posted has beautiful hair, but her profile says that she has 4a/4b (predominantly 4b) hair, not 4c hair. Although, I have 4c hair and I think that properly maintained 4c hair can be very long when stretched.

Lena

4B & 4C are pretty much the same. 4C doesn’t really exist.

Tikvah

OK the reply thread is displaying a bit confusingly…so, just to clarify, I am responding to “Vonnie.”

Rhea
I also love watching kimmaytube on youtube. I know that the most frustration that I have ever had with my hair is when I was trying to make my hair do something it wouldn’t. I wanted to make my hair bone-straight like some of the girls who processed the crap out of their hair at my college. But now that I am using protective styles and keeping my hair moisturized, I love my hair more than ever. I agree that the ignorance that black women have of their hair makes them slaves to the “creamy crack”. I can’t wait until… Read more »
luvmylocs

thanks for posting. i hadn’t checked out her youtube in awhile. her hair is long!

boho.barbie

I have 4b/c hair and I agree detangling is a pain. Also I could do without the shrinkage but I love my hair and nobody can tell me I don’t have good hair!

Chimmy

yes shrinkage is a pain, but it’s a Godsend for my head of hair. It helps me fake fullness lol. It’s both nice and annoying at the same time 🙂

Alisha

Oh my goodness, I got so excited watching that YouTube video! Her hair looks amazing!

vonnie

super inspirational right!! i loved that video.

*ps i thought when we put youtube links it shows the video in the comments? let me try diff link

http://youtu.be/HfN8m38mvUI

sarah

you have to put in httpv instead of the regular http

Khy

Thanks for posting her video! I know have a natural hair idol….someone with the same texture as mine. FINALLY!!!!!

Alisha

I might have to bookmark that, Girl! It’s my inspiration now!

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