When we dis­cuss 4C hair it’s often cast as prob­lem­at­ic, “It can’t do this. It needs to be made ‘pre­sentable’. It can’t just ‘be’.” We assume that all 4C hair is thick, or coarse, or only grows out to a cer­tain length. And it’s iron­ic because 4C nat­u­ral hair may be the most com­mon tex­ture among black wom­en. We want­ed to ded­i­cate a post to show­cas­ing the beau­ty and diver­si­ty of this hair tex­ture, which we are loose­ly defin­ing as the tight­est curl pat­tern.

When we think of ‘ide­al’ 4C nat­u­ral hair we often think of this… a thick mass of round, halo hair.

When you have absolute­ly NO idea what you’re about to do to your hair…

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And although that it is absolute­ly beau­ti­ful, 4C hair doesn’t always form a per­fect cir­cle.

Afro angel

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It comes in all kinds of shapes.

Hap­py Tues­day! Feel­ing good on this beau­ti­ful, sun­ny day :-)

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And it has its own curl pat­tern.

It can hold big­ger curls.

And it doesn’t have to be long to look good.

If Lenny Krav­itz and Lau­ryn Hill had pro­cre­ate.… www.swankxtar.com

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It can be sleek

And it’s not always thick.

It locs beau­ti­ful­ly.

Courtney http://blackgirllonghair.com/2014/06/courtney-4c-natural-hair-style-icon/
Court­ney http://blackgirllonghair.com/2014/06/courtney-4c-natural-hair-style-icon/

And it is majes­tic.

All hail 4C hair!

Ladies, what are your thoughts?

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Leila, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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17 Comments on "11 Pictures That Show the Diversity of the 4C Hair Texture"

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IMO 4C hair is the best hair tex­ture. I love it. The rea­son I went nat­u­ral was because I knew a girl with beau­ti­ful 4C hair and I thought I would have hair just like hers. Turns out I’m most­ly 4A (even though I don’t remem­ber hav­ing such curly hair grow­ing up — I was nat­u­ral until I was 14, but I most­ly kept it hid­den in braids), and I still love my hair, but I wish I was more 4C.
It’s a shame some peo­ple *cough*Glamfun*cough* don’t ful­ly under­stand the beau­ty of 4C.


Per­haps, Glam­fun doesn’t appre­ci­ate her because in our soci­ety 4C hair isn’t viewed as beau­ti­ful. It isn’t even viewed as beau­ti­ful in the Black com­mu­ni­ty.

Elle P.

Hon­est­ly I didn’t appre­ci­ate my thick type 4 hair. In all my years of being nat­u­ral I hve have been try­ing to ‘man­age’ my hair. Hair typ­ing can be con­fus­ing! When­ev­er I wash my hair, I found my hair have the appear­ance of type 4b with loose type 3c like curls in the back (I secret­ly want­ed it to be type 4a). Look­ing t the­se beau­ti­ful ladies with their beau­ti­ful type 4c hair, give me some encour­age­ment! Thank you for that!

Amma Mama

Beau­ti­ful <3


Natural Power of Her Blog

This is beau­ti­ful! Your shed­ding a light on how beau­ti­ful 4c hair is I love it




Love this. Such beau­ti­ful hair we have.


I have a ques­tion- it’s stu­pid but is it pos­si­ble to have 4D or 5A hair???


Hon­est­ly I think that “the hair types rules” are too sim­ple for black hair… and I have the same ques­tion lmao.


Yeah because espe­cial­ly some of the dubbed “4c tex­tures”- are way too “diverse” to fit in one cat­e­go­ry


4c hair is very gor­geous and I have broth­ers , fam­i­ly mem­bers , and friends with 4c hair and I love it . It’s very diverse and you can a diver­si­ty of unique styles with 4c hair . I always admirred Eryka Badu who had gor­geous big 4c afro hair and Lau­ryn Hill with her dread­locks. This is com­ing from a 3c/4a girl .


I have 4c hair, I know they are so com­pli­cate, amazing,difficult to tame, I’ve hat­ed it but at the same time I loved it! They are the ones it has more vol­ume, mass of hair, in fact, nobody can see the begin­ning and the end of this type of hair! I want to dis­pel the myth that some peo­ple say the 4c can’t be long, in my life I have had sev­er­al times the long hair! The 4c can be tamed if they are enough long, and if you have so much love and patience with this hair!


I am in love with the kinks and coils. Just beau­ti­ful!


I think 4c is gor­geous and this is com­ing from a 3c/4a girl.


i love my 4C hair but i just cant get it to grow longer! ive tried GHE, and i always mois­tur­ize. its still been the same length for 3 years now! :( help please

Brandie Medina

If it’s still the same length that means that you aren’t retain­ing your hair. Your reten­tion prob­lems may be from the way that you han­dle your hair dai­ly to your wash rou­tine. Once you start retain­ing your hair then you’ll see length.

Okay… I’m a paste-white mama to a beau­ti­ful lit­tle girl whose hair I thought I had fig­ured out. All of a sud­den, the top of her hair, most­ly on the left side, has changed from tight­ly coiled afro to coarse, open, wavy curls. This would be fine if her hair was still longer… unfor­tu­nate­ly, recent­ly, I was clip­ping an elas­tic band out of her hair and almost scalped her. I acci­den­tal­ly cut a chunk about 1″ square right in the front of her beau­ti­ful lil head. So now all of her hair is about 2″ long. Tonight in her bath… Read more »