11 Pictures That Show the Diversity of the 4C Hair Texture

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?

Black Girl With Long Hair

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop culture and black beauty enthusiast.

15 thoughts on “11 Pictures That Show the Diversity of the 4C Hair Texture

  1. 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.

  2. 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 .

  3. 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!

  4. 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

    • 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.

  5. 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 I was trying to do two-strand twists, and the top won’t twist. It untwists, it fights… it rebells. The rest is still the way it has been since she was born.

    WHAT do I do????????? I can’t call my mom and ask. She’s whiter than I am! And I come from a long line of STRAIGHT hair.

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