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/
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And it is majes­tic.

All hail 4C hair!

Ladies, what are your thoughts?

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­liste, 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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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 »

Girl my best advice put it all in same length if it isn’t already and for a while just do tiny ban­tu Knots with thread or with tiny elas­tics it’s pret­ty on lit­tle guys and require low manip­u­la­tion the hair will grow back if u give it some tLC


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.


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


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


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!


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 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


Love this. Such beau­ti­ful hair we have.



Natural Power of Her Blog

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

Amma Mama

Beau­ti­ful <3


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!


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.