What Baby Hair? 15 Photos That Show Appreciation for 4C, Not-Laid Edges

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Gabrielle Douglas of the United States poses for photographs with her gold medal after the medal ceremony for the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Gabrielle Douglas – August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The Summer Olympics may be over, but the negative comments about Gabby Douglas’ edges still linger. (Just last week, we shared a video in which Cardi B, of Love & Hip Hop, defended the gymnast’s hair.)

It is normal for 4C hair to “bead up” in the presence of sweat or moisture.  There is nothing ugly or wrong about one’s naturally textured hairline. This post is for those who need a reminder that their edges ARE in fact perfectly fine!

That good hair. – @chari_luv

chari_luv

https://www.instagram.com/chari_luv

naturally_high_hair

https://www.instagram.com/naturally_high_hair

ashleybansahh

https://www.instagram.com/ashleybansahh

Don’t you just love how our edges curl up!? I just let my hair be, don’t know why I ever struggled with “laying em down!” – @cravingyellow

b_radw_

https://www.instagram.com/b_radw_

igbocurls

https://www.instagram.com/igbocurls

zurimagazine

https://www.instagram.com/teamnatural_

Let’s talk edges! … I have a genetically indented hairline. No amount of Castor Oil can make it change. I’ve learned to accept it and no, I don’t sleek down my baby hairs. .. It just depends on your genes! (I get mine from my mama!) – @cravingyellow

cravingyellow

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craving yellow 2

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Because #blackgirlmagic #blackgirlsrock #blackwomen #afro #naturals #bighairdontcare – @iamabongwe

lovelayefa

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https://www.instagram.com/b_radw_

https://www.instagram.com/b_radw_

iamabongwe

https://www.instagram.com/iamabongwe

What’s not to love about our edges?

https://www.instagram.com/im_amisum/

https://www.instagram.com/im_amisum/

titi_funto

https://www.instagram.com/titi_funto

https://www.instagram.com/igbocurls

https://www.instagram.com/igbocurls

https://www.instagram.com/ellpuggy

https://www.instagram.com/ellpuggy

Chinwe

Chinwe

Empowering women of color to break barriers. Cherish.Thy.Melanin. https://cherishthymelanin.com/ https://www.facebook.com/cherishthymelanin/

30 thoughts on “What Baby Hair? 15 Photos That Show Appreciation for 4C, Not-Laid Edges

  1. To each her own, but sometimes I think laid edges can look contrived–just another case of wanting our hair to be something it’s not. Every one of those pictures is beautiful, glorious natural texture!

  2. I have never understood the obsession that women have with ‘laying their edges’. From the comments here, it is obviously a big thing in the States and many parts of the caribbean.

  3. I dont have 4c hair but this is beautiful. Kinky edges are beautiful and dont have to be “laid to the gods”. I just wished you showcased black women with short 4c hair as well. All of these women have long hair and I know that kinky hair black women with long hair get a pass just because their hair is long.

  4. My mom has an obsession with laid edges. She has 4a hair like me except her hair is finer and wavier than mines. Every time I put my hair in a bun she tells me I need to brush it some more and lay down my edges. Although I like laid edges , my edges are beautiful even when its frizzy and curly.

  5. Thank you! I have always been a black girl comfortable with her natural edges. I don’t use gel or edge wax. I’m comfortable with the tight curls God put there!

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