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







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







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



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







What’s not to love about our edges?











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


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

  1. There’s always something to hate on/criticise when it comes to black women. Just getting ridiculous now … Edges!!! Smh

  2. I love this! Our hair doesn’t want to be slicked down or controlled. Let it do what it does naturally. Isn’t that one of the points of being natural. Our hair isn’t unruly and shouldn’t be treated like it. I hate seeing women brushing down their hair and discussing which gel is the best for ‘laying’ their edges. Leave your edges alone!

  3. THANK YOU for this. I know what it’s like to lose edges and then grow them back. And when I do get beady-bees (usually in the back left corner of my nape and only when my hair’s a certain length) I usually brush or comb them out. But I’ll be DAMNED if I’m going to put on a tablespoon of gel and break out the baby toothbrush in order to have 1b edges on a 4b puff. It’s just not. that. serious.

  4. Love this post. I have natural hair and the last thing I want to do is “lay” my edges, I refuse to.

    And I wish more hair stylist (braiders etc) would take this into account and create styles that are not torturous on ones edges.

  5. I’m one of those people that think “beedybees” are cute. I love the way the hair curls into such tight little balls. We are truly mentally flucked to have a problem with our natural curl pattern. That’s all that is–little balls of curls. Really sad we don’t love it.

      • Yeah, celebrate all edges lol I’m not slicking mine down, they pretty much do that on their own smh. I don’t usually comment on this site and they don’t have the hair icons anymore which I really enjoyed, celebrating ALL textures so it’s become a bit much for much, a little too divisive for me.

  6. this is great! it’s taking it to the next level of acceptance of our natural hair. wish it wasn’t such a long, slow, drawn out journey, but anyway, baby steps.

  7. YAAASSS! I’ve never embraced laid edges. Personally, I like my hairline the way it is and never felt the need to manipulate it with gel and a brush. Respect the fuzzy halo!

  8. Excellent! I get tired of “laying down” the edges! We are the only race obessed with it. Turn down.(edges) for WHAT?!

  9. My texture refuses to “lay down” for any length of time no matter how many products I use, Mother Nature is just not having it :)!

  10. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this. No amount of eco-styler, edge wax or whatever else will keep my baby hairs down, and seeing this article actually makes me happy that I’m not the only one with an untameable hairline and that it’s actually okay!

  11. i generally hate the feeling and texture of gel on my head/hair. it irritates me. i have never liked that laid down edges look. just brush it.

  12. Jesus Effing Christ. This is such a face-palm moment. Nothing against these gorgeous ladies…their hair is to die for. But of all the things Gabby is doing and accomplishing (and sweating/working her @ss off for), do you really think she gives a care about some freaking edges??? Of all the things to nitpick, the black community wants to focus on – and remain focused on – EDGES???? How the h3ll does this even blip on the importance radar????

  13. Oh and these ladies actually have beautiful edge lines because they aren’t concerned about such destructive practices as “laying” them.

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