“Mixed Women Have Completely Hijacked The Natural Hair Movement!” Woman Accuses Natural Hair Movement of Texture Discrimination

This social media post has been floating around the internet for the last week, and I think it’s worth discussion.  A woman who goes by the name Tiffany Buttafly posted the following message on social media last week, and it’s got folks pretty divided:

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As an influencer with tight type 4 curls, I know for a fact that girls who look like me have far less opportunity for growth in the online natural hair game. There are probably 4-5 girls with 4b-4c hair who routinely collaborate with major brands, meanwhile, there are hundreds of girls with looser curls who routinely have access to those opportunities.

While I still continue to do my reviews and tutorials (Watch this one HERE), I know what time it is when it comes to the online natural hair world, and I don’t expect that it will ever be the market where I am embraced.

 

Just take a look at the engagement on the pictures of ladies with tighter curls on this popular natural hair page:

This:

@chelliscurls

Versus:

@journeytowaistlength

This

@jenniferbarimah

Versus this:

@naturalgyal21

This:

@markele.dejanae

Versus:

@jahnimarie

This:

@dayelasoul

Versus:

@1lexishair

 

I would argue that the original poster’s argument is flawed in that the issue isn’t so much about the racial identify of the women in the community, but more so about the texture of their hair. I also don’t think it’s the fault of  bi-racial women. I wouldn’t say they’ve high-jacked the movement, but I would say that the beauty industry favors light skin and looser/shiny curls. They also seem to like dark skin women with super long and thick hair. And this isn’t exactly news. I still see women with hair like me going natural and loving it, so I don’t know that biracial women are somehow preventing other naturals from loving themselves. Is texture discrimination frustrating at times? Sure, but I think there is room for all textures. Folks who look like me just have to push harder to break down the barriers and shift the thinking of the masses. We’re here and we’re not going anywhere!

What say you? Sound off below!

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9 Comments
  1. Hi,
    I have 4c hair and I also have a biracial daughter, who’s hair is just as thick and just as right of curls. She struggles with her hair and being natural as much as us girls with 4c hair. The reason I went natural is to teach her that her hair is beautiful. My son embraces his blonde type 4 hair. Who’s to say these girls are biracial. I know some girls with hair like both of those women in the pic and they have black parents. This world is so judgemental and hateful. We need to love each other no matter the skintone and hair type. The fact that this natural movement is being shown everywhere is great. Little girls in commercial or on kids tv shows are natural. More brown women on tv are natural. I love it!

  2. Hijacked is too strong a word; aren’t we all women of color? Hijacked is when a white woman is wearing cornrows and folks act like she is the next IT girl. I have been natural for three years and I have thick, short, kinky hair, with caramel toned skin. So what? I can’t hate on my sisters with “good” hair. At the end of the day, we can rock a style like no other.

  3. Hijacked? Nah. Hijacked is when a white woman wears cornrows and folks act like she is the new IT girl.
    There has always been drama between sisters with “good” hair and sisters like me with short, thick, kinky hair. I say, LET IT GO. No matter the loose or tightness of the curl, a sister can ROCK and style her tresses with class and uniqueness that no one can match.

  4. It will be a happy day indeed when we stop dividing and allowing ourselves to be conquered. Black women come in a million different hues and hair textures. AND it is ALL beautiful. Focus on you and your individual beauty, inside and out. That should keep you occupied and not eyeballing what you think other folks are getting that you are not. #CollassalWasteOfTime #ISupportAllMySistahs

  5. Mental illness. That poster is the example many have of angry natural hair blacks women. They are mad at relaxed hair, mad at texturized hair, mad at white women or non black women wearing cornrows etc., and now…they are tripping on the mixed girls. For her information, in a world straight hair or hair than can be finger blown straight are THE THING…those mixed chicks hair is made to make them feel nappy. They are embarrassed. Theur hair was a mop, brillo, etc. HOW DARE THAT MENTALLY ILL WOMAN even begin to sound like a damn slave. On the pics, perhaps people don’t like the styles or the color. Bottomline…leave people alone and JUST LOVE YOUR DAMN SELF. Simple.

  6. This absolutely caught me off guard. The girl on the right is Zimbabwean (African) and English, I’ve been following her for a minute now. Truth be told, we are all mixed chicks, no one is exclusively black, brown or white especially if you’re black in America. We love saying that if you’re mixed with black then you’re black until it comes to something like this. I’m just completely disappointed in our young people and the way they think about our culture. Thank you for this post. It’s refreshing.

  7. Being a mixed woman and working with all types of hair, in my experience not everyone’s happy with what they are born with. Going natural isnt a color or a race “thing” its a woman thing, an acceptance thing, and a love for self thing.
    We (mixed girls) arent hijacking anything. We are Just embracing our own hair and the beauty in it like every other woman.
    Our curls may be main stream pretty
    but in this industry alot of women want whats greener on the otherside.
    I wish i had tighter curls and coils. The next lady may wish she had my curls.
    In the end, i can do what i want with it! Briads! Weave! Locs! My hair is as beautiful as i see it 😊💎💁

  8. Colorism, texture discrimination, and coveting whiteness are all horrendous, hurtful, and impact women far more than men. This means that a dark skinned, 4c sporting woman is the most minimized and criticized example of blackness, even though she is the mother of all humanity.

    That said, phenotypes are not synonymous with genotypes. People need to stop equating “mixed” with a standardized look. I have friends with two black parents, from Africa, with looser curls than mine. There are light skinned women with 4c hair, and darker skinned women with 3b hair. The genes that determine hair texture are not the same set of genes that determine skin tone.

    There is an increasing understandable rage at the erasure of dark skinned women, but it seems to sometimes be channeled in supremely illogical ways. Tying a valid grievance about hair texture discrimination to skin tone weakens the message because it is not a reflection of reality.

    Also, mulatto is a slur and needs to die.

    Mahagony Curls hair vlogger has two black parents, Esperanza Spalding jazz musician does not. Google them to get the idea. One has dark skin and 3c curls, the other is mixed with 4b hair.

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