4C Naturals are Mad at How Their Hair is Being Represented In This Video

I’m proud of my type 4 hair. While it took some getting used to when I first cut it off 2 years ago, I’m now very happy with it’s shape, curl pattern, and low-lustre goodness.

I’ve created many cut and easy styles on my hair, and I am NOT an expert or hair stylist.

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Despite all of the information on how to style and care for Type 4 hair, Refinery 29 opted to employ this lovely model to showcase how she styles her 4C hair:

The model is gorgeous and has beautiful, thick and voluminous hair. Folks in the comment section, however,  thought this tutorial was a poor representation of a hair type that is frequently stigmatized.

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I don’t feel as strongly as the ladies in the comment section and here’s why: I think there is respectability politics at play. I don’t mind that her hair is a big kinky fro. It’s untamed, it’s wild, it’s free.  What do we have to prove and to whom? I get the strong suspicion that still, we feel it incumbent upon us to show them that our hair is respectable and glorious. The natural hair movement has done wonders to show that already, and while it’s a work in progress, I’d like us to move away from feeling THIS strongly about hair. I get it, I promise, but sometimes it’s tew much. So her twist out was a fail, but she made it work. We’ve all been there.

This is a model. Not a hair blogger, not a stylist, and while it certainly isn’t the most fabulous twist out ( you should really let your hair dry and set before taking down the twist) it wasn’t that offensive. She’s got an afro, and it’s cute. Did we learn anything? LOL…no…if they wanted to teach us a style, this isn’t it. But was it offensive? The jury is out on that for me!

What say you? Offensive or nah? Sound off below!

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Well Hello! My name is Lisa and you've stumbled upon my own little corner of the world. I'm a lipstick-loving, high heel junkie, mom, and wife. When I'm not here bringing you the latest in beauty, fashion, hot topics, and bits and pieces of my life with my family, you can find me over on youtube swatching lipsticks and sharing my latest natural hairstyles. Make sure you also follow me on Instagram and Snapchat under my brand name Lisa A La Mode. I'm a real person. I promise.

4 Comments
  1. I didn’t find it offensive as a 4c hair type person myself because of representation. I represent myself and no one does it better. Her method of twisitng and use of product and what made the video suck to me. Her hair was great but her technique needs some work.

  2. Not offensive, but grossly inaccurate. Who directed this? Was she in charge of coming up with a concept? WHERES HER BONNET OR SCARF? I have questions. Lol

  3. I think the girl is really cute but I don’t know who taught her to twist. This kinda reminds me of the Beyoncé thing Buzzfeed did that was equally not the best. I honestly believe that the folks at Refinery 29 don’t know any better.

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