It’s Upsetting Me & My 4C Curlzzz
If you’re a 4C girl like me, I see you, sis. I see you and I hear you. Trust me, you don’t have to say a word. I have a virtual hug automated with these blog posts because we’re about to talk about it once and for all. At my big age, I have only recently found what works for me and my hair type.
I’ll list a couple of my 4C nightmare experiences and you can feel free to let me know in the comments if you can relate…
At my big age, I have only recently found what works for me and my hair type.
- You’ve revisited hair pomades such as Lady Hilda or Blue Magic to see if that likkle bit of mineral oil was all that bad?
- You’ve watched countless Youtube videos of beautiful, big-haired naturals and studied them only to find your hair in shambles the next day because it did not slap quite like hers?
- You built an apprehension and trust issues towards natural hair influencers who get sponsored to advertise for certain brands?
- You’ve been in and out of TJ Maxx and Marshall’s for what you thought were natural hair care products but have since found out that they are packed with alcohol and other harsh chemicals.
- You’ve picked up a product with the trending ingredients like aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, and so forth, hoping that it’d be sufficient enough to use in your hair?
- You achieved a fire curl-definition but your hair is snowing down in flakes?
Sis, I see you and I hear you.
It takes years and years, trial and error, protective styles, relaxers, big chops (repeat) to still not find the hair care that we need to truly flourish. It’s absurd! It’s upsetting me and my 4C curlzzz. We deserve much better than that. We deserve to have beauty and hair care brands to invest in their customers in the same way that we invest in their products, empty promises, disappointments, and bad hair days.
It takes years and years, trial and error, protective styles, relaxers, big chops (repeat) to still not find the hair care that we need to truly flourish.
Natural hair deserves to be studied and researched extensively, down to the science. There are so many chemicals that are active ingredients within majority of these products that should not be used on our hair, let alone skin. Not only do we have to understand our hair as it relates to porosity, but we also have to invest in patch tests as well to see how these products respond to our skin. News is, hair care and skin care are not worlds apart, they are one in the same. If your hair care products happen to be breaking out your face, you definitely want to discontinue using it in your hair. There is so much to learn that we cannot even confide in some of our favorite natural influencers to teach us, sometimes this means investing in the research ourselves or reading blog posts like this from a real 4C girl, who is tired and has had enough.
Natural hair deserves to be studied and researched extensively, down to the science.
Enough is enough.
It has been very empowering for me personally to find a hair care regime that works for me. It feels like that veil has finally been opened and I can come up for air. *Sings a resounded yes* And I am so happy to share the research that I have found as well as the testing that I’ve done with different ingredients and the results that they yield because of love for self and love for community, we truly deserve that. I hope we can all enjoy and bask moving forward. I see a world where black people are thriving and getting ALL of their needs met, that includes beauty, hair, and skin.
It has been very empowering for me personally to find a hair care regime that works for me.
A couple of quick tips that I will leave you with:
- Read the ingredients. Order matters. Ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. However, ingredients that make up less than 1% can be listed in any order.
- Avoid hair care products that include cetyl alcohol, it an alcohol-based emulsifier (the bonding of water to oil ingredients). Alcohol harms your skin’s protective surface, depletes vital substances needed for healthy skin and hair, and especially makes oily and dry/sensitive skin worse and can cause psioriasis, among other skin conditions.
- Anything that is not good for your skin, is not good for your hair.
- Read more about cetyl alcohol here.
- Avoid hair care products that contain propylene glycol. At toxic levels, it has been found to cause seizures and severe neurological symptoms. There have also been cases of nausea, vertigo and strange sensations.
- Perform a patch test for products that you are unsure of using on your hair.
- Just because it says it is natural, plant-based, organic, does not mean that it is.
- Read the ingredients.
- Coconut oil is not for everyone – some great alternatives are avocado oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, and jojoba oil.
- Buy natural hair care products from well-read and invested black businesses such as Nu Growth, invested in yielding the desired results by using all-natural, organic, handmade hair care products for us, by us.