Beauty - Hair Care - Fashion : there isn't one type of hair

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  1. pinkfighter

    pinkfighter Member MEMBER

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    I'm 100% black. Both my parents are black. Yet, my features seem to say otherwise. My hair is naturally wavy/curly and very soft to the touch, even softer than some white people. Since my hair doesn't fallow the norm of hair type that black women should have, people find it hard to believe I'm black. Everyone thinks i'm Indian. Why can't people realize african people have all types of hairs. And, yes, some types are more common than the rest but all types exist nevertheless. Not all my family members have the same type of hair, a lot of them have the conventional "nappy/course" hair which they despise so they always make a point to straighten their hair. I rebelled against my mother and continue to leave my hair natural and i love it. it's funny when people find out i'm black then ask me if my hair is real.
     
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    tay_tay225 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I never thought we did, but why not?

    White people have different types of hair. =\
     
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    so true we do have different kinds of hair
     
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    I didn't know there was a black hair norm.

    I don't have "conventional" hair either - whatever that's supposed to mean - but no one has ever mistaken me for anything but black African.

    Some think I have extensions and I've been asked what kind of hair I use coz they think it's something you can buy from the beauty supply store - but it's just the stuff that grows out of my scalp in good ole fashioned locs.
     
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    :10500: Different grades of hair.

    I noticed that a long time ago.

     
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    "Grades" of hair is a slavish way of putting it. We say it without realizing what's being said.

    Anyway, people also try to act obtuse when it comes to knowing what "typical" black hair looks like, feels like, acts like. It is now labeled as Type 4 (A, B or C) hair. It's the hair that frizzes, zig zags, needs moisture, holds styles well (locks, braids). You can read more about it here: http://www.naturallycurly.com/hair-types.

    My husband and I have type 4 hair. Our older daughter does as well. However, our younger child has hair unlike any of us. It's certainly in the type 3 category (looser, softer curls, less apt to hold styles for long), and we were pretty surprised at it, only to begin thinking about other, older family members and realizing that our grandparents on both sides had wavy,curly hair.

    Most black folks know that our hair textures come in all varieties. The element of surprise usually enters when the hair is so long or voluminous that it's authenticity is questioned. That's sad and shows how dependent our people have become on weaves and "styling" our hair rather than caring for it.
     
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    LMAO :SuN049: slavish way? hmmm ooookay TYPE , GRADE whatever....You know what I mean

     
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    Below is a video by a Sister name, KaShEeRaLaTaSh's. In her video she explains how to determine your hair type. I'm gonna add her channel address as well if you'd like to check out other idea's she may have for natural haircare.

    Her youtube channel is:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/KaShEeRaLaTaSh

    Below is the hair type video:




    I hope this help you determine the best products for your hair type!

    Thank you Kasheralatash's!

    :heart:
     
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    You have a point I encounter the same thing. I'm very light and people question my ethnicity at times. My mom's hair is very soft manageable n straight. My dad had straight more managable hair. My hair is very coarse dry n thick. But I do take care of it when im not lazy lol
     
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    Proverbs31Woman Be kinder than necessary! MEMBER

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    So true. I can't tell you how many times I'm asked if I have a curl or a weave when my hair is natural. It really bugs me because my own people will ask me these questions, so we have been programmed to believe "black hair" is only one way and if it isn't, it's been manipulated. I'm curious, does anyone know of a natural hair show?
     
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