by Monjola Adeboye
For as long as we can remember, there’s been a stereotype attached to African natural hair, as being “dirty” or “difficult to manage” Several salons in Lagos flat out refuse to work on natural hair and will rather have you relax your hair before the agree to treat it. We understand where the stereotype comes from, but that doesn’t mean we have to like it. We’re tired of the narrative that is constantly insisting and attempting to brainwash us into believing that natural hair is ugly, and this post is here to convince you otherwise.
Black natural hair doesn’t come in just one form, there are hair types from 3A which is lightly curled, to 4C which is known more commonly as kinky. 4c hair is tightly curled, and it is the hair type most Nigerians have.
The best way to get the most out of your 4c hair is to make sure to moisturize it everyday. Mos t Nigerians relax their hair because they say natural hair is too difficult to maintain, but the truth is there is nothing difficult about natural hair as long as you remember to moisturize it as often as possible. A wonderful, cheap, and easy to get moisturizer is WATER. Water is one of the best things that has ever happened to natural hair. It makes it soft as possible and easy to style.
A good and easy way to style your hair and carry it for a while is to wash it, moisturize it with a good leave in conditioner, and then twist it to avoid shrinkage. Once twisted, sleep with it (make sure to sleep with a silk cap).
Loosen it in a day or so and you have a gorgeous new hairstyle.
You can also plait while soft from moisturizing to give it a creamy and smooth look and texture
For the sisters who just don’t want to deal with shrinkage, we know all about that. Shrinkage is something you learn to live with. You could always flat iron your hair of course, but no one wants to do that repeatedly (too much heat isn’t good for any hair texture).
Jut learn to embrace your shrinkage and soon you won’t even notice it.
All in all, African hair can be extremely beautiful, so don’t allow yourself to be shamed if you decide you want to grow your hair. Or if yu already are, then thumbs up to you. Keep that crown of hair well moisturized and go out and flourish.