Recently I did a poll on my Instagram stories asking “do you feel you see a fair representation of 4C hair on social media?”. Here were the results.
This interested me a lot, it being split right down the middle. I got someone who asked what was type 4 hair, and I found that funny because nowadays no one believes in hair typing. Everyone just wants healthy hair which is the ultimate goals, but I think hair typing is helpful. It should be helpful and not divisive. But that’s another story for another day. Anyway Alicia from cubiclesandcurls.com messaged me and noted “Its so easy to find what you want to see on here though. Like if you aren’t seeing what you want to see, its your fault for not following the right accounts.” and that resonated with me SO much because its true!
You can also apply this to negativity and messiness on your social media. Do you feel negative every time you go on social media? What are you following that Is giving you that vibe? Unfollow it. Cleanse your timeline! I encourage you to make this difference in your social media experience today, right now
The gist of this statement kept showing on my social media , basically you control most of what you ingest digitally. So yes, I’m calling YOU OUT. It’s partially your fault. If you are not seeing women with type 4A-C hair and their pages documenting their natural hair journey that is your fault because they/we are out there. I once asked again on Instagram if it was wrong of me to now follow girls with super curly hair (type 3), and I got a strong no which I was happy about! All hair is beautiful but I’m not going to follow much of what I can’t relate to!
They may not be always featured on the big natural hair pages but there are so many great women with beautiful HEALTHY curls and creative styles that have type 4 hair. Of course compared to mainstream media it will never be enough but instead of complaining take the time to look and support these ladies! The change you want to see starts with you.