" One of the biggest misconceptions about women who wear their natural hair is that everyone needs to know their hair type in order to grow or care for their natural hair. The truth is it’s not as important as many think. Of course, there is a difference between type 2, 3, or 4 hair, but the difference between individual curl patterns is small and doesn't necessarily dictate how you should take care of your hair. My hair care regimen is pretty simple and effective in growing my natural hair. I ensure I cleanse at least one a week and in a deep condition. I occasionally hydrate with water and moisture if needed in between. I always wear a silk scarf or bonnet before bed and ensure that my hairstyles are not too tight or cause stress to my hair or scarf. I also avoid excess heat as much as possible.
Historically, type 4 hair hasn’t been represented at all. Look at how type 4 women are portrayed on TV. It’s usually straighten and classified as “not good hair”. The representation of type 4 hair is very important, I believe representation has a significant impact on how black women wear their natural hair. Since the natural hair revolution hair brands have made an effort to diversify their campaigns by ensuring it features at least more Black women, I also unlearn generational practices and learn about hair care because of representation. The representation is getting better thanks to some public figures. The only advice I would give to someone considering a big chop is to do it. Some people have an unhealthy attachment to their hair ,your hair also carries energy so if you feel like it’s time to let it go then do just that, it will grow back. I did a big chop and I am happy I did it. My hair loves peppermint oil, argan oil and Rosemary."
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