The first thing that I remember learning about my 4c hair growing up in Germany as a black child to African immigrants is feeling different.
And to be more specific, feeling like my hair was ugly.
It wasn’t as soft or silky as that of my peers and it definitely wasn’t as long as theirs.
And I mean what else does a little girl wish for more than long hair?
Unfortunately, the education about my hair at home wasn’t much better. My mom came from a culture and era in which wearing your natural 4c hair out meant looking “crazy”.
So she toiled away every 6-8 weeks to braid the hair of her 4 daughters.
And whenever it wasn’t braided, it had to be relaxed in order to look “clean”.
Needless to say, I continued that thinking late into my teens. The only difference was rocking fewer braids, and more weaves.
Of course, long beautiful straight non-natural-looking hair.
I loved that hair, what I didn’t love was my hair.
I moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2017!
They say knowledge is power and that’s the first time I really understood that saying.
Because suddenly I was in a place where the majority of black women were rocking their natural hair. Beautiful 4b and 4c curls, ponytails, slick backs, and high puffs.
I was shocked and inspired.
But even more so, I was determined.
Determined to figure out how they had done it so that I could do it too.
That summer also became the last time I ever relaxed my hair.
At the time I didn’t know it, but I started transitioning.
During the next 2 years, I learned more about hair care and started using black hair care products instead of generic grocery store products.
I started wearing wigs instead of weaves which meant manipulating my hair.
And I slowly started trying out my first few 4c hairstyles. I was hooked, but my hair wasn’t doing what I needed it to do.
Turns out after years and years of manipulating it, it was too tired and too broken.
So in March 2020, I made the decision to chop it all off.
I went straight-up bald and LOVED IT.
For 2 weeks straight I kept telling everybody how I felt free. Because I did. There was something very freeing and empowering about being bald.
But that is a story for another day. Because that’s only when my natural hair journey started.
And it is the moment 4chairstyles.com was born.
This website is like my own personal log book as well as a style book for all things natural 4c hair hairstyles.
With the goal to inspire you and me to find joy in our natural hair texture and hence feel more inclined to take better care of it.
And if you are wondering where to start, then these posts might help:
- 10 Easy Short 4c Hairstyles
- Protective Hairstyles For 4c Hair
- How to grow 4c hair faster and longer
- How to Moisturize Your 4c Hair Daily
- The Best Gels For 4c Hair – Perfect For a Sleek Look
- Best shampoos for 4c hair
These are some of my favorite posts and I know provide a great starting point, whether you are looking for 4c hairstyles, 4c hair guides, or 4c hair products.
I hope this website provides you with all the tips and tools you need to truly fall in love with your natural hair.
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