Close up happy young african american woman with curly hair smiling outside

As important as the natural hair movement has been in past and current black history, there are a few issues within the movement too. First and foremost, people with 4C hair —the kinkiest and coiliest texture of hair—were supposed to be the face of the natural hair movement, and that has not been happening.

4C hair is often underrepresented in the natural hair movement because so much of the content seen within the movement focuses on looser-textured hair. Coily hair is still not standardized and when it is lauded, it is normally lengthy, leaving no representation for young ladies with short hair or hair that encounters a lot of shrinkage. In “Dear Dark Skinned Girl,” Naima Autumn Rose examines her encounters as somebody who by and by feels underrepresented in the movement. She says: