By Angela Pender
In Beyoncé’s famous song “Sorry” from her visual album Lemonade, she says an interesting closing remark that has everyone asking, “Who is Becky with the good hair?” But what does having good hair really mean? According to theracecardproject.com, “‘good’ hair refers to hair that is not kinky, or not what is generally described as more coarse.
It is hair that is closer to the texture of people in parts of the world further away from sub-Saharan Africa, like Europe or the Middle East,” but what is wrong with kinks and curls?
Having kinks and curls does not mean you have “bad” hair it is just a form of texture that is common in many women.
Not everyone has the same texture of hair. As stated in junesjournal.com, there are four types of hair textures: straight hair, wavy hair, curly hair, and coily/kinky hair.
Straight hair is thinner and flat and has no curl pattern. Wavy hair is coarse and doesn’t usually have a lot of body.
Curly hair has a unique texture and has a lot of body. Finally, coily/kinky hair is very tightly curled and wiry.
All these types of hair textures does not mean that one is better than the other, it just means that there are different patterns of hair that each person has.
Having kinky, curly, or poofy hair is nothing to be ashamed of; it is what makes you different and special and is the reason why braiding hairstyles last longer and do not unravel because of its texture. But having long straight hair is just as good as having kinky curly hair.
Straight hair is easier to detangle and is smooth down and flat to your head which makes it easier for updo hairstyles.
The different types of hair textures allow women to experiment with their hair. There are so many styles that can be done, you just have to find the perfect ones that fits for you.
Coarse and thickened hair does not deem that is ‘nappy’, it means that the hair is healthy and can withstand heat once it is applied to the hair.
So when Beyoncé says, “I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros” be proud because it is okay to embrace big hair, because all hair is good hair.
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