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“Girl My Hair Ain’t Like Yours, You Got That Good Hair”

O_o … that face doesn’t really fully and truly express how i feel every.single.time. i hear somebody say the whole “good hair/bad hair” thing. For years my father would ask me what the hell good hair was. You know what’s the worst part? I would actually have an explaination for him. So now that i know better, i don’t use those terms anymore because its actually really insulting and we wonder why young african american girls with courser textures feel inferior to their fellow looser textured peers.


Has your hair ever robbed anybody? Has it ever framed you for a crime? Do you keep getting into random trouble that you have no knowledge off because your hair strands sneak out at night?

I really don’t care if anyone thinks that’s lame but you get the point! I have seen naturals from the loosest texture to the tights coils style their hair and take care off it like you wouldn’t believe.

For example: Mwzedi http://public.fotki.com/mwedzi/

Or Sera


( I can’t embed Sera’s pictures)

Anyway the point is you really don’t get any more tightly coiled than these women and THESE WOMEN have some of the most beautiful and healthiest heads of hair that if  have ever seen.

So all you bald halded, broken off ends, no edge having hens can miss me with that “Good hair / Bad hair” talk because its being said out of ignorance. I can understand if you don’t know any better but if you do and your still saying it… kill yoself.

Yes, this sounds harsh i know but this is coming from the fact that just about everyday i have struggle with my sister( who has gorgeous natural hair by the way) about how she feels about her hair. She’s only 8 and she buys into that “Good Hair/Bad Hair” crap. She’s always asking to wear it straight because she thinks its ugly. I am trying to get her to love her hair no matter what.

So to hear GROWN WOMEN saying it…… irks my nerves to no end

When will this “Good Hair/Bad Hair’ crap end?



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Gabrielle Allen aka StrawberriCurls, the natural hair blogger from New Orleans is a native in New Orleans, La and currently a cosmetology student and natural hair stylists. Gabrielle’s 4 year natural anniversary was in May 2013 and she hasn’t looked back since! She started a blog called Strawberricurls.com for natural hair care and tips and she now shares all that she has learned about caring for hair via her YouTube channel and her natural hair blog. 3 years after starting her blog, she made the decision to go to cosmetology school to pursue her passion of educating women about their hair. She has been featured on Essence.com for 2 consecutive years as one of the top Natural Hair Bloggers, hosted events for various natural hair brands such as African Pride and worked with brands Sofn'Free, Nothin'But Hair Care and a list of others. She has also hosted her on natural hair educational meetups in New Orleans.

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    • http://www.blackgirlsdon'tcry.blogspot.com CurlyInTheA

      Great post! At least your sister will have you as a good example. I struggle with the very same thing with my youngest daughter who’s 10. Child’s been asking for a perm for a few years now, and I know she has hair issues even though I’ve been natural all her life except for a a brief texturizer about 5 years ago. She has very thick, fine hair that gives braidouts like nobody’s business. She’s also tender-headed. Trying to get her to embrace her hair is a struggle, but I won’t stop trying.

    • http://moniquesuniquehairstyle.webs.com Momo

      Call me ignorant but I think genetics do have a say in hair length. I have just started to grow my hair by using techniques I’ve read online, and my hair has grown to shoulder length with in a year. I relaxed it. But I’m continuing to try to grow it longer. I try to be realistic and believing I could get my hair as long as this woman’s to me would be unrealistic. Maybe when people say someone has good hair they mean beautiful or healthy. I’ve been told my hair is good. Be I’ve never been offend. I guess it’s a complement. But I think my hair needs more TLC. Income cause me to not full care for my hair the way I’d like to but I do the best I can.

    • http://twitter.com/ShrenAKO/status/154687469076488192/ ShrenAKO (@ShrenAKO)

      NICE! RT @StrawberriCurls: “Girl My Hair Ain’t Like Yours. http://t.co/xNKoZlxF #naturalhair http://t.co/NzxyZkij http://t.co/w68dRXro

    • http://twitter.com/AmeenaRasheed/status/154698721920159744/ Ameena Rasheed (@AmeenaRasheed)

      “So all you bald headed, broken off ends, no edge having hens can miss me with that ‘good hair/bad hair’ talk…” – http://t.co/3HKjl93x

    • http://twitter.com/Nik_SewSheek/status/154699493886005248/ Nicola Baya (@Nik_SewSheek)

      Wow! RT @StrawberriCurls: SHRINKAGE IS A MONSTER! http://t.co/YVJzEHf3 #naturalhair http://t.co/4F9IVrGh http://t.co/4TBhOPcS

    • http://twitter.com/NaturallyDanie/status/154700970150989824/ NaturallyDanie (@NaturallyDanie) (@NaturallyDanie)

      “@StrawberriCurls: SHRINKAGE IS A MONSTER! http://t.co/2yxz3AY3 #naturalhair http://t.co/eFO4WFZz http://t.co/jPdwzbVF” <—WOW!!

    • http://twitter.com/Latashaofficial/status/154702424983085058/ ♬ LA ♬ (@Latashaofficial)

      Wow! RT @Nik_SewSheek: @StrawberriCurls: SHRINKAGE IS A MONSTER http://t.co/yTUEXrDr #naturalhair http://t.co/hlYqbd9B http://t.co/JkOKWaE6

    • http://twitter.com/childucation/status/154702803548385280/ Krischa Esquivel (@childucation) (@childucation)

      #naturalhair until your hair robs a bank, its good hair! http://t.co/rjirs0Gd

    • http://twitter.com/KinkyWhenWet/status/154720602798833664/ Charity (@KinkyWhenWet)

      @WhitSpeaks step away from the crack lol “@StrawberriCurls: “Girl My Hair Ain’t Like Yours, You Got That Good Hair” http://t.co/YOXoa9wa

    • http://twitter.com/SimplyNuNu/status/154735612539322368/ Myra Nuna (@SimplyNuNu)

      Wow «@StrawberriCurls SHRINKAGE IS A MONSTER!! MWEZDI’S HAIR http://t.co/XMVBKGXm #naturalhair http://t.co/DGp1R7dv http://t.co/nzimfUex»

    • Dawn

      “So all you bald halded, broken off ends, no edge having hens can miss me with that “Good hair / Bad hair” talk because its being said out of ignorance.”

      YOU are ignorant for saying that…you are not acknowledging the fact that you once were as ignorant as the women you now bash. AND I wish women would stop putting so much value on something dead (that is HAIR). I watched a touching video of a natural who recently passed due to cancer and in her last days wore wiggy wigs. I guess someone like you would call her “bald headed” or a “no edge hen.” This is ridiculous. Grow up. Edges or no edges, long hair or short YOU CAN STILL BE BEAUTIFUL!

    • Meya

      I use the term “good hair”. I don’t mean any harm by it.I love my hair, but it is very hard to comb. I have very tight course hair. My daughter on the other hand has soft, looser curls making her hair easier to comb. I would much rather do her hair then do mine. That’s all I’m saying. However never called my hair bad…

    • http://twitter.com/k_frisco/status/155450954756526081/ Kristen N Francisco (@k_frisco)

      “Girl My Hair Ain’t Like Yours, You Got That Good Hair”: http://t.co/3yyYrKL6

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/kiwi0686?feature=mhee Kiwi0686

      I couldn’t agree more… Good hair/ Bad hair it’s a very subjective and caging statement. Just another way to create insecurities in women of color and make them a slave to societies standards. Ladies love every curl and curve on your body, you are not a mistake! Love the article Strawberri well said!

    • Swtbrry32

      @ Meya…using/saying the words ‘good hair’ is not the only way to continue this crazy traditional curse. Let us ALSO be conscious of our ACTIONS toward/against tightly coiled hair-if you ‘like’ doing your daughters hair over doing your own tightly coiled hair…believe you me…she’s receiving your subconscious imprinting that all hair that looks like hers is ‘better’ than hair that looks like mommies…#dropsmic

    • Anne Hill

      I so love this artical. ALL textures are beautiful ESPECIALLY when its healthy. The Lady featured hair Is beautiful Naturally curly and straight

    • BlairTheArtist

      Actually she did acknowledge that she used the term at one point.

      “For years my father would ask me what the hell good hair was. You know what’s the worst part? I would actually have an explaination for him. So now that i know better, i don’t use those terms anymore because its actually really insulting and we wonder why young african american girls with courser textures feel inferior to their fellow looser textured peers.”

      As far as the “bald headed” and “no edge hen”, I doubt anyone was referring to a cancer patient. She was more so referring to people with unhealthy hair due to them relaxing their natural hair because they have accepted the stereotype that natural, coiled hair is ugly.

    • Shana Norwood

      You need to work on your comprehension.

    • Lonitra Benniefield

      yes this bothers me to the core, my sister has gorgeous natural hair and refused to wear it out, for three years ive washed and deep conditioned it only for her to hide it or get a weave over and over… until this fall. Once she wore it out and saw how people just gawk at it she got what i’ve been trying to tell her. I truly believe she is beautiful with her tightly coiled healthy hair, and shes finally learned to appreciate it too. It is a struggle for a lot of relaxed ladies for real

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