How Insecure Normalizes Type 4 Hair

In the past, there weren’t very many natural haired black women in the media. Foxy Brown, Denise Huxtable, and Whitley Gilbert are a few characters who did regularly wear their hair in natural styles. But after the emergence of Issa Rae, and Insecure we are finally able to see both black bodies, and black hair styles properly represented on our television screens.

Although Issa’s on-screen life may be a mess, her hair is always on point. With more black women being represented on shows such as Grown-ish, Queen Sugar and She’s Gotta Have it, natural hairstyles are being represented more often. Characters like Issa, and Kelly each have type 4 hair that we are not very likely to see on television. Issa wears her natural 4c hair in a TWA (teeny weeny afro) often, but also switches it up to wear braids or an updo. She also doesn’t shy away from her shrinkage on the show. Insecure’s hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood often times shows us how versatile the character’s natural hair is. Teaching us to not shy away from new styles due to your texture, type, or length.

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