Natural Hair Inspiration: The Stages of 4C Hair

Some of you have seen the photo of the 4 stages of natural hair. Well I have decided to do a spin on it. I did a realistic 4 stage version for 4c hair only. Why? Well I have 4c hair and I find that alot of the photos online of 4c hair aren’t as plentiful as other hair types.. Since 4c is the kinkiest of all the hair types, what looks like shoulder length on us is actually a heck of a lot more once flat ironed or stretched. For stage 4, I know its nothing like the original but it was hard to find a photo of women with long 4c hair that was either not a wig or not stretched. So I settled for this photo as stage 4 since it is very long hair that isn’t stretched, as the other photos. With that, here is my take on the 4 stages of natural hair:

natural hair stages of 4c hair

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20 thoughts on “Natural Hair Inspiration: The Stages of 4C Hair

  1. Hey Girl,

    Love this post, currently in Stage 2, and by next year February should be entering in Stage 3!!!!

    Thank you, this really helps me. Keep up the great work!!!


  2. Hey Girl, I will like to refer my readers (will insert the link to your posts) to your 4A, 4B & 4C hair stages because your information is perfect, please let me know if that will be ok. Thanks.

  3. Reblogged this on islandkynks and commented:
    Hello Beauties, I am in love with these post from Vnatural because she shows us the different stages of Natural Hair Textures, this one is : “The Stages of 4C Hair “, which is my hair texture, currently in Stage 2 going to Stage 3 next year. Sweet πŸ™‚ Please check out her blog, it’s fantastic πŸ™‚

  4. I’m currently not even up to stage 1. Just did the big chop 2 weeks ago. Can’t wait to get to stage 1. Funny, right? Lol. Great post

  5. I’m really having trouble ggetting my hair to grow. I feel like I’ve bbeen in stage one since I did the big chop.

  6. Great post, but I’m a little confused.
    I have hair that looks really long at one point in time and the next minute looks really short. So I’m finding it a little difficult deciding which stage I am in.

  7. Thank you for making this. I always get stuck at stage 1 and big chop. But now i see it just takes longer for me to get to stage two because of shrinkage.

  8. Hi!
    I’m a 4c, partially gray haired, woman who really appreciate all the hard work and dedication it took to put together this version of 4c hair stages that I’ve longed to see.
    Keep up the good work, it is 4c greatly appreciated!

  9. Hello! My name is Denice! I started my tea on August 6, 2016! So I consider myself to slowly progress into Stage 1!
    It seems like no matter what I use my hair is very dry!
    I am very glad to see this info and I am still in this natural process!

  10. Thanks for this article. I think I am still in stage 1. I’ve been natural for almost 2 years and cannot get my hair to curl (wash n go). I have bought lots of products, butters, creams, gels, etc. and have yet to see curls evwn when I roller set. I end up with a knotty fro. Please any advice.

    • Are you manipulating your hair a lot like everyday just about? Are you putting a lot of product in your hair? Sometimes less is more. I dont really manipulate my hair like I used to. Ive cut off all of my hair twice since I wrote this and Im now past shoulder length. I just moisturize my hair every few days. Put it in a protective style where I dont need to touch it for a few days. Deep condition every two weeks. Protein treatment once a month. Thats just standard. You have to listen to your hair. If it feels like its mosturized then you may not need that deep condition. If its snapping off you may need a wash, protein treatment then a deep condtion. You may not see a curl pattern right away. I never saw mine until I just left my hair alone.

      If all else fails seek a natural hair salon in your area for advice. People that can actually put their hands in your hair and tell you what’s wrong. We have so many tools like styleseat, yellowpages, etc..

      Hope that helps.

      • Thanks. Yes it sounds like I may have been doing to much (prepoo, shampoo, and deep condition each week) not to mention styling/curling products. It looks dry so I use oil each day (even though it feels oily). Im desperate to get curls and shine. I’ll give it a rest and see what happens, then a professional. Thanks again for your info.

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