The dark-skinned woman with 4C hair is reclaiming her spot in the natural hair movement. After the movement was hijacked by a specific kind of curl pattern, LAMBB brings to light the beauty in every kink and curl.
The London-based company, LAMBB (Look At My Black Beauty) interrogated the idea that some products or hairstyles just don’t work for kinkier hair types. By documenting the results of women with different hair types; they discovered that the products and styles did in fact work; the curls achieved were just different.
The documentary features women with 4C hair who has since been removed from the mainstream idea of natural hair. The women discuss the politics of black hair and unpack what good hair is and how to achieve it.
LAMBB’s aim was to open a dialogue about an issue that has gone under-discussed for far too long, and prove that there is more than just one way to embrace natural hair.
Javonna Williams, reviewer of the documentary says, “I enjoyed this documentary so much! Healthy hair is good hair. People tend to forget this. We have some beautiful hair in all textures and colours of skin! I love variety.
“I learnt so, much in terms of the illustrations between the women speaking and showing their personal hair tutorials”
“Great documentary! I’m happy to see issues like this finally being addressed in the UK! Big up from Birmingham” said Aaliyah. Many conversations about the black community happen within America, and these opinions seem to represent the entire black community. But the UK (black British) has a different experience that’s worth documenting.
LAMBB Co-founder, Naomi Grant says “We are slightly shifting from the stagnated ideology of what beauty is. However, the shift has only been marginal and it is still rare to see a dark-skinned woman with 4C hair centralized in a discussion on natural hair.”
“There is a longstanding legacy that comes with our hair, and a history rooted in its roots. The afro was once a symbol of radicalism, an unapologetic portrayal of black beauty, with the likes of Angela Davis and Huey P. Newton rocking their afros whilst they fought oppression. Today, there is a lesser fight, but it doesn’t strip it of its importance.”
Watch the documentary below: