I posted this reply on CurlyNikki's site in response to her blog post about depiction of AA naturals in ads.
I've noticed the trend in ads/mainstream media for a while and am not surprised by it. What did surprise and hurt me was when I started researching hair care back in March/April and started coming across various popular natural hair care blogs. I had never played into the whole "good hair/bad hair" thing but after reading these blogs from start to finish I was thisclose to having a complex! To me it seemed as though there was unabashed reverence for all things type 3 and maybe 4a. I got so sick of seeing 3s, some of whom were formerly relaxed, that when I would read them saying "I learned to accept my hair bc God does not make mistakes/I'm proud to wear the crown of my African Ancestors", I would think "GTFOOHWBS"! After a couple of days I calmed down bc I realized just bc someone is a 3, doesn't mean that they never received pressure to relax (this was a revelation to me).
However, even after I realized this I was still unsettled by the fact that 4s were so under-represented on these blogs. I even left a comment on one of my fave blogs telling her this. I think it's important to remember that many of the blogs are simply a reflection of our society. For example, if they feature AA models and most of AA models have 3/4a hair, then it is what it is - the blog author has to make a conscious decision to compensate for the disparity of the industry or else that disparity will be reflected, even exacerbated, on the pages of their blog. If they depend on reader submissions and most 4b/z's have been conditioned to think that people won't fawn over their hair or don't want to see it, than they'll be reluctant to submit. Commenters on Curly Nikki bought up the disparity you noticed and that's why she became proactive and posted several announcements asking for more 4 types to make submissions.
As far as LHCF is concerned, there might be a little more love for your run-of-the-mill 3 type but I've seen no shortage of love for 4 a/b/q/x/y/z who have thick, lush heads of hair.
ETA: Glamazini is a very inspirational blog for afro-textured/type 4s. Hers is the type of blog I expected to be greeted with when I started researching natural black hair. I really had this conception of a plethora of popular black natural hair care blogs that revered 4b/z hair. Unfortunately, this isn't the case but we have to try to seek them out and support them if we want change.
I was just having this convo with my grandmom today. We were watching TV and a Mc Donald commercial came on with a darker skinned black woman with NL natural hair in twists looked to be type 4. The new church I go to has close to 75% if not more naturals and the majority of them are 4s and rock their BAAs with pride. I was sitting there trying not to covet their hair during the sermon (it was gorgeous).
Wow! I must live in a different world or something because I'm 4B, D, E... something I don't know, but it's VERY cottony and tightly coiled and I get lots of compliments. When I did my BC and started wearing my TWA I got nothing but love from black and white people and black men often come up to me complimenting my hair.
Brooklyn is a whole 'nother animal! When I'm in Target, at least every other woman is natural. But there are some cities and states where there's not a lot of 'us' and to see natural hair is not the norm, or they hold on to the notion that it needs to be 'fried, dyed, laid to the side'.I'm right with you! I live in Brooklyn and natural hair, whether it be dreads, TWAs, etc. is nothing new here and as long as the hair looks healthy and not unkempt, a 4b/x/y/z will be showered with compliments (there are some neighborhoods that are exceptions, though). Everyone in my family has no issue with 4 b/x/y/z natchal hair and my mom and aunts have all had a variety of natural styles over the years, including dreadlocks, afros, TWAs, braids, wash-n-gos. No one batted an eye at the idea me going natural and the only ones who *might* have are no longer here - my grandmothers (one was a life-long press-n-curler and the other was a natural 1/2a type) and they're of another generation, so I wouldn't be surprised. Actually, I don't think they would've had much a problem with it either.
That's why I was so very shocked and saddened at the dynamics of the natural black hair blogosphere. But things are improving, so all is not lost.