Say goodbye to all your curly hair texture confusions! Here’s everything you need to know about type 4 hair and how to care for it!
Curly hair is ever sexy, but not always the easiest to style. Until now! So, if you have gorgeous kinky curls and not sure what hair type they fall into, here’s a guide that breaks down the three different types of curly hair. ‘Cause once you figure out your curl pattern, it’ll be so much easier to know what products to use, how to care for them and what hairstyles to go for. Because different types of curls require different types of TLC. Being a curly-haired girl myself, I can totally relate to all these popularly asked questions. Questions like what are the different types of black hair and how to take care of each of them. So read all that and more below!
Type 4 Hair Texture Chart
In case you didn’t know, there are four main types of hair textures. Type 1 includes straight hair, type 2 is all about the waves, type 3 consists of curls and type 4 is natural African hair. Within type 4, curly hair is also categorized into 4A, 4B and 4C. So use our curly hair types chart below to figure out what natural curly hair pattern you’ve got!
4A Hair Type
4A hair is the the most defined among the three categories of type 4 hair. Unlike 4B and 4C hair, these curls have a visible S-shaped pattern.
How to Take Care of 4A Hair
By nature, curly hair types always tend to be dry and frizzy. So regardless of what your curly hair pattern is – 4A, 4B, 4C, the key is to keep your locks moisturized. You can do this by opting for sulfate-free shampoos and using hydrating conditioners that contain organic oils and butters.
In terms of hair care specific to 4A hair type, since the curls are already quite defined, why not enhance them? Using a good serum or spray to hold them in place and keep frizz at bay is a good idea. I did a li’l digging on Amazon and Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifier by TIGI, a brand that I often buy curling products from, seems to be a hit among curly haired girls.
Women with 4B hair have zig-zag or Z-shaped wiry curls. This type is less defined than 4A hair, quite fluffy and very dense.
How to Care for 4B Hair
Since this hair type is very fragile and easily breakable, not using much heat is recommended. Try wash and go hairstyles or protective hairstyles like crochet braids. As for curly hair care products, go for deep conditioning masks and treatments. Also, shampoos with coconut, jojoba or tea tree oil are great for retaining the moisture in your curls. All the curly hair products by Andre Walker, the man who introduced this whole system of categorizing hair types, are some good ones to try based on their customer feed back.
4C Hair Type
4C hair is a more tightly coiled and kinky version of 4B hair. And it’s also the most delicate among other types of curls under type 4 hair. 4C hair has no specific pattern, the curls are tightly packed together and have little to no definition.
How to Take Care of 4C Hair
Out of the three type 4 hair curls, 4C requires the most care as they are extremely fine. Deep condition on a regular basis and avoid too much heat and excessive styling on your hair. Brushing out these curls may be a bit hard, even with a wide comb so I’d suggest using some detangler. The reviews for Knot Sauce Coil Detangler by Soultanicals on Amazon has a lot of women saying it works well for them, so that’s something you can try. And instead of shampoos, which can be quite harsh on type 4C hair, I’d recommend natural cleansers.
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Another good way to lock the moisture in is to try some at-home all-natural hair masks. My recommendation would be a paste made from avocados, honey and olive oil. It works like magic!
Curling Products For Type 4 Hair
Going natural is great but sometimes, to keep your curls looking their best, curling products are necessary. Here are the essentials every curly hair girl needs to tame her mane!
1. Hair rollers – Big and small, you never know what look you’re in the mood for!
2. Crimper – For when you’re bored of ringlets.
3. Cream or mousse – To enhance those natural curls and help make styling easier. L’Oreal Curve Taming Gel Cream and Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil Curl Smoothie are two products that apparently define your curls and keep them in place. From all the reviews I’ve seen for them, I might give ’em a try too.
4. Hairspray – Look for ones targeted specifically towards curly hair.
5. Straightener – ‘Cause sometimes you may wanna mimic a different curly hair type. So straightening before curling is a good idea.
6. Heat protectant – All that heat can do some serious damage on type 4 hair so using a heat protectant is a must.
7. Detangler – We all know how knotted it can get up there!
8. Wide tooth comb
Type 4 Hairstyles
We’re all for women embracing their natural curly hair but in case you wanna try out a different look, there are plenty of options. Firstly, hair relaxers or texturizers will help loosen your curls or straighten them depending on what kind you’re using. They can last for a good month and a half but you might need to touch-up once in a while.
Or you could just try protective hairstyles like braids, twists and weaves. This way, you can have different types of hairstyles without actually damaging your natural curls. This hairdo is the best option for women with 4C hair.
If you wanna work with your natural curly hair, avoid tight hairstyles that’ll pull and strain your hair like high ponytails. Instead, try messy buns. Anyone with curly hair knows they’re the best ’cause you don’t even have to attempt to make them messy, it just happens naturally! They’re perfect for casual outings and dates.
Also, wash and go hairstyles are great for type 4 hair. They refer to hairdos that are done without using any heat, serum, creams, mousse, etc. Wash your hair, let it air dry naturally and try brushed out curls or a quick half up half down. Also, a half-up bun can be one of the best go-to hairstyles for 4A hair for college, casual dates or birthday parties.
Women with shorter type 4 hair can opt for a cute pulled-back afro look using bandanas, headbands or barettes! Great for parties!
So that was everything you need to know about type 4 hair. Which of these different types of curly hair do you have? Let us know by tweeting @shilpa1ahuja!
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Nishita is a Staff Writer/ Journalist at ShilpaAhuja.com. She is a graduate of National Institute of Fashion Technology and has a degree in leather design. A lover of all things fashion, she writes about everything from beauty, hair and lifestyle to fashion trends and how-to’s. Her area of expertise is outfit ideas but being fresh out of college, she also loves writing about college fashion. Her new found love of baking is currently taking over her life, making her write about all things chocolate and easy recipes. With a flair for sketching and a great eye for detail, she’s previously designed leather garments for brands like Diesel and Salsa. When she’s not writing, she’s busy reading extremely sappy Nicholas Spark’s novels, sewing clothes and listening to some indie rock. Also super passionate about photography, she loves portraits and wildlife photography – a habit turned love that formed with the amount of traveling she did as a teenager. As a girl who grew up with books and movies like Pride & Prejudice, her love for period fashion is huge. And being curly haired, she’s always on a constant hunt for solutions to problems that come with having ringlets and loves sharing them with people through her articles. For feedback and questions, email [email protected] or connect with her on twitter @ni95.