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    I think I have mostly 4 type hair probably 4C. I’ll have to wait till my hair grows out first.

    Type 4 is Kinky hair. Despite many misconceptions, this tightly coiled hair is quite fine and fragile. It is wiry, and delicate by nature. Each strand usually has a zig zag pattern. Kinky hair is the driest hair type, thus it is more prone to breakage and requires a gentle touch. A misconception exists that this hair type does not grow. Kinky hair grows at the same rate as other texture, however, if not treated properly it breaks more than other textures. Treat this hair type like a fine silk blouse – cleanse gently, detangle softly, and avoid harsh chemicals. 

    KINKY HAIR CARE TIP: Because kinky hair is dry by nature, and therefore breaks easily, it needs added moisture, daily. Dry hair breaks…well moisturized hair is supple and has elasticity. The key to keeping these natural locks healthy, shiny, and beautiful is to moisturize every step of the way. Start with a creamy, sulfate free, moisturizing cleanser, follow suit with a super hydrating conditioner, prep with a rich moisturizer and style with a rich cream, full of natural oils and rich butters. Look for moisturizing humectants, natural conditioning agents, and exotic extracts to add moisture to these locks. Avoid mineral, and petrolatum oil and heavy waxes. 

    [Top: Right 4A, Middle 4B, Left 4C]

    4a has a visible tight cork screw pattern. It looks like an S pattern when it is stretched out. These curls are similar to 3c curls, but smaller in diameter. The circumference is often the size of a small knitting needle or crochet needle, and is prone to frizziness.

    4b hair has a zig zag pattern, but no definite S pattern when stretched out. The hair strands tend to have sharp angles, and a soft cotton-like feel.

    4c- hair are the tightest and most fragile curls of the pack. 4C curls have a very tightly cork screw curl pattern. The hair is extremely bouncy and springy. It shrinks up to 75% of its length. The curls do not pack densely together, but appear as individual separate strands.

    Tips for Type 4s:

    • comb and detangle hair wet with conditioner in it

    • use lots of products with moisturizing ingredients and conditioners

    • do not comb or brush hair dry unless it is to create a desired style

    •  rake product through hair to make sure it truly covers all the hair strands

    Hair Type 4A, 4B, 4C Product Recommendations:

    Sulfate Free Cleanser: Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream

    Hydrating ConditionerCoconut Sublime Moisturizing conditioner

    Deep Conditioner: Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea conditioner

    Curl Definer (Cream): Whipped Cream

    Curl Definer with Sheen: Curl Gel-les’c

    Daily Liquid Moisturizer/2nd Day Curl Refresher: Quenched Curls Moisturizer

    Curl Moisturizer (Cream): Curls Milkshake


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