Did you know that not all Afro hair is the same? Depending on the look, feel and texture, their are various groups your hair type can fall into.
We as black women generally have what is called type 4 hair. This is kinky hair, rather than it being straight or with light curls.
In this article we’ll further explore the different kinds of type 4 hair. With this knowledge you’ll be able to make better product choices and better manage your hair.
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What Is Type 4 Afro Hair (Kinky)?
Type 4 hair is the hair type that most black women have. This kind of hair is kinky, extremely wiry, has tight coils and is very fragile.
Type 4 hair usually looks coarse but is actually very fine and the hair strands are normally thickly packed together. Type 4 hair is the driest hair type which makes it more fragile.
Generally, Afro hair is type 4.
A common misconception about type 4 hair is that it doesn’t grow long. This isn’t true.
Kinky hair can grow as long as any other hair type. The only difference is the fact that it requires much more care to avoid breakage.
What Type 4 Hair Do I Have? Black Hair Types Listed
Not sure what kind of type 4 hair you have? Well this is what we’ll help you determine here today.
Type 4 hair (also often referred to as the black hair types) is divided into three groups:
- Type 4A hair.
- 4B hair.
- 4C hair type.
Let us take a look at what we mean by 4A, 4B and 4C hair types so we can work out which one you have. The images should also help you determine it.
What Is Type 4A Hair?
4A hair is easy to identify since it has a well-defined “S” shaped pattern when stretched. The hair forms a clearly visible curl pattern with spirals that have a circumference close to that of a regular crochet needle.
This hair type has two textures, fine or wiry.
It also has very few cuticle layers than the other hair types thus breaking easily due to its poor natural protection. Although 4A hair is very fragile, it also has a very high density which makes it appear darker.
Like all type 4 hair types, type 4A is prone to dryness. However, its moisture retention capacity is much higher than that of the other type 4’s.
Due to the naturally defined curls and their moisture retention capacity, wash n’ go hairstyles look great on women with 4A hair. All you have to do is use the right technique and products.
Taking care of this hair type is very important. If your hair is 4A, you should use sulfate-free shampoo to wash your hair.
You should also use shampoos that contain jojoba oil or tee tree oil. Other products that work well for this hair type include butters and products that are rich in cream.