If you wish to have beautiful and healthy looking coily hair, you need to use the best products for type 4 hair. Type 4 hair could be either coarse, wiry, thin or fine hair with coils, with a lot of strands packed together densely. The hair appears to be coily due to it having less cuticle layers compared to other hair types. This means that those with type 4 hair may easily struggle with hair damages from straightening, blow drying, curling, brushing, and even combing. Before you know what the best products for your hair are, you must first know if your type 4 hair is categorized under type 4A, 4B or 4C.
Type 4A Hair - Coily Springy: You can easily identify type 4A hair for its tightly coiled hair that forms a “S” pattern. Compared to type 4B, type 4A has more moisture, and can range from fine to wiry-textured. A lot of strands of hair are densely packed together, and they are pretty fragile. Compared to other hair types, 4A has the least cuticle layers, which means that it is more susceptible to damage. Example of celebrities with type 4A hair are the likes of Leela James, Solange Knowles and Macy Gray.
The best products for type 4 Hair especially for those in the 4A category are the likes of deep conditioners such as Blended Beauty Herbal Reconditioner, CURLS Coconut Sublime Moisturizing Conditioner and MYHoneyChild Olive You Deep Conditioner. Go for styling products like Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding or Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercreme.
Type 4B Hair – Coily Crimpy: Instead of coiling or curling, type 4B hair can be identified by its sharp bends, which forms a “Z” pattern. The hair is often so densely packed together, it may shrink up to 75% of the hair’s actual length. Example of public figures with 4B hair are the likes of Lauryn Hill, Yvette Nicole Brown and Esperanza Spalding.
Use heavy creamy cleanser Blended Beauty Soy Cream Shampoo, as well as hydrating conditioner with plenty of slips and hair butter to keep the coils moisturized and healthy.
Type 4C Hair – Coily Ziggly: This is a “more challenging version” of type 4B, with the coils being so dense that it seemingly have no definition. Artists like Erykah Badu and Jill Scott have 4C hair type. Stick to heavy co-washing deep conditioners, hair butters and heavy pudding creams for this hair type.