Your texture is also known as Type 4; tight coils to Z-angled coils
Curl Type 4 is classified as “kinky” or tightly coiled hair. While Type 4 hair may give the appearance of being coarse and strong, it is actually the most fragile of all hair curl types. The wiry strands may have a zigzag pattern or show no pattern at all. This hair type experiences extreme dryness and requires constant protection and hydration.
Type 4A hair is full of tight coils, forming an “S” pattern when stretched, much like Type 3 curly hair.
Type 4B hair has a less-defined pattern of curls, and looks more like a “Z” as the hair bends with very sharp angles.
Type 4C hair is similar to 4B textures, but the tightly coiled strands are more fragile and have a very tight zig-zag pattern that is sometimes indiscernible to the eye. This hair type experiences the greatest amount of shrinkage — about 75 percent or more — than the other textures.
How To Care For Coily Hair
When it comes to deciding on a hair care routine for coily hair, you want to keep in mind that your strands are naturally dry, so keeping them hydrated is key. How do you keep coily hair moisturized? It’s all about finding a hair care line that is specifically formulated for curly locks to help ensure your hair gets all the moisture it needs to look its best!
Dry hair is not a good look for anyone. It makes the hair appear lifeless and dull regardless of hair type. To provide your hair daily moisture, add a leave-in conditioner or hair mask into your hair care routine. Ingredients like silk amino acids restore natural moisture to create a shinier, healthier result.
It’s also important to take care of your hair while you sleep. This includes protecting it from the damage cotton pillowcases often cause. Sleep with a silk pillowcase or wrap your hair in a scarf or bandana to keep it from tangling too much and to protect your locks from becoming extra frizzy.
Knowing these components can help you navigate which products are going to work best for you.
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On one hand, you have less hair to style, shorter drying times and a naturally silky texture, but on the other hand your hair may struggle to hold a curl and lack volume.
Use moisturizing products that balance the needs of drier, older ends with newer roots.
It is a good idea to use a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment before shampooing to restore and maintain elasticity and shine.