Natural Hair Textures

What is the difference between 4a, 4b and 4c hair?

Kinky hair types

4a hair has a clear curl pattern almost like an “S” shape. Commonly speaking it keeps moisture perfectly remarkable, but as with most curly hair kinds can still be level to dryness. No doubt, this hair kind has a beautiful clear curl pattern wash go styles may be a remarkable choice as it can be simply achieved with the best technique and product. Gentle sulfate free conditioners, shampoo and top creamy butters or products will be supportive for keeping hair moisturized. 

4b hair has a “Z” shape pattern has a more cottony fluffy look. Due to the curves and bend in the hair it is highly at risk to dryness and breakage. The hair kind shrinks up to seventy percent so without stretching out the hair it will emerge shorter than it exactly is. Natural with this hair kind will advantage from protective (braids, twists, buns) and how manipulation styles (twists outs, ponytail puffs, roller sets) to save the hair from problem. A lot of moisture, perfect cleansers and frequent deep conditioning will be supportive for natural with 4b hair. Learn more about 4a/4b on

4c hair looks similar 4b hair kind only it is more strongly coiled. In its raw state it does not have a clear curl pattern. Coils have to be clear by braiding, twisting or shingling via the strands. Many natural 4c hairs have decline up to seventy percent or more. So while your hair may be ten inches long it may emerge like you just have three inches of hair if you don’t stretch your hair out. It is most fragile hair kind, so if you want to grow your hair long protective styles like buns, braids, or twists should be your go to style option. These styles do not need daily manipulation (brushing/combing) providing hair less options to detach. You can then apply your hair out for many days in a low manipulation styles (twist outs, roller sets, puffs) and then repeat the cycle for a balanced routine.) We go more in detail in this post on

It is quite general for us to have more than single texture in our hair. Your borders may be 4b while the largely of your hair is 4a kind. Or you may have hair 4a with some strands 3c for instance. Remember no 2 heads of hair are alike. Hair kind systems are best for learning about your hair or what could potentially be remarkable for it, but they are by no means a supreme standard.