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Old 07-24-2005, 05:09 PM   #1
 
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I've seen some people mention 4c hair. Does anyone have any pics for this hairtype?
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Old 07-26-2005, 02:43 PM   #2
 
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Bump because I'm not exactly sure either.
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i think its really really tight hair that almost looks like its dreaded
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Old 07-27-2005, 08:34 AM   #4
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it's never been an official hair type on NC.com. I'm not sure where that came from.
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From what I understand, 4c is not an actual hair type but a SUGGESSTED hairtype. 3c is also a suggested type from what I recall but its highly popular because of it encompasses so many "in-between" curlies

I think that 4c would look almost identical to 4b except that the curls would be so tight, there would be seemingly no definition.

But that's just my opinion
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Old 07-28-2005, 10:54 PM   #6
 
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I think its safe to say that afro hair has more than just two types. Ive seen at least 4 or 5.
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Very soft and looks like yarn.

http://crazycoil.sili.net/picdetail....&month=2005jan
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Old 08-25-2005, 10:28 PM   #9
 
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Oh my ..i'm in love with her crazy coils hair .. Ohh it beautiful...

it has got to be the best head of hair i have ever seen ..
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What a great site. Very well put together. Her hair is gorgeous. Did you see the shrinkage section. Amazing.
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Old 08-26-2005, 01:42 PM   #11
 
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Her hair has the most fascinating texture I've ever seen, I think. It's super duper curly/coily, yet doesn't look coily in the photos. I rarely want to stick my hand in someone else's hair, but her hair looks so soft, cottony and pillowy that I really want to put my hands in her hair. Just wonderful.
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Old 09-01-2005, 10:23 AM   #12
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its so thick....and looks so very nice and soft. im jealous
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Old 01-20-2006, 01:52 PM   #13
 
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4c is not an official hair type on the naturally curly site. The 4b pictures on the site are more like 4a, so to more clearly define the 4b texture 4c was made up to describe hair with less curl definition that the pictured 4b on the naturally curly website. According to the description this site has a real 4b.
http://www.myindianhair.com/Moreinformation.html
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Old 01-21-2006, 03:24 AM   #14
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In the past, when the site had less accurate pictures of other hair types, nc just updated the pictures with the help of the members. Wouldn't it make more sense to do the same for 4b (instead of making up a new category) if people felt that the photos of 4b hair was misrepresented as well?


on the hair type FAQ: http://naturallycurly2.com/curl411/types.php


Type 4: Kinky hair
If your hair falls into the Type 4 category, then it is kinky, or very tightly curled. Generally, Type 4 hair is very wiry, very tightly coiled and very, very fragile. Like Type 3 hair, Type 4 hair appears to be coarse, but it is actually quite fine, with lots and lots of this strands densely packed together. Healthy Type 4 hair won't shine, but it will have sheen. It will be soft to the touch and will pass the strand test with ease. It will feel more silky than it will look shiny. Oprah, Whoopi Goldberg and the actress Angela Bassett are all Type 4s.

Type 4 hairs looks tough and durable, but looks can be deceiving. If you have Type 4 hair, you already know that it is the most fragile hair around. Why? Type 4 hair has fewer cuticle layers than any other hair type, which means that it has less natural protection from the damage you inflict by combing, brushing, curling, blow-drying and straightening it. The more cuticle layers in a single strand of hair, the more protection it has from damage. Each time you damage your hair – fire up the curling iron, fry it with chemicals – you break down a cuticle layer, robbing your hair of much-needed moisture. I cannot emphasize this enough. It's like taking a wire and bending it again and again. Eventually, it's going to snap and break.

Many women with Type 4 hair rely on chemical relaxers to make hair easier to control. In its natural states, sometimes Type 4 hair doesn't grow very long because every time you comb it, it breaks. (Of course, if you have dreadlocks and never comb them or keep them braided, your hair can and does grow quite long.)

There are two subtypes of Type 4 hair: Type 4A, tightly coiled hair that, when stretched, has an "S" pattern, much like curly hair; and Type 4B, which has a "Z" pattern, less of a defined curl pattern (instead of curling or coiling, the hair bends in sharp angles like the letter "Z"). Type 4A tends to have more moisture than Type 4B, which will have a wiry texture. But what if your hair has been chemically straightened? How can you tell which subtype you belong to if your hair is relaxed? You'll need at least one inch of new growth to tell. Pull at the roots. If you can see a definite curl pattern, then it's an A, if not, then it's a B.
Addednum: NaturallyCurly.com type 4 readers have found the above description limiting, and somewhat misleading. We offer the following addendum:

Type 4 hair can range from fine/thin to wiry/coarse strand texture. Generally, this hair is densely packed to give the appearance of very thick but fragile hair. 4a hair has a clearly visible curl and wave pattern that ranges from pen size curls to pen spring size coils. 4b hair has a tighter wave pattern and kinks of various size. This texture does not exhibit the shine or silkiness of looser type curls, but instead has sheen, and a soft, almost cotton-like feel. As with other types of curly hair, showing the true length can be an extra challenge, as the hair may grow “up” or “out” before starting to hang down. In its unlocked/unbraided state, type 4 hair is known to shrink up to 75% of the actual hair length. With the proper care and technique, type 4 hair is indeed resilient, manageable, durable, growable and easy to control.


Erica Badu is the type 4b example
Nadia Turner is the type 4a example

I personally do not see any innacuracies, but I'd love to know if I'm wrong.
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Does anyone watch Girlfriends? I would say William is a type 4C That's what I think of when i hear 4C.
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@honieculrs i love your hair which henna did u use, do u think u can post the before and after pics so i can see the difference, u look fierce with red hair
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I need help identifying my hair type, as well, too. I believe I am in 4c, but for some reason, I think I may be 4b.

When my hair is dry without any product, it pretty fluffy. But when I pass the leave-in condition with the Eco-Styler or SheaMoisture Curl Smoothie, it seems like I have 4a, majority 4b hair. I just need help in figuring out if I need to continue finding more effective products (& a better shingling technique) that eliminates the frizz in my hair for better definition, or embrace my 4c curls and stop applying so much product to my hair I also have a sensitive scalp.

Thanks in advance for your help. See the pics link below:
https://picasaweb.google.com/1101793...eat=directlink

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Old 04-07-2011, 04:54 AM   #18
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I need help identifying my hair type, as well, too. I believe I am in 4c, but for some reason, I think I may be 4b.

When my hair is dry without any product, it pretty fluffy. But when I pass the leave-in condition with the Eco-Styler or SheaMoisture Curl Smoothie, it seems like I have 4a, majority 4b hair. I just need help in figuring out if I need to continue finding more effective products (& a better shingling technique) that eliminates the frizz in my hair for better definition, or embrace my 4c curls and stop applying so much product to my hair I also have a sensitive scalp.

Thanks in advance for your help. See the pics link below:
https://picasaweb.google.com/1101793...eat=directlink

Your hair looks like 4a/4b hair to me.

Are you planning to grow your hair out? If you do, it will be more easier to see your curl pattern.

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Old 04-07-2011, 09:01 PM   #19
 
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I need help identifying my hair type, as well, too. I believe I am in 4c, but for some reason, I think I may be 4b.

When my hair is dry without any product, it pretty fluffy. But when I pass the leave-in condition with the Eco-Styler or SheaMoisture Curl Smoothie, it seems like I have 4a, majority 4b hair. I just need help in figuring out if I need to continue finding more effective products (& a better shingling technique) that eliminates the frizz in my hair for better definition, or embrace my 4c curls and stop applying so much product to my hair I also have a sensitive scalp.

Thanks in advance for your help. See the pics link below:
https://picasaweb.google.com/1101793...eat=directlink

Your hair looks like 4a/4b hair to me.

Are you planning to grow your hair out? If you do, it will be more easier to see your curl pattern.
yeah, it looks like 4a/b to me too.

I think willworkforfro and msbeautyblogger
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Old 04-15-2011, 01:43 PM   #20
 
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I honestly don't think 3c or 4c exists. That's my personal opinion. The way it is described, it's very clear what the distinctions are. I agree that we are all different, but honestly, 4b sounds like it doesn't have much of a coil but more of bends. So what is 4c? I don't think it exists.
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