What does 4a hair REALLY look like?

4a can be silky/curly and frizzy/poofy. it depends on what the person has in their hair. it's all about the size of the curl pattern...not whether it is fine or coarse.
Originally Posted by missmonie
good response, i totally agree with this. The way i differential the two is; if your hair is coily and has curl patterns its 4a if its soft with no curl patterns its 4b, if its no curl patterns and appears dry its 4c. the 3s are loser curled vs coils. thats how i can tell the difference.
Originally Posted by dee-nature
I think I have 3 different 4a's in my house. It's kinda funny!
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between descriptions and pictures i've come to the conclusion im a 3c 4a.... my hair is SUPER FINE with no product and it curls... add product i get frizz... lol... and all types of thangs happening... but it's definitely S patterned... gaaaah

i can't wait until this mess gross out of its TWA phase so i can see how the curl pattern falls with some weight on it.
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It is funny because I think I have 3c, 4a, 4b and 4c all in my head (mostly 4a). My DD has an even head of silky superfine 4a and my son silky coarse 3C/4A. We all have the same SIZE curl, but all feel and look different. What works for one almost NEVER works for another. My husband said this curly family cost too much (he shave bald).
Hair Type:3c/4a/4b
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So is coarse hair is not associated with the 4b texture?
Whatever, it doesn't even matter anyway.lol
Is there a way to build cuticle layers on the hair? One of the links said that type 4 hair has the fewest cuticle layers.
So is coarse hair is not associated with the 4b texture?
Whatever, it doesn't even matter anyway.lol
Is there a way to build cuticle layers on the hair? One of the links said that type 4 hair has the fewest cuticle layers.
Originally Posted by CocoT
It seems that type 4 hair can be coarse but delicate. So sometimes it can feel rough to the touch, but it will still snap like thread. But of course there are silky, spongy, all kinds of 4s.
My DD does not have coarse hair AT ALL. It is Super fine, but her curls seem a little smaller than mine. From most people's comments here , I think it is more about curl size than texture.
Hair Type:3c/4a/4b
LOIS:OS thick strands w/ thready texture
Porosity:non-porous

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My DD does not have coarse hair AT ALL. It is Super fine, but her curls seem a little smaller than mine. From most people's comments here , I think it is more about curl size than texture.
Originally Posted by arkanfine
IDK if you were talking to me, but I agree. I was just explaining why it seems like some type 4s are coarse, yet delicate.
So is coarse hair is not associated with the 4b texture?
Whatever, it doesn't even matter anyway.lol
Is there a way to build cuticle layers on the hair? One of the links said that type 4 hair has the fewest cuticle layers.
Originally Posted by CocoT
I don't think 4b hair is necessarily coarse hair. I do have coarse strands here and there, but there's a major patch at my crown that is fine fine FINE. As in, it'll shed and I won't even be able to see the hair in my hand. That's the hair with the least defined curl pattern, so I'd call it my 4b hair. I think 4a/4b that doesn't fall down gets miscategorized as coarse often because it can appear very dense with its volume and may not shine.

I don't think there's a way to truly build up cuticle layers, but I've heard folks mention clear rinses...not entirely sure what they are, but they sound like clear color rinses that just provide an outer covering for your hair. I believe they're temporary.
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I see "3" hair as being curly and "4" hair as being mostly kinky with tiny curls/coils.


I see 3c hair has being larger ringlets that can be seen with the naked eye from a short distance. "Wash and go" hair that forms and clumps on it's own. Can be shiny or sheeny, but most of all it's curly.

EX.


4a hair to me can be curly and coily, but doesn't clump. Has more of a sheen than a shine and the curls are very small, so from a short distance it can look like a cloud, but if you look up close there are tiny little curls.


EX.



4b has no pattern, from what I understand:

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Last edited by Samielle1; 04-06-2010 at 10:06 PM.
Honey Child IDK . I always thought the 4 catergory meant small tight coils. Not waves, not kinks. Just small tight coils that shrink when dry. I just give up at this point b/c I think the hair typing system is sooo off anyway. I have coily hair that shrinks around each other when wet. Other than that IDK!
Here's my fave picture-posting of curl patterns:

http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/foru...asp?TID=112617

HTH.

IMHO, I'm starting to wonder if knowing my own curl pattern really matters for the sake of products, styling, etc. On a general level, I get it. But I find that I get even more out of finding women/men whose hair looks like mine and seeing what works for them. The number is just a starting point for me. Then there are all the other factors to take into account, like the environment -- someone in Arizona with my exact same hair type will use different prods than someone with my hair type in Florida.

IDK...

I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on this.
Originally Posted by Shones

Okay. Based on BHM's version I still don't see the difference between 4a and 4b. maybe I'm just a mix of both and that's why it's hard for me to tell. Either way Im proud to be one or the other or both! Don't mind me ya'll Im just confused:-)
Shoot, I think my hair is 4a hair! LOL Y'all are right. The hair typing thing is a mess.

Supposedly we type for products sake - I'm lucky because my hair plays well with a lot of different products.

I'm just gonna keep doing me.
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