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Old 01-03-2009, 04:05 PM   #21
 
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Here is a picture of my 4b hair after washing and before combing. My hair is a bit below apl here:
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Old 01-03-2009, 05:46 PM   #22
 
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Here is a picture of my 4b hair after washing and before combing. My hair is a bit below apl here:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...loosewash2.jpg
I think my hair is similar to yours. Do you have any pictures of yourself with shorter hair?
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Old 01-04-2009, 03:08 AM   #23
 
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Here is a picture of my 4b hair after washing and before combing. My hair is a bit below apl here:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...loosewash2.jpg
I think my hair is similar to yours. Do you have any pictures of yourself with shorter hair?
I do have some. You can check my fotki under the texture album or even the 2007 album:
http://fotki.com/mwedzi
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Here is a picture of my 4b hair after washing and before combing. My hair is a bit below apl here:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...loosewash2.jpg
I think my hair is similar to yours. Do you have any pictures of yourself with shorter hair?
I do have some. You can check my fotki under the texture album or even the 2007 album:
http://fotki.com/mwedzi
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You may very well be a mix of both. It's common to have several curl types. I'm a 4a/b, and most 4a's I know are a mix with something. When I first BC'd, I didn't have a curl pattern either, or rather, I had one but they didn't clump so I couldn't distinguish exactly how to classify it. But the more my hair grew and the more moisture I put into it, the more defined or clumped my curls/coils became.

Variety, from the pic with product, you seem to be a 4/a. No amount of products will give you a curl pattern you don't already have, they just define it.

Also, what's more important than your actual curl pattern is your texture. Texture makes all the difference in how well products will work on your hair. Rather than sticking with the 4b's b/c you share the same curl pattern, you'd be better off finding someone with your same texture and a similar curl pattern.
i completely agree with this. at the begining of my natural journey, i used to think i was 4b (mostly) but when my hair really grew after my bc and i learned to properly moisturize my hair, i realized i was mostly 4a.

i really realized it when i applied curly pudding. my hair actually curled up. if you don't have a curl in the first place, no natural product is going to create what's not there. i also know this because my kitchen (4b) responds completely different to products than the rest of my head.

for me, the key was moisture balance.

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Old 01-13-2009, 10:13 PM   #26
 
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If you have natural waves and your hair is soft and some parts are curly coily when adding moisturizer or co-washing, does that still make me a 4b? Cuz this is my hair naturally:

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Old 01-21-2009, 12:24 PM   #27
 
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My section of hair that I think is 4b doesn't clump even w/the denman brush, doesn't coil, and shrinks less than the rest. Sometimes, individual strands at my temples might curl up tight like a toothpick. It mostly resembles jumbo braiding weave hair. It responds to humidity the quickest and just puffs! up, screw a hairstyle.

@mochalatte233, that's a cool pic of your hair, wavywavy
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:46 AM   #28
 
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Here is a picture of my 4b hair after washing and before combing. My hair is a bit below apl here:
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i have no idea what my 4(something) hair type will be, but i wouldnt mind for it to be like this
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You may very well be a mix of both. It's common to have several curl types. I'm a 4a/b, and most 4a's I know are a mix with something. When I first BC'd, I didn't have a curl pattern either, or rather, I had one but they didn't clump so I couldn't distinguish exactly how to classify it. But the more my hair grew and the more moisture I put into it, the more defined or clumped my curls/coils became.

Variety, from the pic with product, you seem to be a 4/a. No amount of products will give you a curl pattern you don't already have, they just define it.

Also, what's more important than your actual curl pattern is your texture. Texture makes all the difference in how well products will work on your hair. Rather than sticking with the 4b's b/c you share the same curl pattern, you'd be better off finding someone with your same texture and a similar curl pattern.
i completely agree with this. at the begining of my natural journey, i used to think i was 4b (mostly) but when my hair really grew after my bc and i learned to properly moisturize my hair, i realized i was mostly 4a.

i really realized it when i applied curly pudding. my hair actually curled up. if you don't have a curl in the first place, no natural product is going to create what's not there. i also know this because my kitchen (4b) responds completely different to products than the rest of my head.

for me, the key was moisture balance.

you can see pics of my texture in my fotki: http://public.fotki.com/bonjour-fill...texture-shots/
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:11 PM   #30
 
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Honestly, I don't really believe that there is any such thing as "real" 4b hair.
What apears to be 4b hair is really just kinky hair that is pron to frizz, but coils up with proper conditioning and care over a period of time.
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:39 AM   #31
 
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Here is a picture of my 4b hair after washing and before combing. My hair is a bit below apl here:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...loosewash2.jpg
It looks like you have curl patterns.

I agree with what many have said so far: Most people have a mix of hair types. You can't really draw a line between 4c and 4b and 4a (and 3c and 3b and so on), can you?
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:18 PM   #32
 
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Hi I new to this site,

Your hair pixs are great what products do you use?

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Old 01-31-2009, 11:00 PM   #33
 
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Hey Everyone,

I'm new to this site, but I am so glad I found it! I had locs for about 17 years when I decided to cut them off. It's been about a year of doing the natural thing....what was I thinkin'. It seems like that's all I ever do now.... is my hair. I thought I've tried almost every hair care product out there, but this Fantasia IC gel is new to me. I think I'm sold on it too, I'm going to say I'm a 4b, so I will be on the look out for this new product! I'll take a before and after photo for posting.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:43 PM   #34
 
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Hi all,

I'm really new to the natural thing and to this website. AS my title states, I haven't been natural since the age of 8. First the straightening comb, Vigarol, Jeri Curl, perm in that order. I've been wearing braids for 2 years and finally took themout for the last time. I have about 7 inches of 4a/4b hair. It coils when washed and curls using Kinky Curly Custard but I still have lots of shrinkage. I am trying a new twist tonight and if it works for me, I'll take a pic and post. Does anyone know what to use to decrease the shrinkage? Is there a style or a product that is good for it? I'm really interested.

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Old 02-09-2009, 08:01 PM   #35
 
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Deep conditioning regularly is the only thing that will help minumize shrinkage. But it may take a while to get your hair to the right moisture balance so don't get frustrated...
And sticking to mostly natural products helps too.
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Here is a picture of my 4b hair after washing and before combing. My hair is a bit below apl here:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...loosewash2.jpg
It looks like you have curl patterns.

I agree with what many have said so far: Most people have a mix of hair types. You can't really draw a line between 4c and 4b and 4a (and 3c and 3b and so on), can you?
no, there's no strict line, like many things. blue can fade into green, but that doesn't mean the words "blue" and "green" are useless. i do have a curl pattern in the sense that the ends of the hair clump. the whole strand of the hair is curled and bent, but they do not clump beyond the last couple of inches. for more texture shots, you can look here:
http://public.fotki.com/mwedzi/texture/
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Old 02-12-2009, 05:23 PM   #37
 
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Mwedzi,
You've got a whole lotta hair, length and texture. before today I didn't think it was possible to have denser hair than mine (and would challenge anybody). Your pics. are great.

Rock that natural girl,
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:21 PM   #38
 
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I've been having the same issue is was told i was a 4b but my hair favors 4a ALOT (pics included) of my wet 4a maybe 4b hair
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:16 PM   #39
 
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I've been having the same issue is was told i was a 4b but my hair favors 4a ALOT (pics included) of my wet 4a maybe 4b hair
Your hair looks 4a to me. I notice a lot of people saying their hair is 4b/c when I see distinct curls.
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