The texture (coil size) sometimes dictates how the hair will grow, but not always. It also depends on thickness and the texture of the strands. Also, did you look closely at her hair to see if her coils/curls were tight or loose? It could also depend on the length or her hair or the style that she was wearing. Everyone's hair begins to fall and grow down once they reach a certain length regardless of texture (4b,3b,4a whatever...)
initially the hair grows up and out but the longer and heavier it gets the more it starts to droop and hang. At least in my experience it has, my hair on the sides is 4b and its beginning to angle downward because of the added weight.
Last Relaxer: Nov. 07 BC: May. 2010 (30 months) Hair Type: thick 4b/4a Current length: back at APL Goal length: hip Staples: natural growth aides
^^^That is exactly how my hair grows...I am wearing wigs as a protective style and when I take my braids out and comb out my hair my 'fro is huge. The minute I wash it it the shrinkage is too much it looks like it hasn't grown at all.
My hair must be rebelling against the downward slope.
When it is straightened, it is just past my shoulders. But goodness, let me sweat (which is all the time) or water of any sort touch it and it starts to shrink up to the size of a TWA. Making it very hard to work with.
Type: 4B, feels more like a 4C
Last Relaxer: 6/2001
Moisturizer: Raw unrefined shea butter, virgin coconut oil cream
Daily Spritz: recipe of Aloe Vera Gel, water & glycerine with some peppermint essential oil for a little tingle
Truly, the 1-4 system leaves a lot to question. It doesn't take into consideration the texture of the hair, which makes all the difference in how the hair looks, feels and works with different products. I like the LOIS system better. I'm an O,S,Fine,Cottony. Take a look at it.