How does 4b hair grow

How does 4b hair grow? Does it grow up and out or in some cases could it grow down and out? I met a girl wih 4b hair and her hair grew down and out and I was slightly confused...
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...)
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So everyone's hair beins to fall at a certain point? I didn't know that.

Well with her hair, it didn't really have a curl. It was kind of crinkly or zig-zaggy. I could tell she had a really coarse hair type but it was still really soft (and fun to play with :]).

Thanks for answering :]
So everyone's hair beins to fall at a certain point? I didn't know that.

Well with her hair, it didn't really have a curl. It was kind of crinkly or zig-zaggy. I could tell she had a really coarse hair type but it was still really soft (and fun to play with :]).

Thanks for answering :]
Originally Posted by littleamazon
I would bet that her hair was a braid or twist out. But our hair grows up first, and then down. Using certain products and doing twist outs will help it to hang rather than fro.
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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.
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^^^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.
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Typically, length dictates how or when hair will hang down.

And while the natural GROWTH CYCLE itself isn't impacted, but, the more dryness, shrinkage and/or highly textured the hair is, the longer it will need to be to achieve desired hang.

for example, Coily 4bc hair would need to be 4-6 inches or more below the shoulders when worn straight to hang downward when dry, but the more length you have, the more hang you will have.

Now; very dense cottony (5bc) to Spongy hair (6ab) tends to shrink the most and would need a lot more length than 4bc hair to achieve a similar type of hang---

Whereas finer, coily 4a or cottony 5a types depending on dryness and shrinkage would probably be able to achieve hang with less length than typical 4bc/5bc/6ab types... Hope that makes sense.

Last edited by Hermoine™; 12-29-2008 at 05:38 AM.
WOW!!!!!

Did not know that there was a classification beyond 4B. Can you please tell me where I can get more information of the other types of hair i.e. 5bc/6ab.

This could possibly answer the majority of my questions as I always thought that I had 4b hair just with an abundance of texture.
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  • 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
  • Remember HAPPY hair is HEALTHY Hair.
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.
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