Type 4: Coily Hair

Type 4 coily hair is fine and thin or wiry and coarse, with densely packed coils. Coily hair may seem robust, but it’s actually the most fragile hair texture because it has the fewest cuticle layers to protect it from dryness. Its top concerns are maintaining moisture, avoiding tangles and counteracting shrinkage.

4a

Your dense, springy coils are either wiry or fine, and have the circumference of a crochet needle. They are tightly coiled, with a visible S pattern.
Quick Tips
  • Use thicker natural emollients like mango and shea butters to maximize your wash-and-go, twist-out, or bantu knot-out style after washing.
What to Do When Your Child’s Hair Products Stop Working
What to Do When Your Child’s Hair Products Stop Working
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5 Reasons to Steam Your Natural Hair
5 Reasons to Steam Your Natural Hair
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Celebrity Hairstylist, Christo, Shares the Top Curly Hair Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
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4b

Instead of curling or coiling, your hair bends in sharp angles like the letter Z. The curl is tighter and less defined - about the circumference of a pen - with strands that range from fine and thin to wiry and coarse.
Quick Tips
  • Pre-poo with coconut oil or castor oil to help retain natural oils in your scalp.
What to Do When Your Child’s Hair Products Stop Working
What to Do When Your Child’s Hair Products Stop Working
If your child’s hair has suddenly become unruly despite having a hair care regimen that is usually reliable, then you'll want to try these helpful tips!
5 Reasons to Steam Your Natural Hair
5 Reasons to Steam Your Natural Hair
Have you tried a steam treatment before?
Celebrity Hairstylist, Christo, Shares the Top Curly Hair Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Celebrity Hairstylist, Christo, Shares the Top Curly Hair Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Known as "The King of Curls" Christo has gained a global reputation for his stellar work in caring for curls. Find out more about his journey and what you should NOT be doing to your curls.

4c

Your densely packed hair is similar to a 4b, but experiences less definition and more shrinkage. The tightly coiled strand texture ranges from super fine, thin and soft to wiry and coarse. It is very delicate.
Quick Tips
  • Use a creamy humectant as a leave-in to maximize protection from the elements.
What to Do When Your Child’s Hair Products Stop Working
What to Do When Your Child’s Hair Products Stop Working
If your child’s hair has suddenly become unruly despite having a hair care regimen that is usually reliable, then you'll want to try these helpful tips!
5 Reasons to Steam Your Natural Hair
5 Reasons to Steam Your Natural Hair
Have you tried a steam treatment before?
Celebrity Hairstylist, Christo, Shares the Top Curly Hair Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Celebrity Hairstylist, Christo, Shares the Top Curly Hair Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Known as "The King of Curls" Christo has gained a global reputation for his stellar work in caring for curls. Find out more about his journey and what you should NOT be doing to your curls.