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.
How to Plop with a Veil Net
How to Plop with a Veil Net
A new-to-us way to dry your curls.
Why is my wet hair still frizzy?
Why is my wet hair still frizzy?
Is your hair frizzy when it's wet? Learn the science behind why your wet hair is still frizzy and discover how to fix it.
Texture Tales: Iana on How the Pandemic Inspired Her Embrace Her Curly Hair
Texture Tales: Iana on How the Pandemic Inspired Her Embrace Her Curly Hair
"I kept seeing all the girls with beautiful curls and remembered that I once too had pretty curls. At that point it just became my mission to recuperate my curls."

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.
How to Plop with a Veil Net
How to Plop with a Veil Net
A new-to-us way to dry your curls.
Why is my wet hair still frizzy?
Why is my wet hair still frizzy?
Is your hair frizzy when it's wet? Learn the science behind why your wet hair is still frizzy and discover how to fix it.
Texture Tales: Iana on How the Pandemic Inspired Her Embrace Her Curly Hair
Texture Tales: Iana on How the Pandemic Inspired Her Embrace Her Curly Hair
"I kept seeing all the girls with beautiful curls and remembered that I once too had pretty curls. At that point it just became my mission to recuperate my 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.
How to Plop with a Veil Net
How to Plop with a Veil Net
A new-to-us way to dry your curls.
Why is my wet hair still frizzy?
Why is my wet hair still frizzy?
Is your hair frizzy when it's wet? Learn the science behind why your wet hair is still frizzy and discover how to fix it.
Texture Tales: Iana on How the Pandemic Inspired Her Embrace Her Curly Hair
Texture Tales: Iana on How the Pandemic Inspired Her Embrace Her Curly Hair
"I kept seeing all the girls with beautiful curls and remembered that I once too had pretty curls. At that point it just became my mission to recuperate my curls."