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.
SHOP: Design Essentials Natural Honey & Shea Edge Tamer (2.3 oz.)
SHOP: Design Essentials Natural Honey & Shea Edge Tamer (2.3 oz.)
Design Essentials Natural Honey & Shea Edge Tamer is a moisturizing, firmer-hold edge control gel designed for curly to coily hair that securely lays down the hairline.
SHOP: Soultanicals Knot Sauce Coil Detangler (8 oz.)
SHOP: Soultanicals Knot Sauce Coil Detangler (8 oz.)
A nappilicious reinvention of a natural hair detangler, super-naturally emphasized with Blue Malva Herb, Brocolli Seed Oil & Coconut Nectar for excellent comb-thru spreadability & extra softness!
SHOP: As I Am Coil Defining Jelly (8 oz.)
SHOP: As I Am Coil Defining Jelly (8 oz.)
This incredible no-flake formula is especially designed for easy coil definition, added softness, hydration and sheen.

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.
SHOP: Mielle Organics Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner (8 oz.)
SHOP: Mielle Organics Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner (8 oz.)
Mielle Organics Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner is a protein/moisture replenisher that will restore dry and damaged hair.
SHOP: Design Essentials Natural Honey & Shea Edge Tamer (2.3 oz.)
SHOP: Design Essentials Natural Honey & Shea Edge Tamer (2.3 oz.)
Design Essentials Natural Honey & Shea Edge Tamer is a moisturizing, firmer-hold edge control gel designed for curly to coily hair that securely lays down the hairline.
SHOP: Soultanicals Knot Sauce Coil Detangler (8 oz.)
SHOP: Soultanicals Knot Sauce Coil Detangler (8 oz.)
A nappilicious reinvention of a natural hair detangler, super-naturally emphasized with Blue Malva Herb, Brocolli Seed Oil & Coconut Nectar for excellent comb-thru spreadability & extra softness!

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.
SHOP: Mielle Organics Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner (8 oz.)
SHOP: Mielle Organics Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner (8 oz.)
Mielle Organics Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner is a protein/moisture replenisher that will restore dry and damaged hair.
SHOP: Design Essentials Natural Honey & Shea Edge Tamer (2.3 oz.)
SHOP: Design Essentials Natural Honey & Shea Edge Tamer (2.3 oz.)
Design Essentials Natural Honey & Shea Edge Tamer is a moisturizing, firmer-hold edge control gel designed for curly to coily hair that securely lays down the hairline.
SHOP: Soultanicals Knot Sauce Coil Detangler (8 oz.)
SHOP: Soultanicals Knot Sauce Coil Detangler (8 oz.)
A nappilicious reinvention of a natural hair detangler, super-naturally emphasized with Blue Malva Herb, Brocolli Seed Oil & Coconut Nectar for excellent comb-thru spreadability & extra softness!