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.
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Texture Tales: Kiana Shares her Journey of Learning to Love Her 3b Curls
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The 20 best styling products for Type 3 curls
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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.
Texture Tales: Kiana Shares her Journey of Learning to Love Her 3b Curls
Texture Tales: Kiana Shares her Journey of Learning to Love Her 3b Curls
"I started to understand that loving your natural hair is a revolution; one that will help you love yourself more as well."
The 20 best styling products for Type 3 curls
The 20 best styling products for Type 3 curls
Type 3 curlies, check out our list of the 20 best styling products that will help you achieve bouncier, more voluminous, more defined, and longer-lasting curls.
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26 Favorite Curly Girl Method Products for Wavy Hair
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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.
Texture Tales: Kiana Shares her Journey of Learning to Love Her 3b Curls
Texture Tales: Kiana Shares her Journey of Learning to Love Her 3b Curls
"I started to understand that loving your natural hair is a revolution; one that will help you love yourself more as well."
The 20 best styling products for Type 3 curls
The 20 best styling products for Type 3 curls
Type 3 curlies, check out our list of the 20 best styling products that will help you achieve bouncier, more voluminous, more defined, and longer-lasting curls.
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26 Favorite Curly Girl Method Products for Wavy Hair
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