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.
15 Major Short Haircut Ideas for Type 4 Hair
15 Major Short Haircut Ideas for Type 4 Hair
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How to Brush Style Curly Hair - the RIGHT Way
How to Brush Style Curly Hair - the RIGHT Way
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3 Reasons Why 4c Hair Is Different Than Other Texture Types
3 Reasons Why 4c Hair Is Different Than Other Texture Types
The tightness of 4c coils provides all the characteristics that set it apart from other hair type.

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.
15 Major Short Haircut Ideas for Type 4 Hair
15 Major Short Haircut Ideas for Type 4 Hair
We are completely on board the #shorthairdontcare train.
How to Brush Style Curly Hair - the RIGHT Way
How to Brush Style Curly Hair - the RIGHT Way
Rethink the mantra "never brush curly hair."
3 Reasons Why 4c Hair Is Different Than Other Texture Types
3 Reasons Why 4c Hair Is Different Than Other Texture Types
The tightness of 4c coils provides all the characteristics that set it apart from other hair type.

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.
15 Major Short Haircut Ideas for Type 4 Hair
15 Major Short Haircut Ideas for Type 4 Hair
We are completely on board the #shorthairdontcare train.
How to Brush Style Curly Hair - the RIGHT Way
How to Brush Style Curly Hair - the RIGHT Way
Rethink the mantra "never brush curly hair."
3 Reasons Why 4c Hair Is Different Than Other Texture Types
3 Reasons Why 4c Hair Is Different Than Other Texture Types
The tightness of 4c coils provides all the characteristics that set it apart from other hair type.