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.
Express Yourself: Camp Story Inspires Curly Kids To Be Themselves
Express Yourself: Camp Story Inspires Curly Kids To Be Themselves
“I created this to pay homage because that’s where my family is from and I know these children wouldn’t have this opportunity any other way. I show up for the people whom I feel need it most because I feel like I’m extensions of them.” - Maureen Nicol, founder and director of Camp Story
9 Frizz Fighters for Wavy & Curly Hair in Humidity
9 Frizz Fighters for Wavy & Curly Hair in Humidity
Here are some awesome options to help fight frizz when the moisture in the air is not on our side.
7 Quick Tips That Make Traveling with Curly Hair So Much Easier
7 Quick Tips That Make Traveling with Curly Hair So Much Easier
Planning a summer vacation? Check out hair and fashion blogger, UK Curly Girls tips to a successful and frizz-free trip!

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.
Express Yourself: Camp Story Inspires Curly Kids To Be Themselves
Express Yourself: Camp Story Inspires Curly Kids To Be Themselves
“I created this to pay homage because that’s where my family is from and I know these children wouldn’t have this opportunity any other way. I show up for the people whom I feel need it most because I feel like I’m extensions of them.” - Maureen Nicol, founder and director of Camp Story
9 Frizz Fighters for Wavy & Curly Hair in Humidity
9 Frizz Fighters for Wavy & Curly Hair in Humidity
Here are some awesome options to help fight frizz when the moisture in the air is not on our side.
7 Quick Tips That Make Traveling with Curly Hair So Much Easier
7 Quick Tips That Make Traveling with Curly Hair So Much Easier
Planning a summer vacation? Check out hair and fashion blogger, UK Curly Girls tips to a successful and frizz-free trip!

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.
Express Yourself: Camp Story Inspires Curly Kids To Be Themselves
Express Yourself: Camp Story Inspires Curly Kids To Be Themselves
“I created this to pay homage because that’s where my family is from and I know these children wouldn’t have this opportunity any other way. I show up for the people whom I feel need it most because I feel like I’m extensions of them.” - Maureen Nicol, founder and director of Camp Story
9 Frizz Fighters for Wavy & Curly Hair in Humidity
9 Frizz Fighters for Wavy & Curly Hair in Humidity
Here are some awesome options to help fight frizz when the moisture in the air is not on our side.
7 Quick Tips That Make Traveling with Curly Hair So Much Easier
7 Quick Tips That Make Traveling with Curly Hair So Much Easier
Planning a summer vacation? Check out hair and fashion blogger, UK Curly Girls tips to a successful and frizz-free trip!