Idk how to tell the difference between 4b and 4c hair? could someone help me figure it out?

I just started this whole natural thing and right now i'm going through the process of finding what products are good for me. The only problem i'm having is figuring out if i'm 4b or 4c. For my big chop I went to see a professional. She told me my hair was rough on the top but soft in the back but to me it all feels rough lol. I attached a photo of my hair after I tried to do it myself and just wanted to know if someone could help me figure it out

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Cute pix! Is this helpful at all?: Type 4b has a "Z" pattern, less of a defined curl pattern. Instead of curling or coiling, the hair bends in sharp angles like the letter "Z". Type 4 hair has a cotton-like feel. The hair is very wiry, very tightly coiled or bent and very, very fragile; you must take great care when working with it. Type 4 hair can range from fine/thin to wiry/coarse with lots and lots of strands densely packed together. Type 4b hair often shrinks up to 75% of the actual hair length. 4b celebrites include: Esperanza Spalding, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Lauryn Hill.Type 4c hair is composed of curl patterns that will almost never clump without doing a specific hair style. It can range from fine/thin/super soft to wiry/coarse with lots of densely packed strands. 4c hair has been described as a more "challenging" version of 4b hair. Some say 4c looks identical to 4b except that the curls are so tightly kinked, there is seemingly no definition. 4c hair can shrink more than 75%. 4c celebrites include: Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and Aevin Dugas.
4c hair generally doesn't seem to have any curl definition at all and it's difficult to get it to have defined curls and make the curls last. I have 4b hair (the roots of my hair are 4a) and my aunt has 4c hair. When my hair dries naturally with no product, it shrinks up to neck length and looks like an extremely dry hay bale. However, my hair curls very easily with product and with a simple twist-out or braid-out, my hair is soft and bouncy with defined curls. I have hair that is considered coarse but hers is more coarse than mine and she cannot achieve soft or defined curls with wash n gos or braid-outs or twist-outs. The plus side to her having very coarse hair is that it can withstand a lot of damage. Even when she had a relaxer her hair stayed very thick and looked very thick and did not break much.
I love your texture! I think you're a 4b...I know it's hard to tell, but usually if you can't distinguish between 4c and 4b it means you have both on your head....which is totally normal! Lots of people have two different textures on their head. I have 2b and 2c. My hair gets really curly in the back, and in the front, it's more wavy. As far as product searching goes, I think if you pick products for either 4b or 4c you will be safe. But remember, no two curls are the same. It will take trial and error to find what products work best for you. A trick to solve this problem is not to pay attention to hair type, but pay attention to your hair's needs. Do you need moisture? Is your hair prone to breakage? Answering those questions will help you find the best products. Good luck!