I'm 16 and I am still new to the whole natural thing and I'm still really confused about my hair…

There's been times I thought I was 4a, 4c, and 4b but I honestly cannot for the life of me figure this out. Just by looks what do you guys think? I have fine, but thick hair and it gets tangled extremely easy also it has a very soft feel and is a little passed shoulder length when stretched (the shrinkage is real) thanks in advance! I also figured I'd add that my hair floats in the porosity test I just forgot whether that was high or low. 

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You might have a mix of 4a/b it's fine but dense I think you mean. And floating means it's low porosity (it isn't very porous or absorptive so it sits on top of the water rather than taking it in, getting heavy and sinking). The curl pattern is less important than the porosity and how fine your hair is ---that will be a better guide as to what products to use! Low porosity hair doesn't do well with heavy products b/c they cannot penetrate. It seems to do best with lighter products. You don't want to weigh your hair down with too much emollience (greasiness). Shea Moisture Raw Shea Moisture Retention is a great shampoo (you can also co-wash with Tresemme Naturals when you don't shampoo). Kinky Curly Knot Today and Kinky Curly Curling Custard are great together but if you experience too much shrinkage then try one of the milks or leave ins from Shea Moisture. I'm sure there are some Lo-Po videos on YT but make sure the products are sulfate and silicone free for the healthiest hair (Curly Girl Method). Hope that at least opens the door to some more answers for you. ;)