Natural Hair Types & Tips for 4 (a,b,c)

Have you ever wondered which type of hair you have? All Afro hair is not the same. There is chemistry behind your curlicues curls. Depending on the number of curls, wave, feel and texture, there are various groups of natural hair types that can be found.

Type 4 hairs can be found in the most black woman. This type of hair is extremely wiry and very much kinky. It has a very fragile hair texture. It seems very strong and healthy but it breaks so easily. This type of hair is very rough and dry so it is important to moisture hair properly to avoid the tangles.



This type of hair is tightly coiled and has a ‘S’ shaped pattern. These spiral coils are quite defined and stretchable. It has a texture that retains moisture well but still has a habit to get dry. It can hold the moisture better than other types but still breaks easily due to its bad natural protection.

Quick Hair Tips: If you have 4A hair then you should use the shampoo that contains jojoba oil or tea tree oil. Butter also can be used for moisturizing hair.

Deep conditioning is must task to do after using shampoo. Apply warm coconut oil all over into scalp and hair and rinse it after 5 minutes.

Don’t wash your hair every day with shampoo. It will make hair more dry and fragile.

4B Natural Hair Types

This type of hair is little bit different from 4A. It has a Zigzag shape like ‘Z’. This curl is less defined and tighter. Its texture is super thin and soft. It is wirier than 4A. It tends to get shrink, so it makes the hair look shorter than its actual length.

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Quick Hair Tips: As this hair type gets dried out very easily, so using moisturize is the key of keeping hair alive. Treat your hair with coconut oil, castor oil or almond oil at least twice in a week.

Deeply condition your hair after applying shampoo.

Keep avoiding shampoo for everyday use to avoid fragile hair.


This type has the tightest coils and has less definition and more shrinkage than type 4B. It is thinner, softer and finer than previous type. 4C is the most delicate type.

Quick Hair Tips: Moisturize your hair on a daily basis. Use creamy, sulfate-free moisturizing cleanser. Use coconut oil, avocado oil or olive oil for treating your hair with extra moisturizes.

Apply super hydrating conditioner after using shampoo.

Don’t use shampoo every day or it will rinse off natural oil of scalp.

Hairstyles Example for 4a/b/c:

  1. One Side Clipped: It is a very easy way to style curly hair. Clipped your hair on the one side and leave rest of the hair free and you are ready to go!


  1. High Buns: Twist your hair up and knot in one or more buns. It will give you a careless joyful look.


  1. Braids: It will be very easy for you if you already know how to make braids. Brush your hair gently and make a one-sided braid. Leave some hair on the forehead like bangs.


Myths about 4a/b/c Natural Hair Types

There is a common myth or misconception about curly hair that it does not grow fast. NEVER believe in this. Curly hair has the same potential as straight hair for growing. It takes some time to grow as straight hair.

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Another misconception is “Curly Hair Is Strong”, where we all know by now that curly hair is finest and thinnest and needs to be treated as a silk cloth. Always take extra care of your curls.

NEVER EVER STRAIGHTEN YOUR HAIR! ….yes another myth. You can straight your curls with straightener, but always make sure that you are using a good straightener. Avoid doing this on daily basis and always moisturize.

It does not matter what type of hair you have, never forget to take care of it. Always eat healthily and drink water. Good Luck!

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