- Type 4 is kinky, or very tightly curled, with a clearly visible curl pattern
- Circumference: Crochet needle or even smaller
- The hair is very wiry, very tightly coiled and very, very fragile
- Type 4 hair can range from fine/thin to wiry/coarse with lots and lots of strands densely packed together
- Type 4 hair has fewer cuticle layers than any other hair type, which means that it has less natural protection from the damage you inflict by combing, brushing, curling, blow-drying and straightening it
- Type 4 hair is known to shrink up to 75% of the actual hair length
Anything that says curl defining I usually pass up. Why? I have almost 0% curl definition, 75% shrinkage, and the thought of letting water touch my hair after it finally dries, scares me. So, products that are loose/ watery usually don't work for me. In addition, they shrink my hair. Those are usually the curl definers. Oh yeah, that's also why Wash n' Go styles don't work for me - water = shrinkage = a carpet like appearance.
The funny thing is, 4b/c hair needs water - but not for styling purposes, just for moisturizing purposes. Usually, I let my hair air-dry, because blow-drying it makes my hair weak and more prone to breakage. My routine is a two-strand twist or braid my hair while it dries.
On a good day my hair resembles fluffy cotton candy. It's light and airy and very very poofy. I like it like that. On a bad day, like if my hair got wet, my hair will shrink so small that it will resemble a small Brillo pad by the middle of the day:
I was a product junkie for about 5 months. That was until I realized that my hair wasn't like Tracee Ellis Ross' hair and that most products marketed for natural hair wouldn't work for me. I started making my own products and searching the world of YouTube for other 4b ladies - mimicking their techniques. Through patienece, I learned that my hair likes oil - coconut, shea, and olive oil. It likes cream moisturizers, and hates anything labeled a styling gel.