In the natural hair community hair typing is a popular discussion. Knowing your hair type is very useful in understanding why your hair responds to certain products and why it doesn’t respond to others. Knowing your hair type is very useful in understanding which hair styles are best for your hair. Knowing your hair type is very useful in understanding how to care for your hair. Here are 3 basic things I’ve learned about type 4 hair in comparison to type 3 hair.
Women with 4abc coily/kinky hair as myself, find very little success when using gel to define our curls. While type 4′s can use gel, it is much better used for slicking and smoothing, than for curl definition.
Women with 3abc coily/curly hair, find great success when using gel. Her curl pattern is brought to life and held into place. Many type 3 curlies don’t even need to use gel in order to see their true curl definition because her hair has a very defined curl pattern, naturally.
Women with 4abc coily/kinky hair as myself, have very little curl definition and lot’s of frizz. Loose styles (afros and twist outs) don’t maintain moisture as well as braided or twisted styles do. Type 4 hair also holds twists and braids with ease, no barrettes or bands are needed at the ends of the hair.
Women with 3abc coily/curly hair have lot’s of curl definition. Loose styles can maintain moisture, but braided and twist styles don’t hold as easily, tending to loosen and become frizzy sooner.
Women with 4abc coily/kinky hair, have to moisturize frequently! When we don’t our hair is greatly effected by the lack of moisture. For me I find success in moisturizing my hair every 3-4 days, but there are many who must moisturize on a daily basis. Oils and butters absorb into the hair strand very easily. Less washing is recommended to maintain moisture into the hair.
Women with 3abc coily/curly hair don’t need as much moisturizing, but all hair needs moisturizing and type 3 curlies are no exception. The difference when it comes to type 3′s, is that if she moisturizes too often or if she uses heavy moisturizers, her hair will be heavy, weighed down and oily. Frequent washing may be needed to control the moisture levels in her hair, this is especially true for type 3a.
Hope this helps you figure out what type you belong to. 🙂
Until next time. Stay Blessed.