What's type four hair?
It’s the thickest hair type, and is unique to people with black/African blood in them. it’s a very common hair type for black women.
Type four hair is broken down into three sections
4a, 4b, 4c, with 4a being the loosest of the thickest and 4c being the thickest of the thickest.
Type 4a hair:
Type 4b hair:
Type 4c hair (my hair type)
Someone with type 4 hair may have all type 4 hair textures in their hair (4 a-c), but it’s more common for someone to have both 4b and 4c hair since those are similar.
Type 4a is loose yet thick at the same time but has a definite curl pattern. It’s very curly.
Type 4b hair is kinky and not nearly as loose. Like type 4c hair it can stand like an afro but more than often it has a kinky curly pattern.
Type 4c hair is the thickest and unlike the others does not have a curl pattern. It is very kinky coily and literally defies gravity. It almost always stands up in an afro state, and even if it is long, it still stands up unless it is stretched. 4c hair has the most shrinkage, meaning that you can have back length hair, but if it is wet is shrinks up like a sponge to a smaller, afro like state.
It is what people refer to as nappy hair and what not.
Type 4 hair (especially 4c) is the most discriminated and made fun of in both the natural hair community and outside of the community which is why so many black women fear going natural because they don’t wanna have type 4 hair.
But honestly, type 4 hair is amazing and it’s sad society has made us think it’s awful. I have 4 hair and I love it.