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
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
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.
Black woman should be able to feel confident and comfortable while having their hair natural, especially during formal occasions or dressing up in general.
Too many of us feel like we need to get our hair straightened or manipulated in order to “tame” it, when our hair is fine how it is. Our hair texture is not too ugly or inappropriate for formal occasions. Our hair is not too unprofessional for interviews or office jobs either.
We need to challenge ourselves to embrace our hair all the time and encourage others to do the same. Inspire other Black girls and women to wear their natural curls not only casually, but whenever they feel the need to get their hair done for the wrong reasons.
Representation matters, and that is exactly what opened my eyes and made me realize my hair is enough. My hair is good hair no matter what anyone says.
If you want to inspire other Black women and girls, or challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone, please consider taking pictures of yourselves rocking your 4 type hair. It doesn’t matter the occasion. If you decide to submit or post photos in a formal setting, share your reason. Tell us why you went natural in general if you’d like.
Feel free to share your natural hair stories, routines, and so on.
Our hair is not just hair. It is part of our culture. It is part of us. We should be proud and celebrate it. No more crying or insecurities about our hair. Only praises, upliftment, and self love–which is why I am calling this idea “NapturalAnthem“.
Please tag your pictures, stories, hair hacks and tips NapturalAnthem. Either submit or post it yourself and include the tag
Society, in and outside the Black community needs to start singing a new tune when it comes to 4 type hair.
Here’s a short list of natural hair videos to get you started.
From left to right from the photos above (video links)
Sometimes I hate seeing the bombshells blogs of black women. Yeah these are very beautiful women, and I understand you wanna show the world that black is beautiful (because it is). But you must understand that ALL black is beautiful. This means the ones with little butt, and the ones with small boobs. The ones who don’t know how to do that perfect eyeliner and those perfect eyebrows. The ones who don’t have those voluptuous curves. The ones who have type 4 hair and those who have type 5 hair (And yes it does exist.) Bottom line us as a whole ARE BOMBSHELLS and to only view one side of it, what’s deemed as beautiful by society is kind of irritating to other black girls and women like me that can’t relate because I look nothing like them.
I find sjws ruins a lot of good terms. White passing (in U.S) for instance, would have referred to the days of Jim Crow where there were black people who looked light enough that they could pass for white and thus not be subject to Jim Crow laws. A normal person would see that as an indication of how racist society was and remember that if white passing people got caught, there were dire consequences for that. And white passing never meant that they didn't experience racism (1/2)
It was supposed to mean they didn’t face the same type of racism as darker skinned individuals. But of course in sjw mind, this gets relegated to privilege and white passing people start getting bashed. -_- Same thing with colorism. In history in U.S, the darker you were, the worse you were generally treated, (names calling such as tar baby, darkies, etc). Now, light skin black people according to sjws need to shut up with their “tears” and check their privilege. (2/3)
And now even hair! We have a range of hair for black people, but generally it’s coily/kinky, but’s it’s different types (3c, 4a, 4b, 4c). 4c is the most discriminated against, so everyone else with “good hair” or better type of hair, gets to shut up or worse shouldn’t be the face of a movement. I wish these assholes would understand, that someone not being subjected to discrimination or abuse doesn’t make them an emotional punching bag for you to dump your nonsense on. (3/3)
That’s a really important description.
And the thing is, what the lighter-skinned or “white-passing” people don’t experience when it comes to skin-colour-based racism from outsiders, they often then end up having to deal with skin-colour-based racism from what’s supposed to be their own community. So it’s not as if they can “win” anywhere, and it’s not fair that their issues or examples of discrimination are just shoved aside.
Rest in Peace to the beautiful LongHairDontCare2011 of YouTube. She passed away April 9th due to lupus complications.
If you would like to, please donate to her fund to help with service and cremation costs. Please see the link below.
From her friend: I am truly in a horrible place emotionally. My great friend, which many of you know as Domin, lhdc2011, and longhairdontcare2011 (YouTube) passed away yesterday, April 9th, 2014 due to Lupus complications. She was 27.
Type 4A is tightly coiled hair that has an “S” pattern. It has more moisture than 4B; it has a definite curl pattern. The circumference of the spirala is close to that of a crochet needle. The hair can be wiry or fine-textured. It is very fragile with lots of strands densely packed together. Type 4 hair has fewer cuticle layers than other hair types, which means it has less natural protection from damage.
4A celebrities: Macy Gray, Solange Knowles, Leela James
Start your coily springy regimen with co-washing. This will cleanse and condition your coils without out its natural oils. Restore and renew your dry coily springy hair with a deep conditioner once a week. Hydrate, soften and nourish your coily springy hair with moisturizers
As I’ve previously stated, I’ve had my share of BCs, just about 3, within the last 5 years. Along my journey, I’ve learned a lot on my own. Somethings I was warned about, others I truly had to learn on my own. I’m going to shed some light on some of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned. Understand that I do not rep #teamnatural or anything like that. I’m just a squirrel in a world trying my nut lol (I’ve always wanted to say that), but seriously I’m just finding what works for me. So I’m going to tell you all the secrets I wish I was warned of.
1. Having natural hair is not less maintenance.
Sorry but that is a crock of shit. Washing my hair, thoroughly, deep conditioning and twisting my hair takes just about 4 hours. By the time it’s all over, my fingers are all pruney and my back hurts because of the arching as I twist the back of my head. Meanwhile, a perm took me about 2-3 hrs. A wash was about 1-1.5 hrs. Weaving takes me 2hrs.
… oh, and don’t even talk about me about a wash and go. Type 4 hair does not like that shit. Maybe I were a type 3 but I’m type 4a/4b with ONE 3c curl in the back.
2. Doing your hair will no longer be relaxing.
I’ve come to dread it. The arm aches. The time that could’ve gone to studying for Psych Statistic. The detangling. The single strand knots. It blows my happy sometimes. I was once the girl who got happy when I got a wash and set, perm, weave, whatever. Now that all that is replaced with me having to detangle and then twist my hair until my fingers are pruney and then some, I HATE DOING MY HAIR.
… oh, and twist outs?? They do not last no 3-4 days unless your hair is shoulder stretched out. Currently my hair is like 1.5 inches and my twist outs lasts 2 days. By day 3 my hair is not looking great point blank.
3. Eco styler gel flakes.
These damn YouTube people talmbout how Eco Styler Gel doesn’t flake but when I scratch my scalp, I see flakes of gel on my desk. Perhaps I used too much gel? Well the more gel you use, the better your koils come out. So you just have to accept the flakes.
.. my favorite though has to be between the clear one (it has no unnecessary dye) and the olive oil my hair responded really well to it.
4. Being natural is not cheaper.
I spend more money now, trying to figure out what works for my hair in its natural state. I have wasted money on products that don’t mesh well with my hair. These products targeted for natural hair are more expensive than the simple items I used to use on my hair.
5. You will miss your hair.
Some days you’ll be pissed that you even cut your hair off. There will be days you’ll want slap a relaxer on it and call it a day. Bringing to my last point…
6. You may come to realize this isn’t for you and that’s just fine.
If you ever feel like this isn’t for you, then its okay. This does not mean you don’t love yourself. It takes maturity to understand that you don’t have to follow a trend. You can just be you and do what works for you. This is not about being #teamnatural. It’s about finding your way to healthy hair.
7. You can achieve healthy hair with a relaxer.
I know of women who relax and have long healthy hair. Their hair is not thinned out due to the relaxers. So don’t feel like being natural is the only way to achieve healthy hair.