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The Differences In Natural Hair

  • Those with natural 4a 4b and 4c curly hair types have some of the most unique and beautiful curl patterns!
However, this texture is also one of the most complicated and tricky to care for due to its tight curl patterns.
  • Type 4 natural hair will remain curly when it is damp and have tighter curls or coils when it is dry.
I am going to share with you some of the significant distinctions between the different textures and some great tips to take care of your texture.
  • Ringlets or coils are just very tight curls where the diameter of the curl is only a few millimeters wide.
My goal of this post is to help you learn everything you can to find the best way to grow and maintain long, thick, and a healthy head of hair no matter what texture you are.
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What Is Type 3 Hair?

Those with type 3 tend to have a lot of body, bounce and shine to their hair. The nose is typically high in luster. Luster is referring to the way light reflects off of the shaft. The hair is usually easy to style, manipulate, and straighten. Products are needed to define curls. I’m going to break down the differences between 3A, 3B & 3C.
3C Hair

3A Texture

Those with 3a have the loosest curl hair types possible. Anything looser than 3A will fall into the two categories. Those with the types 2a-2c will have waves and not curls. 3a natural types usually have a high shine to it, meaning it has a high luster.

3a curly does not typically do well heavy curl creams, oils, leave-in conditioners or heavy curl products in general as this will way down the hair and make it appear wavy instead of curly. This texture does best with water-based lightweight leave-in conditioners.

These curls have a full barrel sized curl as the hair gets longer curls to drop into an S shape due to the weight of the texture, making it appear to be more wavy than curly. An excellent way to avoid using the wrong product on your hair is to look at the ingredients. If the first 1-3 ingredients are mineral oil or petroleum, then more than likely, the product will be to heave or oily for your natural.

From my experience of being a natural influencer, I see that this curl pattern is predominant in those who are Hispanic.

To define these curls a simple wash and go with a light spray leave-in works best. Then allow the hair to air dry.

3b hair

3B Texture

Those with 3b have similar properties to 3a. This pattern also typically tends to be high in luster with lots of bodies and bounce to the hair. The curl pattern of 3b is slightly tighter and smaller than that of 3a. The barrel of the curl resembles that of a wide Crayola marker.

3b hair is where you may start to see frizz and puffiness within the hair chart. Those with 3b natural textures may need to use leave-in conditioners and some lightweight curl creams to keep the frizz at bay. However, it is still straightforward and quite effortless to define 3b naturally.

Wash and goes are ubiquitous and a trendy style for those who have 3b texture. If this is your hair then the less you manipulate the texture, the more defined the curls will be. Great products to use on this type of hair are similar to those of 3A. Products that have glycerine in it work great as it is a water-based oil and will give high definition without weighing the hair down.

Although anyone and any ethnicity can have 3b curly, commonly seen in mixed or biracial individuals, people who are black or African American mixed with another ethnicity that typically tends to have straighter hair will usually have a looser curl. However, you do not have to be biracial to have a 3B curl pattern. Wash and go’s are very common and popular with those who have 3B.

3C hair type

3C Texture

3c has a unique feature that 3a and 3b do not have. 3b starts to grow up instead of down. Meaning that it will begin to grow straight out in the direction of the shaft, then as the hair gets longer and has weight to it, it will start to fall creating a rounded shape called the curly fro.

Corbin Bleu is an excellent example of this texture. 3c will require a mix between heaver curl cream and some lightweight water-based products as well. This is a product-loving texture. Most of my clients who have 3c can use almost any product.

It is a happy medium between loos curly and tight coily. This hair can get frizzy, and thus care products are needed to help define the curls and keep frizz at a minimum.

Those with 3c will start to do less wash and go’s and incorporate more stying into their routine. The most common way to define 3c curls is twisted outs as wash and go’s require more time and product.

A great curl defining tool for 3c is the Denman brush. There is a lot of other curls defining brushes on the market to choose from now.

Many ladies who have 3c are considered to have the best of both worlds when it comes to density and thickness. Density meaning how many strands you have and depth referring to how thick each strand is and creating a full head of curly natural hair!

What Is Type 4 Hair?

Hello my type 4 Natural divas! If you’ve made it to this post, you’re probably looking for everything on Type 4 hair. Well, we’ve got you covered. This ultimate guide on type 4 hair covers everything on how to determine your texture. Let’s jump right in.
Type 4 is referred to as nappy or kinky, but in fact, this is a one of the greatest curly hair types. The curls are so tight that professionals see to it as coily. Coily naturally grows up and out. It will require a lot of product and manipulation to get it to hang. Type 4 is soft and fluffy. It has a low luster with little bounce unless the strand is defined into a style. Type 4 can hold it’s shaped and it loves moisture.
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4a hair type

4A Texture

4A is one of three curly hair types spectrum. This type creates a tights-curl that looks like a spiral or small coil. This definition shows through when adequately moisturized. My ladies who fall into this category may have more than one curl pattern. But 4a will be the majority.

4a has small curls or coils. The size of the curl may be that of a pencil when fully hydrated. This curl pattern does well with twist outs, braid outs, Bantu knots, and many other styles.

Although a wash and go is possible with this texture, most ladies opt not to do that style because of the shrinkage. Due to the curly nature of 4a is has extreme shrinkage and does not show off its exact length well without stretching, it is a style. 4a does well with glycerin-based products. Depending on the porosity of the strands, you may need a heavier curl cream to seal in moisture.

4b hair type

4B Texture

If you’re having a hard time determining if your hair is an S-shaped curl or a tight z-curl you’re probably a 4B, also known as right in the middle. This type has a mix of really tights-curls or loose z-curls. 4b is often more flexible than 4c and can elongate a little further and stay elongated a bit longer than 4C. My divas with 4b have thick hair with a cotton appearance when not defined. It takes a little more effort to make the curls pop. This hair has a mix of coils and ringlets The majority of 4b ladies and shapes and styles their hair any anyway. 4b stands are usually excellent and easy to break and require constant moisture. Low manipulation styles are a great way to grow and maintain length. MNHE Coily Collection, as well as the Afro Kinky Collection,  offers extensions and clip-ins that blend amazingly with this curl pattern.

4c hair type

4C Texture

4C is densely packed and similar to a 4b, but this type typically has less definition and experiences the highest amount of shrinkage. The ringlets are so tight the curl on each other. Some people say that 4c has a z pattern, but that is incorrect. The hair does not make sharp points and kink back instead of it just curls around on itself. But it is still a curl! For instance, someone with 4c hair can have 12 inches of hair when stretched, but it may only appear to be 3-4 inches long in its natural wash and state.

Most 4c naturals do not like to wear wash and goes. The most popular way to style 4c is with twist outs and braid outs as they show a little more length and keep the hair stretched and manageable. The tight ringlets range from super fine and soft to wiry and coarse. 4C usually has a high level of porosity, making it easy to absorb moisture but just as easy to lose it. Oil-based products work well to seal that moisture in and are also great for style manipulation. Check out our blog on the LOC method! MNHE 4C hair clip Ins are sure to impress as they as made to look exactly like black women curly hair types.

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Hair Care & Routine

Washing every 1-2 weeks for all curly hair types!

  • Use a detangler on damp hair before washing your hair to comb your knots out, without rushing. You’d be surprised at what slow detangling can do for your hair.
  • Use a co-wash after rinsing out your detangler. Focus on the scalp to remove build-up.
  • Use a cleansing shampoo. One of our favorites is Shea Moisture Jamaican Castor Oil Shampoo. This shampoo cleans without stripping the hair.
  • Finish off with a deep leave-in conditioner. Let this sit in your hair for 15 minutes under a cap or in a steamer for best results.

Sleeping

  • Silk or satin, ladies! Keep those beautiful tresses covered at night with a scarf or bonnet. If you have time, you may want to twist your hair before sleeping to stretch your curls for the next day.
  • Natural Flat Twist Styles – This is our favorite goddess look. Ideal for fancy affairs, special occasions or a no-hassle do for the workweek. Also, be sure to use our best straight crochet hair to add additional length.
  • Crochet Braids – These are quickly becoming the most popular protective style to lengthen your hair without glue or wigs. With crochet braids, you can use coarse yaki crochet hair for styling. Crochet braids are super simple, and you can watch a great tutorial on that here.

Routine

Here are some recommendations on how to manage your Type 4 hair to keep it moisturized, healthy, and growing.

Moisturizer

You should use a daily moisturizer to revitalize your curls. It will also make it easier to manage for quick styling in the morning. Use one of the recommended styling products above to create your desired style. These products are ideal for helping keep 4C moisturized without the build-up. These products also aim to stay 4C hair manageable and soft.
  • Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Extra Dark
  • CURLS Blueberry Bliss Control Paste
  • Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream
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Shampooing & Conditioning
  • Use a detangler on damp hair before washing your hair to comb your knots out, without rushing. You’d be surprised at what slow detangling can do for your hair.
  • Use a co-wash after rinsing out your detangler. Focus on the scalp to remove build-up.
  • Use a cleansing shampoo. One of our favorites is Shea Moisture Jamaican Castor Oil Shampoo. This shampoo cleans without stripping the hair.
  • Finish off with a deep leave-in conditioner. Let this sit in your hair for 15 minutes under a cap or in a steamer for best results.
Sleeping / Night Time Care
  • Silk or satin, ladies! Keep those beautiful tresses covered at night with a scarf or bonnet. If you have time, you may want to twist your hair before sleeping to stretch your curls for the next day.
  • Natural Flat Twist Styles – This is our favorite goddess look. Ideal for fancy affairs, special occasions or a no-hassle do for the workweek. Also, be sure to use our best straight crochet hair to add additional length.
  • Crochet Braids – These are quickly becoming the most popular protective style to lengthen your hair without glue or wigs. With crochet braids, you can use coarse yaki crochet hair for styling. Crochet braids are super simple, and you can watch a great tutorial on that here.
Moisturizer

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You should use a daily moisturizer to revitalize your curls. It will also make it easier to manage for quick styling in the morning. Use one of the recommended styling products above to create your desired style. These products are ideal for helping keep 4C moisturized without the build-up.

These products also aim to stay 4C hair manageable and soft.

  • Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Extra Dark
  • CURLS Blueberry Bliss Control Paste
  • Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream