What’s Your Curl Pattern?
Type 3 hair includes lightly curly to very curly hair patterns that are well-defined and springy. Curly hair has a lot of body and can be easily styled in its natural state or straightened with a blow-dryer. Despite its appearance, type 3 curls are soft and fine rather than coarse.
Here are hair tips you can’t live without:
Use the right tools – a wide tooth comb is a must have
Find the best products – choose medium weight products like
Damage control – make sure to always use a detangler.
Type 4 hair
Tiny “Z” shaped ringlets and shallow to deep “S” curls define this curl pattern. Coarse, densely packed, tightly coiled. Appears resilient but is actually very fragile. Won’t shine but can have sheen. May feel moisturized but not look it. Commonly referred to as 4a, 4b and 4c curl patterns.
4a – Tightly curled but has a visible curly-kinky texture.
4b – Kinky texture when dry, but is actually a looser curl pattern when wet. Very little visible curl definition.
4c – Very tightly curled with a short, “Z” curl pattern. Texture remains tight or has even more shrinkage when wet. No visible curl definition. Here are some simple facts: kinky hair is naturally drier. As a result, it has a natural tendency to tangle and can become brittle and break.
If you add improper hair care & thermal styling to the mix, you can damage and destroy the integrity of your natural texture, making it nearly impossible to see the true potential and beauty of your kinky hair. The truth is that kinky hair is the most versatile on the texture spectrum. Your hair should be cared for like your favorite cashmere sweater, not a tee-shirt! Kinky hair needs extreme hydration in every step of your hair care and styling routine.