Coily Hair - Type 4

Type 4 - Creative & Coily (Kinky/Coily)

  1. Type 4 hair is coily and tightly curled without the defined ringlets that Type 3 has. Type 4 hair typically keeps the same shape whether it is wet or dry.
  2. Type 4 tends to be dry because of the shape of individual hair strands. The textured hair stands do not allow the natural oils produced by the scalp go far down the hair shaft.
  3. Type 4 has a problem with getting moisture to the scalp and maintaining shine. 

A few celebrities that have the kinky/coily hair type: Janelle Monáe, Lupita Nyong'o, Solange Knowles, Macy Gray

Type 4A

Type 4A is a head full of mini curls. These ringlets can have a diameter that ranges between that of a pen coil to a pencil and they are springy in nature.

This hair type can shrink down to less than half its length when its dry. Type 4A has the most defined curl pattern of the Type 4 category. 

Type 4B

Type 4B hair has tighter curls with a crimpy pattern. This hair type takes on the shape of “Z” shaped kinks and “S” shaped coils (easiest to see when wet).

To distinguish between Type 4B and Type 4C can be difficult, but Type 4B hair still is clearly defined in comparison to 4C. The roots of this hair type may not seem defined but the ends tend to have a clear curl pattern. 

Type 4C

Type 4C hair has a “Z” shaped pattern and tends to not be defined. This hair type is densely packed and has little definition and a lot more shrinkage. The texture of 4C hair ranges from fine to coarse. 

Tips & Tricks for the Creative & Coily

Similar to curly hair, the kinky/coily hair type needs to fight off frizz and retain moisture. You really need to experiment with different products for kinky/coily hair because of its range of diversity from person to person. 

Recommended Products: Start by finding a shampoo made specifically for curly hair and a moisturizing conditioner.

Then start utilizing a deep conditioning mask almost as often as you wash your hair. You should also look into hair oils and creams to lock in moisture and to add definition to your curls.

Styling Tips: When you get out of the shower, you will want to towel-dry your hair (try a microfiber towel or a cotton t-shirt) to remove excess moisture.

Towel-drying also reduces the risk of breakage and excessive dryness. After towel-drying, apply a leave-in conditioner and a styling cream to add moisture for a defined wash-and-go or two-strand twist. 



Butter Bomb is especially friendly to shrinkage-prone curls. Since curls and coils are prone to breakage, we see split ends from time to time. When that happens. Although all hair types and curl patterns benefit from butter bomb, curls in the latter 3 and 4 texture types will yield stunning results when using the formulation.

Hair Glow Hair Glow is pretty much the holy grail for your hair. It acts as a heat protectant, intensely moisturizes hair strands, prevents damaged hair and breakage, helps to prevent hair loss, hair thinning as well as aids in hair growth. Because of its moisture-retaining properties, this oil stays inside the hair instead of evaporating, making it one of the most effective hair treatments there is.

Hair Goals is most beneficial for Weak, Brittle Hair. Hair That's Dandruff Prone. It can also moisturize the scalp and is a dandruff remedy. Because it strengthens hair, it can also prevent hair loss, split ends, dry scalp, and promote hair thickness. 

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