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Type 4

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Type 4a Kinky Hair
Type 4a Kinky Hair
Type 4a Kinky Hair
Type 4 Kinky Hair

Type 4 - Kinky Hair

4a Hair TypeKelis 4a Hair


  • Type 4 is kinky, or very tightly curled, with a clearly visible curl pattern
  • Circumference: Crochet needle or even smaller
  • The hair is very wiry, very tightly coiled and very, very fragile
  • Type 4 hair can range from fine/thin to wiry/coarse with lots and lots of strands densely packed together
  • Type 4 hair has fewer cuticle layers than any other hair type, which means that it has less natural protection from the damage you inflict by combing, brushing, curling, blow-drying and straightening it
  • Type 4 hair is known to shrink up to 75% of the actual hair length
  • There are two Type 4 subtypes:

4a: Tightly coiled hair that, when stretched, has an "S" pattern, much like curly hair. It tends to have more moisture than 4b; has a definite curl pattern

4a celebrities: Macy Gray, Monique Coleman, Leela James

4b: Has a "Z" pattern, less of a defined curl pattern. Instead of curling or coiling, the hair bends in sharp angles like the letter "Z"; has a cotton-like feel

4b celebrities: Esperanza Spalding, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu


The best Jessicurl products for type 4 hair are:

If your hair is excessively dry, heat or color damaged, we suggest using the Deep Conditioning Treatment as your daily rinse-out conditioner and Too Shea as your leave-in.

Thanks to our friends at 
NaturallyCurly.com for sharing the Hair Typing System with us!