Do you know enough about your texture?

By Drum Digital
05 August 2014

Type 4 hair is very wiry, very tightly coiled and very, very fragile.

Most black South African women with natural hair have hair that falls under the Type 4C category. This hair is kinky and very tightly curled.  It's also very wiry,tightly coiled and fragile. Type 4 hair appears to be coarse but is quite fine with many strands densely packed together. It feels more silky than it looks shiny.

This 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. The more cuticle layers in a single strand of hair, the more protection it has from damage. Each you use a curling iron or chemicals you break down a cuticle layer which means your hair loses moisture. 

Showing the true length of Type 4C hair can be an extra challenge, as the hair may grow “up” or “out” before starting to hang down. Shrinkage for this hair type is known to be as high as 75% of the actual hair length.  This hair type needs extra moisture and tender care to prevent breakage.


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