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what's the difference between type 4a 4b and 4c hair?

How To Tell The Difference Between 4b and 4c Hair Types

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HOW TO TELL YOUR HAIR TYPE

A VISUAL GUIDE THROUGH HAIR TYPES

Can you distinguish hair types 4b and 4c apart? In the video above, I discuss the different hair types and compare them. In particular, determining the difference between type 4b and 4c hair types. Then I’ll take my research and look at the strands of my own hair to determine my hair type. For the comparison, I’ve used the modified Andre Walker hair typing chart (below). I’ve also included photos of each hair type and video footage of my hair strands against the hair chart. Some of the photos are sourced from Naturally Curly and Kenny Olapade

what's the difference between type 4a 4b and 4c hair?

This is the Andre Walker hair typing system. Who is he and why do we know him? He was Oprah’s hair stylist for years on her show. He won many Emmys for his work and he became well known because of his expertise.  When looking at the chart, you’ll notice there’s not 3c or 4c hair types represented. The hierarchal structure of the chart and omission of hair types got him a lot of heat. Many people in the natural hair community were upset and felt excluded.

Andre Walker
Andre Walker and Oprah

When was hair type 3c & 4c introduced? It seems that Naturally Curly heard the outcry and created a modified chart that included the missing hair types. Now we have 3c and 4c naturals represented.

hair typing system

WHAT ARE THE HAIR TYPES?

Hair type 1 is the easiest to spot. It’s bone straight naturally. Below are the remaining hair types.

hair type 2
hair type 3
hair type 4

Type 4a appears to have larger visible coils.

4b can shrink up to 70% (left), however when wet and dry the coils appear to clump together throughout the hair shaft. 4c hair (right) clumps only at the ends and usually shrinks more than 4b hair. It also seems to have a slightly more cottony appearance wet and dry. When deciphering between the two, I tend to look at the amount of shrinkage and how the coils clump when wet or dry to tell the difference.

Here are the textures side by side. They are very identical and can get mixed up easily.

wet 4b hair
wet 4c hair
4b hair
4c hair

MY HAIR TYPE

Based on my hair being soaking wet and the photos I chose for reference, I’d say my hair is mostly 4c with traces of 4b in the front, and 4a on the sides above my side burns. I encourage you to watch my video until the end for reference. 

what's the difference between type 4a 4b and 4c hair?
easy wash day routine 4c hair

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Bantu Knots zulu knots hairstyle

Beautiful Bantu Knot Tutorial

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WATCH THIS BEAUTIFUL BANTU KNOT TUTORIAL

Bantu Knots are a style created by the Zulu people of South Africa, and “bantu” translates to “people” in many African languages. It’s a gorgeous style that has been worn by many celebrities like, Scary Spice, Jada Pinkett Smith (Matrix) and Rihanna. If you enjoy learning about the history of black hairstyles, check out these articles by history.com, and naturallycurly.com.

Quick Tip: This style is a little easier to do on stretched hair, as you can tuck the ends faster, but it doesn’t have to be flat ironed or blow dried. It’s best that the hair is slightly damp, but not soaking wet to help with drying time.

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Bantu Knots zulu knots hairstyle
Bantu Knots zulu knots

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Is Natural Hair Really That Hard To Manage?

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It’s common to hear that type 4 hair is hard to manage. Complaints about shrinkage, detangling time, lack of curls, unruliness, and its unattractive look are almost “facts” in the natural hair community. Natural hair in conversation typically comes with a list of pros and cons in relation to chemically treated hair.
Don’t get me wrong, venting from time to time is valid – we all get frustrated.  However, the idea that type 4 hair is hard to manage as a rule? We should think long and hard about that.

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Easiest Wash Day Routine For Type 4 Hair

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This is a simple, easy, and effective hair wash routine for hair types 4c 4b and 4a. I don’t know about you, but when I first went natural, I did the absolute MOST on wash days. Sat under dryers, steamers, hot oil treatments weekly, blow dryers, aloe vera juice, oil concoctions – ANYTHING I saw other naturals do that claimed to promote hair growth. As my life got busier and more complex, I couldn’t afford to spend hours weekly on my hair routine, so I simplified it. I thought my hair would suffer, but surprisingly, it didn’t. Here’s my updated SUPER SIMPLE wash day routine.

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Fix A Failed Natural Hairstyle FAST

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How do you fix a failed natural hairstyle? Most of us have been there. We’ve spent HOURS  on a bantu knot out, braid out, twist out, or a wash ‘n go only to be met with disappointment. A failed hairstyle in the natural hair community is so common. That’s why I’ve perfected how to fix failed hairstyle. I hope you enjoy watching how I’ve transformed this fail into a beautiful special occasion updo.

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5 Ways To Be Productive From Home

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5 Ways To Be Productive From Home

I want to mention that this video doesn’t take into account the negative emotional toll social distancing and dealing with our pandemic has caused. If you truly need a time out, TAKE IT.

If you’re going a little stir crazy due to current circumstances with Coronavirus COVID-19 (and you’re healthy), here are five ways to level up from home. Practicing healthy habits and spending time with loved ones is most important right now. We can use this time to get stronger, smarter, and closer to our loved ones. Try your best not to panic and stay positive. I know it’s challenging. My heart goes out to everyone in need. I love you all! *hugs*

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Ways To Be Productive From Home
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If you’re in the mood for creativity, check my Youtube natural hairstyles playlist for hair tutorials. I’ve also got a youtube tab here on the navigation bar at the top of this page where you can see all of my videos that upload every thursday. Subscribe to my newsletter, so you don’t miss any of my content. See ya in your inbox soon!

I Copied A Cartoon’s Hairstyle – Hair Love Short Film Reaction

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I didn’t grow up with a father, so I find myself particularly touched emotionally when I see stories that depict healthy father-daughter relationships.

In response to the 2020 Oscar winning short film, Hair Love, I chose to recreate the faux hawk hairstyle in the film. Hair Love is an animated film about an African American father trying to do his daughter’s hair for the first time. The film was created by Mathew A. Cherry.

This Get Ready With Me (GRWM) video shares my reaction to the film while doing my hair and sharing my personal experience growing up without a father. This film is FANTASTIC and well deserving for the 2020 Oscar.

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