Trying to figure out your hair type can be a tricky process. Especially when you notice curl patterns that fall on the type 4 spectrum. For instance, what are the characteristics to look for when it comes to 4c hair? And how do you differentiate between 4c and 4b curl types?
To the average person, this might seem a bit complicated and even overwhelming. (Don’t worry, we won’t judge if you’re clueless about the hair type system.) However, knowing your curl pattern could potentially make your hair regimen ten times easier, from the products you buy to the tools you use to detangle. So, if you’re struggling to tame those coils and you’re not quite sure if they’re 4c, we enlisted the help of a few experts to break down exactly what this hair type is—and the best ways to take care of it.
Meet the Experts:
- Starr Mason is a field education leader for the Hair Cuttery Family of Brands and stylist with 30 years of experience under her belt.
- Dawn Myers is the founder of Richualist, a beauty brand that caters to women of color with textured hair.
- Tamika Gibson is a licensed cosmetologist, master hair care educator and founder of The Ashley Marie Collection, a brand that sells wigs.