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Type 4A hair: Everything you need to know

Type 4A hair: Everything you need to know

If describing your hair as just curly is a big understatement. Is your natural hair well defined, slightly dry and hair shrinkage is a daily struggle, then you probably have hair type 4a! For those with type 4A hair, the journey to embracing and maintaining their gorgeous coily locks can be both rewarding and challenging. We know that understanding your hair type is the first step in proper hair care and styling. But you don't have to worry anymore, we will tell you everything you need to know about this hair type. 

What is type 4A hair?

Type 4A hair is a unique coily hair type characterised by tightly wound curls that form a spiral pattern. These are well defined curls and range from fine to wiry in texture. Type 4A hair is known for its density and shrinkage, making it appear shorter when dry compared to its actual length when wet.

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Differences between 4a hair and other coily hair types

Type 4A hair shares some characteristics with other coily hair types like 4B and 4C. The key difference lies in the tightness of the curls. 4A curls are more defined with a looser spiral pattern compared to the densely packed, zigzag-like coils of 4B hair and the extremely tight coils and dense 4C hair. Understanding your specific curl pattern is essential for creating a suitable hair care routine.

How to care for type 4A Hair?

So how do you get the best out of your hair? Maintaining the health and beauty of your type 4A hair starts with a proper hair care routine


4A hair, like other curly hair types, often struggles with dryness just slightly more than other hair types. To maintain the natural texture and hair health, focus on moisture retention.

That's why we suggest switching between sulfate-free shampoo and co-wash. This way you will not strip too much of your natural oils. Our cleansing co-wash will keep your scalp clean and your hair moisturised. When applying our cleansing co-wash make sure you start at your roots. Use your fingers to gently rub the co wash in. Since it's not a shampoo it will not lather.

Hair mask

Follow this up with a deep conditioning treatment, using a product designed for coily hair and we got just the thing. Our Hydro Hug Hair Mask is perfect for this. This hydrating hair mask detangles the hair and restores the moisture balance by sufficiently hydrating the hair. Perfect for coily hair with slightly dry hair. Apply a generous amount of the hydro hug hair mask on super wet hair. On wash day, detangle your wet hair gently with a wide-tooth comb "The wetter the better!" Start from the bottom and work your way up!

Styling and protective styles

Explore various styling options like twist-outs, Bantu knots, or crochet styles to showcase your type 4A hair's versatility. These hairstyles aren't only beautiful they also protect your 4A hair from breakage and split ends. When taking out your bantu knots or twist-outs you'll see you have a different curl pattern than before, a totally different look with loose curls.


Incorporate moisturising treatments every once in a while to strengthen your hair strands and reduce breakage. At Curly Girl Movement we provide a 90 minute hair spa that will give your hair the love it deserves.

Ways to extra protect your 4A hair:

Since your 4A hair is prone to breakage or hair damage, you want to avoid that at all cost. You want to keep your hair as hydrated as possible so your natural hair doesn't become dry and frizzy. We suggest using our curly hair towel. Regular towels can dry your hair too fast, leaving it frizzy and hard to style. Microfiber towels are gentler because they let air flow through, so your hair dries more slowly and stays smooth and styled.

But that's not the only thing you could do! Even during your beauty sleep you can protect your hair by using our sleeping cap. Sleep caps are your silent guardians during the night, reducing friction between your hair and your pillow. This simple act holds the key to preserving those beautiful curls and ensuring they stay well-defined and hydrated. Say goodbye to waking up with a tangled mess – sleeping caps are here to keep your coily hair intact and ready to conquer the day!

Embrace your coils

In conclusion, type 4A hair is a stunning and unique hair texture that deserves a customised hair care routine. With proper moisture retention, deep conditioning and the right products, you can fully embrace your natural curls. Explore different styles and protective measures to keep your type 4A hair healthy and well-defined. Remember, your natural curls are a source of pride and beauty – embrace them!

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