Type 4B Hair: Everything You Need to Know

Type 4B Hair: Everything You Need to Know


Is your natural hair tightly coiled, resembling a z-shape curl pattern, and possessing a fluffy, voluminous texture? If you're nodding in agreement, then you probably have type 4B hair. This kinky hair type is a stunning expression of natural beauty, with each coil holding a story of its own. Known for its distinct characteristics and care needs, 4B hair stands out in the curly hair family. 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 natural hair type.

What is Type 4B Hair?

Type 4B hair is a unique and beautiful hair type that falls within the coily hair spectrum. It's characterised by its Z-shaped curls that are sharply angled and less defined, giving a fluffy and voluminous appearance. This coily hair type is known for its delicate texture, propensity for drying out, and tendency to experience shrinkage.

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Differences between 4B Hair and other coily hair types

While it can be easy to confuse 4B hair with 4A and 4C hair types, there are distinct differences. 4B curls are less defined than 4A and more zig-zagged in shape compared to the tightest curl pattern 4C hair. Understanding these differences is important in providing the right hair type care.

How to care for type 4B hair

Every hair type needs different hair care but it seems most curly girls have dry hair strands. It's important to keep


Type 4B hair, like other curly hair types, tends to battle dryness more intensely. To keep its natural beauty and health intact, the key is to retain moisture. That's precisely why we recommend shampooing your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo not more than once a week and start embracing co-washing instead. This approach helps you hold onto your scalp's natural oils and our Cleansing Co-Wash is perfect for this. It not only cleans your scalp effectively but also ensures your natural hair stays well-moisturised.

When starting your wash day routine using our co-wash, begin at the scalp. Use your fingertips to gently massage it in. Remember, it’s a co-wash, not a shampoo, so don't expect it to lather!

Next, treat your natural hair to a good conditioner. Choose a product specifically formulated for a tightly coiled texture, and we have the ideal solution: Our CGM Conditioner heavy. This conditioner is a game-changer, designed to deeply moisturize and rejuvenate dry curly hair, leaving it soft, silky, and frizz free. Apply the conditioner to soaking wet hair "The wetter the better".

Now gently detangle your hair with a wide-tooth comb or finger comb through your hair, starting from the ends and working your way up.  – it's a coily hair mantra!


4B hair thrives with low manipulation. Protective styles like twists, braids, and updos not only look great but also help in reducing breakage and promoting growth, but we will take a deep dive into that later. When styling, use products that help lock in moisture.

Good leave-in conditioners will achieve that and of course we have just the thing, our Curl Styling Milk. This product is super moisturising and a little goes a long way! Gently apply to soaking wet hair and divide evenly. To make sure you really lock that moisture in using our Curl Defining Gel. Apply twice the amount as the milk and rake the product thoroughly through your hair. For a little more definition finger coil a few strands.


Regular hair care treatments are essential for maintaining the health of 4B hair. Deep conditioning treatments, like the Curl Comeback Repair Hair Mask or our Hydro Hug Hydration Hair Mask from Curly Girl Movement, can infuse your hair with the needed moisture and repair damage.

Protect your 4B hair type during the night

Nighttime care is essential. Protect your hair using a Sleeping Cap to reduce friction and prevent moisture loss while you sleep. Additionally, drying your hair with a Curly Hair Towel can prevent damage and frizzy hair post-wash.

Protective hairstyles

Like mentioned before protective hairstyles are essential for 4B hair, as they help in reducing breakage, retaining moisture, and promoting growth by minimising daily manipulation. Here are some of the best protective styles suited for 4B hair:

Twist-Outs or braid-Outs

These styles involve twisting or braiding the hair and then unravelling it after a few hours or days to reveal a defined curl pattern. They are excellent for showcasing your hair texture while keeping your hair organised and manageable.

Box braids

A classic and great protective style, box braids can range from small to jumbo size. Wearing braids are great for giving your hair a break and can be styled in numerous ways, such as updos, ponytails, or buns. Braiding your hair also stimulates healthy hair growth.

Bantu knots

This style involves sectioning the hair and twisting each section into a small knot on the head. Bantu knots are not only a protective style but also a way to achieve a bigger curly hair pattern without heat. It creates defined curls that are slightly bitter than your natural curl pattern.


Similar to braids but usually easier and quicker to install; twists are another excellent protective style for 4B hair. They can be left in as a style with fake hair.

Remember, while protective styles are beneficial, it's important to maintain a healthy hair care routine while wearing them. Regularly moisturise your scalp and hair, avoid styles that are too tight, and don’t leave styles in for too long to prevent stress and damage to your hair and scalp.

Embrace your coils

Celebrating the natural curls of 4B hair is all about embracing its unique texture and volume. While it requires specific care and attention, the versatility and uniqueness of 4B hair make it a joy to style and maintain.

Remember, the journey of caring for 4B hair is deeply personal and varies from person to person. It's all about finding the right balance of products, techniques, and styles that work for you and your unique curls. Embrace your beauty and let your 4B coils shine!


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