Have you ever looked at your curls and realized there might be more than one type of strand growing on your head? Most curly girls actually have a few different types of curls going on. Additionally, even with a type, there can be different textures. Here are the textures of Type 4 curls and how you can recognize them. Once you know what types of curls you have, the better prepared you'll be to take care of them.
4A: Kinky Coily
If you can take a pen and wrap your curls around it, you might have 4A, kinky coily strands. You most likely have tight, dense strands that are more prone to breakage. Treat your curls with care. These curls are heavy enough to be able to moisturize them regularly with butters, oils, and creams, which will help style your delicate strands.
4B: Kinky Crimpy
If you have kinky crimpy curls, you're fortunate enough to have the curls women have spent countless hours try to coax into their hair using braids and crimping tools. Your curls have a distinctive “Z” pattern. Your curls are tight and are extremely fragile. You need to make sure you're keeping up with your curl care, including properly moisturizing them, to ensure they stay healthy and don't break. Before you begin detangling the inevitable knots, make sure you've slathered up with lots of conditioner. Otherwise you might find yourself with a snarled mess on your hands.
4C Kinky Ziggly
This curl style doesn't tend to naturally clump like other strands do, which an make getting defined texture difficult. This curl type can be quite varied; you might see fine, fragile strands, or dense, dry, coarse curls al on the same head. Butters, oils, and additive free styling creams can help you manage these delicate strands.