Is 4a Hair Easier To Care For Than 4b Hair?

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That’s like asking, which one makes us more fat, cake or ice cream? Or, I will give you one better, who would you say no to if they asked you on a date, Michael Ealy or Denzel Washington?

Hey, I’m married not stupid. shouts across the room to the hubby:

“Hey Bae tell the homie we booked this weekend, we have a date both Friday and Saturday night, dress nice!”

You get it right? If you find yourself in a conversation about the level of difficulty when caring for any hair type it will be one long endless conversation. The truth is what you might think is so difficult might be the very thing she finds easy and what she tells you is her pain point you might think, oh she is exaggerating because you never had that problem.

To answer the question, is 4A easier to care for than 4B? Absolutely not! Both have their ups and downs, its a wash, no contest, a draw, everybody wins, cake and ice cream both make us fat, nobody says no to Denzel or Michael!

Why would this even be a question


To be quite honest you might think the thought of comparing the two textures as utterly ridiculous, and we would be be slightly hypocritical if we didn’t see it as ludicrous ourselves. The thing is there is a slight difference between a 4A hair strand and that of 4B, so if we must split hairs, no pun intended we will highlight the difference.

Type 4A is tightly coiled hair that has an S pattern and it can retain more moisture than the 4B  hair type. A perfect example of a 4A naturalista is Esperaza Spalding. 4B on the other hand does not have a distinct curl pattern it is often described as shaped like a ‘Z’ with very sharp angles and the hair feels like cotton, a perfect example of a celebrity with this curl pattern would be Lauryn Hill.

Notice that the difference between the two hair types are just structural so far, there is no detail on difference in hair care so lets jump right in and look at that as well.

How to care for 4B and 4A similarities, differences and everything in between

Moisture

Afro textured hair generally needs moisture because of the structure of the strand, whether an S pattern or Z , the moisture that the scalp provides does not travel all the way down the strand because it is ten times easier for moisture to travel in a straight line versus a loop or slant. With that said we compensate for that by adding water or water based products to our hair pretty often.

Originally posted 2014-06-16 15:00:31.

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About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Comments

  1. Malakah Angellia Gladston
    Malakah Angellia Gladston

    I find this focus on hair-typing soo ridiculous. I have no idea what “type” my hair is, all I did was find what works for MY hair and stuck with it. My hair has never been healthier & longer

  2. Tamika Rogers
    Tamika Rogers

    Well I don’t know about care but I will say that I have always been a bit jealous of my 4b sisters because their hair is so much more versatile than my 4a hair. Yea my wash and go’s are great but my twist and flat twists are so hard and almost impossible to do on newly washed hair. I also notice that their style last just a bit longer. For example my cuzn does her mini twist and they last a few weeks and still look great but mines start to fall apart after a few days because the twist never really stick together like hers do.
    Either way its not a competition, we should all be teaching and learning from one another and celebrating our natural beauty!

    1. Leah

      I do. I only have 4a hair. Everyone doesnt have multiple textures. Although some of my curls do appear looser than some of my other curls , I know its because the curl pattern stretches when it gets longer. My hair is different lengths and some parts are longer.

  3. Sammy Nunes
    Sammy Nunes

    I need help with my hair . Its very thirst and braking all the time .I tried the hair maya and jbc , and all of those thing but nothing seem to work any suggestions ?

  4. LaToya Taylor

    It doesn’t matter what hair texture you have.You still have to take care of your hair properly so that I won’t break off.4A looks easier though because it’s less nappier.

  5. Lawanda Jones
    Lawanda Jones

    4a might be easier to manage than my 4c/d….but who has time to compare the two…I’m embracing what the Lord has blessed me with…thick full hair that holds a curl like no other LOL

  6. Aliyah Morrison

    Um the first pic isn’t a 4a she is more like 4c she has kinks not tight spring small curls .

  7. Leah

    Trust me my 4a hair is NOT easy. Its really thick , I get alot of shrinkage , and my hair tangles every single day. Its alot work especially since I wear wash and gos. Ugh I have a love/hate relationship with my hair.

  8. Jennifer

    I would not think one hair type is easier to care for than another. It all depends on what your expectation for your hair is and whether or not you are trying to turn it into something is not instead of embracing and loving it for what it is.

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