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
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.