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

afro1If you take an S versus a Z and try to determine which one would make it easier for moisture to travel, the difference would be so minute it wouldn’t even be worth the discussion. The point is you cant trust that your strand will be adequately moisturized just because yours looks like an ‘S’. We have to moisturize daily, regardless of our hair type.

Not to mention we are all subject to the same environment, we all have to deal with the sun and the change in season so the tips and knowledge we receive about general hair care as we navigate the seasons, the dew points, and other environmental factors can be very beneficial to all hair types.

►Porosity

This brings us to porosity, are you a strainer? Because if you are you will not retain moisture as much as a person who has low porosity or normal porosity. We always say the best hair typing system is porosity because it really hones in on how your hair retains moisture, how you need to seal your hair and what regimen you need to know to get back to normal.

High porosity strands (strainers) need more moisture more often than normal strands. They also need more protein than normal porosity hair and low porosity hair. How your strand is shaped does not tell us how your strand will react to the moisture it needs to sustain itself, making porosity the center of hair care.

Scalp care

Scalp care has nothing to do with curl pattern, and guess what? The scalp is the center of hair growth, this is where all the magic happens. This means how you cleanse your scalp and what you put on your scalp becomes so much more important than how your hair strand looks.


Scalp care isn’t easy for anyone and how your scalp behaves is pretty unique because alot of what happens with the scalp whether its dandruff, dry scalp, eczema, hair loss or even hair thickness just depends on our biological makeup, in some cases what we eat, and what we are doing to our scalp individually.

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

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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Pattie Armstead

I hear so much about 4a/b hair that I think those are the only two hair types there is. *sarcasm*

BlackHairInformation.com

well thats a first we usually hear, we don’t talk about 4 types enough, or there arent enough tutorials on them.. ect ect ect.. lol

Charity Faith

Hair is hair it ALL REQUIRES ALOT OF CARE AND (CONDITIONER!♥ )

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

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!

Rochelle Corilette Liyah Warner

Who really has one hair type from the 4 scale? Really? lol.

iammastar21
iammastar21

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.

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 ?

LaToya Taylor
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.

Kianda Skater Hagley

Can we just get over the hair types already kmt ffs!

Shalonda Lee Hood

I’d rather have 4b type hair and…thank God I do.

Miriam Cool

I’m so beyond hair typing

Charmaine Beard

who cares

Maame Afia Sika-Doe

wat a question

LaGina White

Wth?

Johnna Williams Nash

Lol.

Johnna Williams Nash

Being bald would be the easiest.. What kind of foolish talk is this here Lmbo.

Johnna Williams Nash

And if it was easier..what can be done

Stella Boamah

Stupid.

Ashley Campfield

No

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

Erica Boyd

Idk the difference. Hair is hair

Nita Beckles

Not sure what the numbers means.

iammastar21
iammastar21

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

iammastar21
iammastar21

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.