I may be 4a. Help!

legette68legette68 Posts: 216Registered Users
Hi everyone, I had originally described my hair as 3c. But as some of you have noticed I added 4a to the mix. What do you think?
Thick, coarse 3C hair:coffee:
BC Feb 2009/ relaxer free since 06/08
Second time around!

http://public.fotki.com/legette68

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  • cclark1cclark1 Posts: 346Registered Users
    Sorry, but I can't really help you:( I still have no idea how to type myself. Much less anyone else. But I did want to add that your hair is lovely (beautiful curls)
    Dare to be......remarkable!!!
  • momo7momo7 Posts: 478Registered Users
    It looks alot like 3B/3C...but who cares bout classificationz...ur hair lookz GREAT!! :blob7:
  • GuyanaGal718GuyanaGal718 Posts: 207Registered Users
    Relax! No worries! A lot of us "true 3c's" have 4a and even some 3bs thrown into their as well. Very few people have all one hair type on their head. I have 3! Including 4a.
    A 3b/3c/ curlicious combo with a sprinkle of 4a.
    The Big Chop August. 2006 :nike:
    Natural Diva since 2005.
    Tracklete Star!
  • legette68legette68 Posts: 216Registered Users
    I am not worried. I just want to better understand my hair. It is soo thick. By the way GuyanaGal718 we are almost neighbors. I am from Trinidad.
    Thick, coarse 3C hair:coffee:
    BC Feb 2009/ relaxer free since 06/08
    Second time around!

    http://public.fotki.com/legette68
  • Curly1908Curly1908 Posts: 192Registered Users
    Beautiful hair! :blob7:

    Your curl size is 3b, but your hair texture is that of most 4a/4b's.

    I'd classify you as a 3b/4a. :wink:
    Yay for Kinky-Curly Custard!
    mostly 3c with patches of 2b, 3b, and 4a
    Nappy...and oh-so happy :)
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    What changes would you want to make if you think you're a 4a?
    My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
    My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/
    comic-p.jpg

    Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
  • multicultcurlymulticultcurly Posts: 5,136Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Honestly, your curl size is more 3b and even though 4a comes in more than one texture, I'd say you're a 3b. Your hair just looks to have really thick (coarse) strands that tend to be naturally shiny but can be unruly and needs lots of moisture. 4a tends to be the size of a coffee stirrer straw (very small). Your curls are more the size of a marker.
    3b/c, medium-coarse, low porosity, high density
    HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
    Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
  • SoulGloSoulGlo Posts: 39Registered Users
    I concur with most of the responses. Looks like coarse textured 3B/3C. It helps to know the classification because some lines recommend different products for different hair types. It also comes in handy when describing your hair to a stylist over the phone:-) Lovely hair by the way.
    3C-ish/4A-ish
    Last relaxer: 12/06?
    BC: 12/07 (I did the honors:-)
    Fotki: http://public.fotki.com/SuaSponte/
    PW: Liberation
  • mariag002mariag002 Posts: 3,557Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have three textures that I know of - 3b in the way back, 3c all around and 4a in the front. I have no idea what to use half the time, but I think that the classification doesn't help for those of us that have crazy hair LOL :laughing7:
    - Maria

    Big Chop: 9/23/07
    Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

  • legette68legette68 Posts: 216Registered Users
    I think I need to know how to treat it as in moisture as well as my expections from my hair. e.g. It growing out instead of growing down. I think my hair needs more moisture than I expect. It can be very dry. But I am not sure of products.
    Thick, coarse 3C hair:coffee:
    BC Feb 2009/ relaxer free since 06/08
    Second time around!

    http://public.fotki.com/legette68
  • multicultcurlymulticultcurly Posts: 5,136Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Legette--Judging from your pics, our hair seem to be similar. What products do you currently use? Do you have an oily scalp? Here is what I use:
    For daily styling (wet hair):
    I leave in [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Jessicurl-Too-Shea-Extra-Moisturizing-Conditioner-p-105.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=jessicurl-too-shea-extra-moisturizing-conditioner]Jessicurl Too Shea[/buylink] conditioner, a light coating of olive oil mixed with rosemary essential oil and [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Blended-Beauty-Curly-Frizz-Pudding-p-376.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=blended-beauty-curly-frizz-pudding]Blended Beauty Curly Frizz Pudding[/buylink]
    For Shampooing:
    I use [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Jessicurl-Hair-Cleansing-Cream-p-103.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=jessicurl-hair-cleansing-cream]Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream[/buylink]
    For Deep Conditioning:
    Coconut milk mixed with honey
    I also apply SheaMoisture Leave-in to dry hair before bedtime.

    My scalp tends to be oily though my hair tends to be dry. I do apple cider vinegar rinses about once a month. I also mix regular sugar with [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Jessicurl-Hair-Cleansing-Cream-p-103.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=jessicurl-hair-cleansing-cream]JC HCC[/buylink] and this helps get rid of my oily build-up that shampoo alone can't eliminate. Just look at what most 3bs and 3cs use and eventually through trial and error you'll find what products work for you.
    3b/c, medium-coarse, low porosity, high density
    HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
    Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    legette68 wrote: »
    I think I need to know how to treat it as in moisture as well as my expections from my hair. e.g. It growing out instead of growing down. I think my hair needs more moisture than I expect. It can be very dry. But I am not sure of products.

    I think any curly 3b+ needs moisture more than she thinks. What's you're routine & products now?
    My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
    My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/
    comic-p.jpg

    Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
  • legette68legette68 Posts: 216Registered Users
    I cowash and occasionally shampoo using Creme of Nature shampoo. I use a microfiber towel or tshirt and apply condish and gel. I try to DT with olive oil and honey at least once or twice a month. I think I may need to do dt more often this winter. The air has been really dry.
    Thick, coarse 3C hair:coffee:
    BC Feb 2009/ relaxer free since 06/08
    Second time around!

    http://public.fotki.com/legette68
  • GuyanaGal718GuyanaGal718 Posts: 207Registered Users
    Well, my caribbean neighbor, as you can see the flaw in the curl classification chart doesn't take into account hair texture.

    What is the specific problem you are having with your hair? Is it the moisture issue?
    If your hair is the type that soaks up moisture,If I were you, I would deep condition once a week, and do a conditioner -only rinse mid week. Especially during the cold months. Then use a good daily leave in underneath your styling product. Good moisturization is key, no matter what hair type you have. You have beautiful hair. :)
    A 3b/3c/ curlicious combo with a sprinkle of 4a.
    The Big Chop August. 2006 :nike:
    Natural Diva since 2005.
    Tracklete Star!
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    legette68 wrote: »
    I cowash and occasionally shampoo using Creme of Nature shampoo. I use a microfiber towel or tshirt and apply condish and gel. I try to DT with olive oil and honey at least once or twice a month. I think I may need to do dt more often this winter. The air has been really dry.


    Sounds like you are covering the good basics. And it has been very cold and dry up here. Do you plop before you apply product? Try plopping after, you may be happier with the results (better definition). I apply my leave-in and/or styler, to soaking wet hair, plop, then apply gel.

    If you need more moisture, consider co-washing more and shampooing less.

    I'm assuming the "apply condish" is a rinse out and a leave-in? If they're they same consider different ones, sometimes that helps. If you are only rinsing out condish, try using a leave-in too. Try an oil rinse after you wash and before your rinseout conditioner.
    My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
    My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/
    comic-p.jpg

    Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
  • JuicyTubeJuicyTube Posts: 2,369Registered Users
    I think you're 3c in general.
    3b-3c CG
  • legette68legette68 Posts: 216Registered Users
    I took the advice of some of you especially Suburbanbushbabe. I plopped this morning. I applied my products on soaking wet hair after I came out of the shower and plopped. Got dressed. Had great hair!! :blob7:No or very little frizz and great definition. I think the mistake I making was putting products in after getting dress. Plopping works wonders!!!
    Thick, coarse 3C hair:coffee:
    BC Feb 2009/ relaxer free since 06/08
    Second time around!

    http://public.fotki.com/legette68
  • ProvidenceProvidence Posts: 20Registered Users
    I'm a newbie. What is plopping?
    Vexation of spirit is a waste of time
    Negative thinking, don't you waste your thoughts
    Verbal conflict is a waste of word
    Physical conflict is a waste of flesh
    People will always be who they want
    And that's what really makes the world go round - Damian Marley

    http://public.fotki.com/FaithProvidence/

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  • GuyanaGal718GuyanaGal718 Posts: 207Registered Users
    Omg, I could imagine putting products AFTER i dress. I will have wet clothes!
    A 3b/3c/ curlicious combo with a sprinkle of 4a.
    The Big Chop August. 2006 :nike:
    Natural Diva since 2005.
    Tracklete Star!

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