We All Have Good Hair: A Breakdown of Curl Patterns

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4. Kinky

The most delicate of the hair types, kinky hair requires extra care and maintenance but is just as manageable as any other hair type. The pattern varies from person to person. This hair type is characterized by coils, springs, zig zags, or S-curves.  Kinky hair is extremely versatile and holds well on it’s own without the aid of styling products. Kinky hair is prone to breakage so stylists recommend never brushing or combing dry curls.  Moisturize frequently and use a lot of conditioner to help detangle your hair. When you’re sleeping, avoid cotton pillowcases that dry out/tangle your hair by using a satin scarf, bonnet or pillowcase.

Stylists recommend you avoid products that contain sodium laurel sulphate, petroleum or mineral oil. Kinky hair conveys a dry or matte appearance, and water is the best moisturizer for this hair type.

4a – Kinky coily, marked shrinkage, some “S” pattern.

4b – Kinky texture when dry, little visible curl defintion, zig-zag pattern.

4c – Very tightly curled with a short, “Z” curl pattern. No visible curl definition.

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