Type 4 coily hair has a very tight “cork-screw"-like curl pattern and is considered more dense and coarse. It is also very fragile and prone to breakage, as it has fewer cuticle layers than other hair types, and therefore has less protection from any self-inflicted damage (combing, blow-drying, straightening, etc). This hair type is also naturally drier than any other hair type, and would therefore need to be cared for and moisturized very frequently. Gentle cleansing such as co-washing and sulfate-free shampoos, weekly deep conditioning, and lighter creams and oils are all recommended for this hair type so that moisture from the products can be better penetrated into the hair (as opposed to simply resting on top), and hair stays healthy and moisturized longer, reducing breakage.
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