Are you looking for some easy styles to rock your natural texture? We understand that finding new styles can be tricky and time-consuming. Read on to find a few new easy styles to wear if you have naturally curly or coily hair.
First things first - it's essential to know your hair type to help you understand the best care and easy natural hairstyles for your hair. Check out our blog post on this for a deeper dive into understanding your hair type.
While it can be tricky to distinguish your prominent hair type when the hair is wet, you can pay close attention to your follicles. Round follicles mean that you have straight hair, while oval hair follicles represent curly hair. Generally, there are four hair types:
- 1- straight hair with no curls
- 2- wavy hair
- 3- curly hair with curls that look more like "S"
- 4- coily hair with curls that resemble "Z"
Each of these types can further be classified into three categories, but in this post, we're going to focus on type 3 and type 4 hair types and some easy natural hairstyles to show off that gorgeous natural texture.
Understanding Your Type 3 and 4 Hair Types
Type 3 and 4 hair types represent natural textured hair. Understanding your hair type and its unique characteristics gives you an idea of the best way to take care of it and the products that work best for you.
Type 3 Hair
This type is categorized into three sub-categories:
- 3A- is characterized by large and light curls that resemble the letter 'S'. This hair type requires a lot of moisture to prevent the hair from becoming frizzy.
- 3B- is voluminous, coarse, dense, and has loose spiral curls. Due to its volume, this type of hair tends to get dry and dull easily. To keep it looking great, invest in nourishing oils that will make your hair look shinier, smoother, and manageable.
- 3C- is higher in density and coarser than type 3A and 3B. It has spring-like tight spiral curls. With this hair type, you're more likely to deal with a lot of dryness, frizziness, and tangling. You can have your hair feeling smooth, soft, and nourished by choosing the right hair conditioner.
Easy Natural Hairstyles for Type 3 Hair
Naturally, this type of hair is soft, but it requires a lot of moisture, care, and maintenance, just like any other hair type. Due to its texture, you can style it after washing. However, the styles you can try with this hair type are virtually endless. Below we look at four easy natural hair hairstyles you should try with type 3 hair.
Bantu knots are easy to do and only require a little practice. These easy natural hairstyles are super chic and protective of your natural hair and curls.
A braided ponytail is your best option when you don't feel like detangling your hair. Ponytail is not only easy to wear, but it's also versatile and flexible. You can make it wild or tame; it all depends on your mood and taste.
If you want to show off your curls without having them fall on your face, the pineapple updo is one of the easy natural hairstyles you would love. The style makes your daily go-to hairstyle while in a lazy mood.
Slicked Side Part
After styling and drying your hair with your products of choice, part the hair to one side. Apply a generous amount of gel on either side of the hair part and along the hairline. Brush the hair to distribute the gel evenly. You can also use bobby pins to help secure the part lines.
Type 4 Hair
Like type 3, type 4 hair is categorized into three sub-categories:
Type 4A- this type of hair makes a well-defined letter "S" when stretched. It can have a wiry or fine texture and can be more prone to breakage. However, it has a high density, making it look full and voluminous. Although it's prone to dryness, it has a high moisture retention capacity, making it suitable for "wash-n-go" hairstyles.
Type 4B- this type is more fluffy and when stretched and doesn't have clearly defined curves. It instead creates a letter "Z" when stretched. The hair feels coarser to the touch, it breaks easily, and it's drier. Its density and texture vary between people, with some having dense and coarse texture, while others have a fine texture and low density. Since this type of hair is dry, it requires a lot of moisturizing and regular deep conditioning.
Type 4C- this type of hair is more tightly coiled than type 4B and has no defined curls. It has a shrinkage percentage of 70%, meaning it looks shorter than it usually is. Although all type 4 hair is fragile, type 4C is the most delicate and breaks easily, and requires moisturization and care.
Easy Natural Hairstyles for Type 4 Hair
Type 4 hair is the most delicate of all hair types. If you have this type of hair, it's easy to worry that there are no easy styles for your natural hair. The truth is, there are more easy natural hairstyles for this type of hair than you would imagine!
This hairstyle exposes your face, allowing you to play with makeup or rock the voluminous bun. If your hair is long enough, you can achieve a donut or seek assistance from a bun donut.
This is another style that allows you to expose your facial features. It's an alternative for a mohawk, only that in this case, you push the tresses to the side instead of pushing it towards the center.
The comb-out is pretty easy as you don't require any gel. Apply your basic hair ingredients, detangle the hair, and then comb it using an afro-comb to make it fluffy. While combing, you need to be more careful to prevent the hair from becoming raggedy. If you want to enhance the look, consider tying a scarf around the edges.
Care and Maintenance Tips for Your Type 3 and 4 Hair
There's a common misconception that type 3 and 4 hair cannot grow long. This is a myth. These types of hair do grow, but they experience a lot of shrinkages. You may feel like your hair is growing slowly or not growing at all. However, with the proper care and maintenance, you'll note some changes when you stretch your hair. Not only that, caring for and maintaining your hair makes it look and feel good all year round.
Whether you have type 3A or 4C hair type, the following tips will help take good care of your hair.
Use the Right Washing Temperature
Walking in a hot shower may feel warm and refreshing to your body, but it'll be doing more harm than good to your hair. When the water is too hot, it strips your hair of its essential oils, making it feel and look drier and dull than usual. These natural essential oils give your hair a luscious and complete look. To maintain the oils, always wash your hair using water that is around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which is slightly above the normal body temperature.
Keep Your Hair Moisturized
In most cases, type 3 and 4 hair has low sebum distribution, making hair feel dry faster than other hair types. To keep your hair moisturized, invest in a good moisturizer and a sealant. You also need to learn how to condition your hair properly to improve its feel and appearance. Using the right hair conditioner for your hair type minimizes breakage, minimizes frizziness, and maintains the curls.
While washing your hair may be a good thing, overdoing it damages your hair. The amount of natural oils your hair produces diminishes as you advance in age. Therefore, washing your hair often leaves it dry. You, therefore, need to wash it fewer times than when you were younger.
Detangle Type 3 and 4 Hair Frequently
For those with type 3 & 4 hair, you need to detangle it because your hair has a tight curl pattern, and your hair can coil and curl around each other. The tangles that form will lead to hair breakage, thereby hindering growth. You can use a comb that is wide-toothed and ensure your hair is damp. A conditioner can help with the detangling process.
The most important thing for types 3 and 4 hair is moisture! Moisturized hair doesn't tangle easily, is more elastic, and it doesn't break easily. Your hair will also grow in length with minimal issues as long as it's moisturized and healthy.
The RevAir Reverse Air Dryer works wonders on all hair types and textures, and is a great low-heat option for those with curly or coily hair who are looking to cut down on drying and stretching time.
If you have any questions, contact RevAir Customer Support today!