Tiny “Z” shaped ringlets and shallow to deep “S” curls define this curl pattern. Coarse, densely packed, tightly coiled. Appears resilient but is actually very fragile. Won’t shine but can have sheen. May feel moisturized but not look it. Commonly referred to as 4a, 4b and 4c curl patterns.
4a – Tightly curled but has a visible curly-kinky texture.
4b – Kinky texture when dry, but is actually a looser curl pattern when wet. Very little visible curl definition.
4c – Very tightly curled with a short, “Z” curl pattern. Texture remains tight or has even more shrinkage when wet. No visible curl definition.