All type 4 hair textures can share many of the same characteristics meaning that 4C-4A hair can be coarse or fine, thick or thin, high or low porosity, etc. However, the curlier the hair is, the drier it tends to be. The definition of curly hair is hair that contains bends along its length so the more bends along a strand, the curlier the hair will be. An interesting property of 4C hair in particular is that it contains angular bends or zigzags along the length of its strands, making it harder for scalp sebum to slide down the strand to lubricate it. The cuticles positioned at those angles tend to be raised creating a gap which allows the moisture inside the strand cortex to seep out. The more gaps along a strand, the more porous the hair will be which is why the process of attracting and retaining moisture in 4C hair can be a challenge. Being the driest of the curly hair textures, 4C hair needs heavier moisturizers like our Amla & Olive Heavy Cream that not only deposit moisture inside the cortex but effectively lock it in to prevent moisture loss. Its naturally dry state also makes it exceptionally fragile and prone to brittleness and breakage so it's important to handle 4C hair with care. Before combing 4C hair, be sure to divide hair into manageable sections and apply a rich, creamy detangler like our Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee and use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to detangle, starting from the bottom and working your way up. Qhemet products are formulated primarily for dry, high porosity 4C hair but work exceptionally well on 4B-3C textures too. Each of our products are carefully crafted to support growth, strengthen hair and restore moisture. Qhemet products work best on the curly textures described below. Use our chart to select the best products for your hair based on its texture, condition, density and porosity!


TEXTURE: 4C - 4A

4C - z shaped strands

4B - mixture of z shaped and coily strands

4A - mixture of narrow and medium shaped coils

STATE: natural. CONDITION: very dry.

DENSITY: thick, compact. POROSITY: high.


PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS

SHAMPOO: Egyptian Wheatgrass Cleansing Tea

CONDITION & DETANGLE: Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee

MOISTURIZE: Amla & Olive Heavy Cream

HYDRATE & STYLE: Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter

NOURISH & SEAL: Castor & Moringa Softening Serum

HYDRATION BOOST: Olive & Honey Hydrating Balm

SCALP HEALTH & GROWTH: Castor & Amla Nourishing Pomade or Tea Tree & Lavender Therapeutic Pomade

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For product application and styling tips, take a look at our tutorial videos.

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TEXTURE: 4B - 4A

4B - mixture of z shaped and coily strands

4A - mixture of narrow and medium sized coils

STATE: natural. CONDITION: dry.

DENSITY: thin. POROSITY: low.


PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS

SHAMPOO: Egyptian Wheatgrass Cleansing Tea

CONDITION & DETANGLE: Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee

MOISTURIZE: Burdock Root Butter Cream

HYDRATE & STYLE: Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter

NOURISH & SEAL: Coconut & Green Tea Softening Serum

HYDRATION BOOST: Olive & Honey Hydrating Balm

Want to try sample sizes first? Purchase here.

For product application and styling tips, take a look at our tutorial videos.

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TEXTURE: 3C

3C - medium sized coils

STATE: natural. CONDITION: very dry.

DENSITY: thick. POROSITY: high.


PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS

SHAMPOO: Egyptian Wheatgrass Cleansing Tea

CONDITION & DETANGLE: Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee

MOISTURIZE: Burdock Root Butter Cream

HYDRATE & STYLE: Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter

NOURISH & SEAL: Coconut & Green Tea Softening Serum

Want to try sample sizes first? Purchase here.

For product application and styling tips, take a look at our tutorial videos.

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TEXTURE: 4C - 3C LOCS

STATE: natural. CONDITION: dry.

DENSITY: thick or thin. POROSITY: high or low.


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TEXTURE: Type 4 - CHEMICALLY RELAXED

STATE: chemically straightened. CONDITION: damaged.

DENSITY: thick or thin.


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