Shape: "Z" pattern
Appearance: Fluffy and cotton-like
This curl pattern is coiled extremely tight — and if you think it can't get any thicker, shrinkage can reduce it to about 60% of its original length. It's highly susceptible to dryness and breakage due to the way the strands bend at such sharp angles.
When it comes to styling, protection and low manipulation are the way to go for 4B hair. Hairstyles such as braids, twists, and pineapples will preserve your strands and encourage growth. To achieve bigger curls, you can mimic looser hair types by performing braidouts and twistouts. Make sure to moisturize daily, deep condition once a week, and prep your hair before shampooing by generously coating it in a natural oil.