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July/August 2019

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CURL TYPE CUES

4A Coiled With Spring!

Curious about your curl type? The hair pros at Design Essentials want you to get to know your beautiful waves, curls and coils! Here we hone in on curl type 4A (coiled with spring):

4A HAIR IS made up of tightly coiled curls with a spiral pattern. Their circumference is the size of a coffee stirrer. 4A curls have a fine to coarse texture. This curl type is prone to dryness, breakage, tangles and lacks curl definition. It’s also highly dense with minimal elasticity. 

ITS CHARACTERISTICS ARE…It’s tightly coiled with textures ranging from fine to coarse. There’s some volume but it’s limited in movement. This hair type is highly dense with minimal elasticity.

CARE AND STYLE IT THIS WAY: Boosting moisture is extremely important for dry, 4A hair. The Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Shampoo and Conditioner are infused with moisture-rich botanicals that will leave hair soft and silky. When used on wet hair, the Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Detangling Leave-In Conditioner helps reduce frizz and maintains curls by keeping them untangled. When styling 4A hair types, opt for a defining gel for maximum hold on braids, twist outs and Natural styling. Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Curl Enhancing Mousse is great for daily, on-the-go styling, and makes it easy to add shape and volume to spirals with long-lasting hold and frizz control. And to smooth, blend and finish edges, try Design Essentials Natural Honey & Shea Edge Tamer to add definition to 4A curls.

Photo courtesy Design Essentials.

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