Rumbie + Co - Afro


Aka: kinky or coily or black hair.

The curliest, the most fragile, the driest and yet it’s the most versatile of hair textures. Its magic really!

Relax and know your curl

Coily textures are not exempt to having different curl textures on their head (FYI…this is normal), a curl typing system has been created by Andre Walker (Oprah’s hair go to) and tweaked within the curl community to help with identifying textures and curl maintenance.

Have a look at the images below which show the Type 4 Curl type (aka afro hair textures), with 3 sub-categories A, B and C. See the images below.

We encourage you to know and relish in the greatness that is your wave texture. Believe us when we say, DO NOT stress over your curl type. Curly hair maintenance is easier than you think, have possibly thought or than society has conditioned us curlies to think.

Using our trusted ranges of hydrating products from Embrace For Every Curl, TGIN and Jane Carter Solutions, we will help you and your locks thrive without a shadow of doubt. Our curl experts are here for you every step of the way. We will help you create a curl maintenance routine personal to you.

If you are too far from our Sydney flagship salon, THINK HYDRATION, HYDRATION, HYDRATION and you will not go wrong until your next curl specialist visit.

So what curly hair type are you?

Let’s keep it simple. Look for an image that closely resembles the majority of your curl texture and once you do, hydrate hydrate hydrate (Can’t say this enough). Tweak as needed then for all the other questions, our curl experts will be more than happy to help.

NB: If you didn’t find an accurate image on this page, explore WAVY or the CURLY textures. Happy curl hunting!

Afro hairstyles


Tightly coiled lowercase “s”curls

Curl circumference of a standard pencil

Wash n’ go styles may be achieved easily with a combo of the right product and styling technique


Curls appear tightly coiled and dense

Visible ‘s’ and ‘z’ shaped patterns may have a fluffy appearance

Hair is highly susceptible to dryness and breakage due to the kinks on the hair strand

Up to 70% shrinkage. Without stretching, hair appears shorter

Can Pre-poo with coconut or castor oil to help retain oils on your scalp

Best styling methods includes protective braids, buns twists and twist sets to protect the hair

Afro 4C hair type


Tightly zig-zagged kinky coily strands

Densely packed hair

Coils are similar to a 4b, but has less definition and more shrinkage

Strand diameter ranges from super fine, thin and soft to wiry and coarse

This texture is very delicate

Up to approx. 75% more shrinkage than other curl textures


  • Coils resemble tight corkscrews. Size is about the circumference of a pencil to the tightest spirals and or zig-zags
  • More voluminous than the wavy or curly hair due to its tighter curl pattern
  • Grows out and not down
  • Despite many misconceptions, this tightly coiled hair is quite fine and fragile. Handle with care
  • Prone to major shrinkage (loss of length due to coily texture)
  • If not treated properly it breaks more than other textures
  • Kinky hair is the driest hair type, may feel wiry
  • Kinky hair grows at the same rate as other textures, however, length is lost in the curl giving the illusion of stunted growth
  • Can be low maintenance regarding cumulative daily care or styling possibly more than all other hair types depending on desired style

General rules

  • Think hydration, hydration, hydration
  • Treat coily hair types like a fine silk – cleanse gently, detangle softly, and avoid harsh chemicals
  • Requires hydration and oil to seal the hydration for strong health hair
  • Requires weekly deep conditioning
  • Use thicker natural emollients like mango and shea butters to maximize your wash-and-go, twist-out, or bantu knot-out style after washing
  • Must use potent leave-in moisturisers and curl defining creams to leave the afro mane defined
  • Coils thrive with minimal daily manipulation by way of protective styles
  • “I feel empowered to embrace all of myself and educated about my natural hair, what it needs and how it ought to be treated.”

    Chelsey CJ S.
  • “Rumbie & Co always makes me feel welcomed and it’s like I’m chatting with friends. From the moment you walk in until you leave, the professionalism and sound advice has definitely made my natural hair journey all that easier to handle. I’ve searched far and wide for a hairstylist that knows how to handle my hair type and since coming to Rumbie & Co, I have never looked back!”

    Ellie S.
  • “Very lovely staff and Rumbie is especially gorgeous! Gave me great advice on maintaining curly hair and the cut was superb.”

  • “Very welcoming environment from Rumbie her staff and her clients, Professional service from start to finish after care hair advice was easy to understand and to implement, im embracing my natural curls thanks to Rumbie and her staff after years of neglect Rumbie has brought life back into my hair and her recommendation of hair products are amazing and affordable. THANK YOU!”

  • “I visited Rumbie & Co for my 1st haircut in several years & couldn't be happier with the result. It was the most stress-free haircut I have ever experienced. Thankyou Rumbie for providing such a beautiful environment and being gracious and confident in your skills - as well as understanding of the hair experiences that have brought clients like myself to you. My expectations were well & truly exceeded & I would highly recommend this salon.”

  • “This woman is a wonder with dreads. My locs are always pristine after my appointment and they stay looking so sharp for the whole month. She is wonderful to be around too. Such positive vibes. Her salon is always a fun place to be. With so many interesting people coming through. This place is a real sanctuary for everyone especially people of colour! Yeah you could find cheaper but you will find no better. Not in Sydney. Perhaps not even the world...I (and my dreads) thank you!”

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