I was alway curious what my hair type was but I honestly didnt really understand the charts so I took the time to research more than just one until I found one that aided to my learning style (visual and detail).
Learning more about your hair begins with knowing your hair type. As there are many degrees to hair types. This is not a comprehensive list but a guide to help you get started. Knowing your hair type can help you narrow down a hair care regimen, your next great hair style, or even help you with selecting the right kind of hair for extensions, pieces and weaves.
Many people use one of two hair typing methods to look for hair care product recommendations/ general hair care information. HOWEVER, Most people have multiple textures on one head; so don’t worry if your hair does not fall into only one category.
Oprah’s Hair Stylist (yes OPRAH!), Andre Walker has classified hair into various hair types in his book “Andre Talks Hair”. This system is the most commonly used to classify hair textures. The Andre Walker system divides hair into 4 categories: straight, wavy, curly and kinky. Within these types there are 1-3 subcategories.
Type 1: Straight Hair
Type 1: Straight Hair Characteristics: More oilier than dry, shiny, has the tendency to not hold curls. Hard to damage.
1A: Very shiny, thin, soft and fine.
1B: A lot of body with a medium-texture.
1C: Extremely resistant to curling and shaping.
Type 2: Wavy hair
Type 2 wavy hair tends to be coarse, with a definite “S” pattern to it. Your hair is wavy, or Type 2, if it curves in the “S” shape while laying flat against the scalp, instead of standing away from the head the way curly hair does. Type 2s are often confused with Type 3s because it is easy to get curly hair to lay flat and look wavy. But the hallmark of wavy hair is that it sticks close to the head: even if you cut it in layers, it won’t bounce up.
Type 2A- fine and thin; very easy to handle, blowing out into a straighter style or taking on curlier looks with relative ease.
Type 2B- medium-textured; More resistant to styling and has the tendency to frizz.
Type 2C- thick and coarse; little more resistant to styling and have a tendency to frizz
Type 3: Curly Hair
With curly hair, there is a definite loopy “S” pattern. Most people think curly hair is coarse, but actually it is usually baby soft and very fine– there’s just a lot of it. Because the cuticle layers don’t like as flat, curly hair isn’t as shiny as straight or wavy hair. The hair doesn’t have a very smooth surface, so light doesn’t reflect off of it as much. If you’re a Type 3, your hair has a lot of body and is easily styled in its natural state, or it can be easily straightened with a blow-dryer into a smoother style. Healthy Type 3 hair is shiny, with soft, smooth curls and strong elasticity. The curls are well defined and springy: pull out a strand of hair and stretch it; it won’t snap in two.
Type 3A- hair that is very loosely curled.
Type 3B- hair with a medium amount of curl, ranging from bouncy ringlets to tight corkscrews
Type 3C- hair with tight curls in corkscrews. The curls can be either kinky, or very tightly curled, with lots and lots of strands densely packed together. Some people refer to this as “big hair.” Getting this type of hair to blow dry straight is more challenging than for 3A or 3B, but it usually can be done. This includes those with very tight curls but finer hair, as well as coarser hair. 3C has really really tight curls, like pencil or straw circumference..
Type 4: Kinky Curls
Type 4 category is kinky, or very tightly curled. Generally, Type 4 hair is very wiry, very tightly coiled and very, very fragile. Type 4 hair appears to be coarse, but it is actually quite fine, with lots and lots of this strands densely packed together. Healthy Type 4 hair won’t shine, but it will have sheen and will be soft to the touch. It shrinks. A lot. Usually 75+% of your hair’s length will be hidden thanks to shrinkage.
Type 4 hair looks tough and durable, but looks can be deceiving. Type 4 hair is the most fragile hair type. It has fewer cuticle layers, which means that it has less natural protection from the damage from combing, brushing, blow-drying and straightening. The more cuticle layers in a single strand of hair, the more protection it has from damage. Each time you damage your hair; you break down a cuticle layer, robbing your hair of much-needed moisture. Eventually, it’s going to snap and break.
Many women with Type 4 hair rely on chemical relaxers to make hair easier to control. In its natural states, sometimes Type 4 hair doesn’t grow very long because every time you comb it, it breaks, generally because it lacks moisture. It IS possible to grow Type 4 hair out without the big CHOP if hair was kept healthly during its relaxed state.
There are two subtypes of Type 4 hair.
Type 4A- tightly coiled hair that, when stretched, has an “S” pattern, much like curly hair. Has more moisture than 4B.
Type 4B- which has a “Z” pattern, less of a defined curl pattern (instead of curling or coiling, the hair bends in sharp angles like the letter “Z”). If your hair has been chemically straightened, you’ll need at least one inch of new growth to tell which subcategory your hair falls into. Once you do pull at your roots. If you have a definite curl pattern you’re a 4A if not you’re a 4B.
For those who are detailed visual learners like myself you can Download a SheNeverTells.com Hair Type Chart
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According to this method, my hair type is 3b…
WHATS YOUR TYPE?