What’s Your Hair Type?

Today I will explain how your can discover your hair type so that you can better take care of them. For a long time in my life I didn’t know that there are several categories for the various types of hair, and that they are separated by numbers and letters. I went to learn that when I was in hairdressing school.

The well-known hairdresser Andre Walker, who has won an Emmy Award for his work as a hair stylist for Oprah Winfrey, – in addition to making the famous Halle Berry’s pixie haircut- created a chart explaining the different types of hair and today I I’ll pass on to you what I’ve learned.

The hair are divided into 4 types:

  • Straight
  • Wavy
  • Curly
  • Kink Curly

Each of these has 3 different textures. Knowing your hair type helps a lot so you can use products that will help your hair and you won’t spend money on products that won’t leave your hair the way you want.

Hair Type 1 – Straight

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They can be A, B, or C, and range from thin / fragile to thick.

Type 1A is the thinnest and fragile. Type 1B has a mixture of thin and thick hair and type 1C is thick. The 1C is the hardest to style. You can use a babyliss and after 2 hours it will be flat again. Because they’re thicker, the scalp oil reaches the ends more easily, leaving it with lots of shine. A very common example of hair type 1C is Asian hair (smooth and thick).

Hair Type 2 – Wavy

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Hair type 2 can range from fine to rough and full of frizz.

Type 2A has a slight S-shaped trim at its ends, usually lacking volume (withered hair) and no definition.

Type 2B has more definition than 2A, being almost smooth near the root and forming a more defined S, and tends to have less frizz at the top of the head.

The type 2C has a rougher texture with plenty of volume and you’ll surely notice the S-shape that starts right close to the root. This type of hair is prone to frizz.

Hair Type 3 – Curly

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Hair type 3 can go between looser curls and/or smaller and tighter ones.

Type 3A has spiral curls that form a S shape, but may loose definition easely, in addition to the propensity to frizz.

Type 3B has curves that can range from bigger spirals, its texture a bit more rough and dense as well.

The type 3C has smaller curls that are dense and lots volume, besides being the type of hair that can show experience “shrinkage”.

Hair Type 3 – Kink Curly

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Hair types 4 can range from small, tight clusters to angular curls that may look like a Z. This hair  experiences more “shrinkage”, as well as being the most fragile because it has fewer protective layers when compared to previous hair.

Type 4A has small, tight clusters, with fine and fragile texture, and high density and volume.

Type 4B has curls that appear to twist / fold in a shape that resembles the letter Z. It has little or no definition. The texture is fragile and may look a bit rough.

The 4C type has more “shrinkage” than the previous ones and almost no definition, and its texture can range from super thin and soft to rougher, it can be very delicate.

Two things you should know before finding out your type of hair: If it is chemically treated you will have to wait until its in natural state to know exactly what type it is. Note that some people may have a combination: wavy (2C) at the top and curly at the top of nape (3A).

I hope this will help you discover your hair type so that you can get a more suitable washing/conditioning routine. This can make all the difference between a rebellious hair and one that feels healthy and looks beautiful.


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