The first step to achieving the best from your curls is understanding your curl type. If a product works for one person, it doesn’t mean that the same will work for your hair. Our curls are not the same so why should we treat them the same way.
There are four different categories of hair types identified by Andre Walker – Emmy Award winner and personal stylist to Oprah Winfrey. Straight, Wavy, Curly, Kinky and all at different levels from a to c. Once you know your hair type, it’s easier to find out what type of products will work best for your hair. This will be a guide only as you also need to consider what condition your hair is.
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So what is your hair type?
- Hangs loose and free.
- Shiny (reflects light easily).
- Hard to damage.
- Very hard to curl
- Easily becomes oily •
- It lies between straight and curly hair.
- There are three sub categories: 2a, 2b, and 2c. They all form different “S” shaped curves or curls.
- 2a is thinner than other two forms; as a matter of fact, 2A hair is fine. Strands have just a hint of a bend in them. S-waves are loose and stretched out throughout the hair. This type can easily be styled straight or curly.
- 2b is a little thicker, with S-waves being shorter, more distinct.
- 2c is thick and coarse, with very distinct S-waves.
- Both 2b and 2c are more resistant to styling.
- Wavy hair is more susceptible to frizz.
- Has little bounce.
- It has more shine than curly hair, but less than straight.
- It has a much tighter curl pattern. It is categorized in 3a, 3b and 3c.
- All three subcategories form a definite “S”. The only difference is in the size of the curl.
- 3A hair type has a looser curl pattern – spiral curls.
- 3B hair has a tighter curl pattern – ringlets.
- 3C hair has a very tight curly look – corkscrews.
- Wavy hair has a lot of body.
- Can be styled in different styles.
- Does not have lots of sheen.
- Prone to damage.
- Easily frizzes in the humid climate. •
- Most African-American women have this hair type.
- It has extremely defined curls which are tightly coiled. There are also three varieties: 4a, 4b and 4c.
- 4a has a tightly coiled “S” pattern to it.
- 4B/C is more wiry with a zig-zag pattern.
- Kinky hair is driest of all types.
- It is most fragile of all other types.
- Has very little elasticity.
- It breaks very easily.