I have been getting some really good questions on my Facebook page about what hair typing is, so this blog post will give you more clarity. Knowing your hair type is extremely beneficial because it allows you to have a better understanding of how your hair reacts to certain products, as well as which haircare regimens will best promote your natural hair growth. When I started my natural hair journey I did not know my hair type, so I took hair advice and tips from bloggers/youtubers with wavy and loosely curled hair thinking that my hair would grow out and look like theirs. Well guess what, it did not! A ‘wash and go’ or a ‘twist out’ did not look quite the same when I did it on my own hair, or my hair would not feel as soft/moisturized when using a product that they had used on their hair. However, once I started following regimens of people with my hair type (4C hair), my hair flourished.
As you can see from the picture above, natural hair textures come in different forms. It goes from bone straight type 1 hair (usually caucasian hair) to tightly coiled 4c type hair. African hair grows out curly or coily in its natural state (when it is NOT relaxed) so this type of hair usually ranges between type 3 and 4. I will therefore focus on these two hair types. In order to figure out your hair type you need to know how curly or coily your hair is. Please note that it is easier to figure out your hair type when your natural hair is freshly washed or it could just be wet. So put your hair under the shower first.
Type 3 hair usually has a defined curl pattern i.e there is a visible curl definition when looking at the hair from a distance. Determining whether it is A, B or C depends how loose or tight your curl is. As you can see in the picture above the tighter the curl the more it resonates with 3C hair.
Type 4 hair is usually more coily/kinky as seen above. It is also prone to the most shrinkage and can shrink up to 75% of its actual hair length. 4A has a noticeable coil definition and the curls are the most loose as compared to 4B and 4C. 4B is inbetween and has a coil pattern that is noticeable in certain places. 4C has tight coils that are not defined, for example, the hair coils in all different directions in its natural state.
There is a lot of information on hair typing and it is easy to get lost in all the aesthetics. If your hair is actually 4b but you follow 4c hair type regimens it is really not THAT big of a deal, the point is you are following type 4 hair which is more important. If you are starting your natural hair journey do not be overwhelmed. My advice is to have a rough idea of what your hair type is and follow regimens that work well with your hair type as a guideline. With time you will learn what YOUR hair likes and dislikes which is the ultimate goal to healthy and happy hair.
There is no good or bad hair and I dont believe hair typing is created in order to discriminate on certain types of hair. I absolutely love my 4c hair and I am glad I can get the right hair advice from people with my hair type instead of being misinformed and wasting time on tips that won’t work on my hair.
I hope you found this helpful and now have a better idea of what your hair type is. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments section.
Lady Bawss xxx
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