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Understanding Your Hair Type


What is your hair type? What would you answer if you were asked that question? I also don't have the answer to that but today we are all going to find out what our hair types are.

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So what pushed me to find what my hair type is the fact that I still got my natural hair, and they are kind of long and I just thought it's time I should take good care of them. It's not that I don't do that right now, it's just that each hair type has its rules when it comes to a care routine.

Knowing your hair type and how to care for it is the key to healthy and beautiful hair they say.

There are various systems that people use to classify their hair types but the Andre Walker Hair Typing System is the most widely used system to classify hair. The system was created by the hairstylist of Oprah Winfrey, Andre Walker.

According to this system, there are four types of hair: 
  • Straight,
  • Wavy, 
  • Curly and 
  • Kinky.


  • STRAIGHT HAIR

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Generally, Type 1 hair is straight; this hair type is further categorized into three categories:

1aStick-straight.
1bStraight but with a slight body wave adding some volume.
1cStraight with body wave and one or two visible S-waves (e.g. at the nape of neck or temples)




  • WAVY HAIR

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Wavy hair that usually isn’t overly oily or very dry. This hair type is further categorized into three  categories:

2aLoose with stretched S-waves throughout.
2bShorter with more distinct S-waves (resembling e.g. braided damp hair).
2cDistinct S-waves, some spiral curling.


  • CURLY HAIR

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Curly hair textures have a definite “S” shaped curl pattern. Since the cuticle doesn’t lay flat, you will notice that curly hair isn’t nearly as shiny. This hair type is further categorized into three  categories:


3aBig, loose spiral curls.
3bBouncy ringlets.
3cTight corkscrews.


  • KINKY HAIR 

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Type 4 is “kinky” or more appropriately full of tight coils (tightly curled hair) with several thin hair strands densely packed together. .Typically, Type 4 hair is also extremely wiry and fragile.


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Note that type 4 hair is one of the most common hair types found in black hair (African hair). This hair type is further categorized into three  categories:

4aTightly coiled S-curls.
4bZ-patterned (tightly coiled, sharply angled)
4cMostly Z-patterned (tightly kinked, less definition)

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I think am a 4C, so what's your hair type?


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