Understanding your hair type
Have you struggled with taking care of your hair; not being able to figure out which products are right for you or how to maintain it? It could be that you just don’t understand your hair type. Well Choma, I put together a bit of info on hair types that I think could help get you on your healthy hair journey.
The hair type chart
The most widely used hair type chart was created by Oprah Winfrey’s hairstylist Andre Walker. This chart was created to identify the different hair textures. Here is what these hair types mean:
- 1 - This type of hair is usually straight, thin, and soft. It’s also not easy to curl and it can be oily.
- 2a - This type of hair is thin and wavy, and it’s in the form of an “S” pattern. It’s also easier to style compared to the 1-type hair.
- 2b - This hair type is medium-wavy. It tends to be frizzy and it’s a bit hard to style.
- 2c - This hair type is wavy-coarse and it has thicker waves. It can get frizzy and is also a bit tricky to style.
- 3a - This hair type has thick loose curls with an “S” pattern. It can be a combination texture of 2b and 2c hair.
- 3b - This hair type has medium-tight curls with a combination of texture from 3a and 2c.
- 3c - This hair type has tight curls that can either be kinky or tightly curled.
- 4a - This hair type has a kinky and soft texture, that is very fragile and has a more defined curly pattern. This hair retains moisture well but can still be prone to dryness.
- 4b - This hair type is medium-kinky with more of a “Z” shaped pattern and less defined curls. The hair can be fragile and tightly coiled. It’s also highly susceptible to dryness and breakage.
- 4c - This hair type is coarse and very kinky. Even though this type of hair type can be mistaken with 4b hair, the difference is 4c hair is tightly kinked and looks like it has no definition. The hair can shrink up to 70% and more, and it looks shorter than it usually is when it’s not stretched.
I know all of this can sound overwhelming but it’s important to understand that we are all different and because of our genetics, our hair is also different - so it’s okay if your hair doesn’t grow as fast as your friend’s hair.
Do you recognise your hair type in the chart and explanation? If you do then that’s great, now you can do more research into your hair type. Knowing your hair type is important because it’ll make it easier for you to take care and maintain your hair so it can stay healthy, and also so that you know which products to use that won’t damage your hair. Let me know what your hair type is in the comments section below.
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