You're really my type!
There is no "one-size-fits-all" solution to managing hair. To establish the right individual hair regiment for you, a first step is to find out what hair type you are.
By understanding and embracing the individuality of your curls you are way closer to reaching realistic hair goals.
Below you will find the most commonly used chart to determine hair types: Andre Walker's Hair Typing System. You might see that you are not one, but two or more different hair types.
There are also other facts like porosity and exposure, that might determine what kind of type you are and what products to use, but we found "curliness" to be the most important thing.
Did you know that kinky coily hair can grow just as long as straight hair?
The difference is that it is extremely fragile and you need a lot of knowledge to do it.
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What hair type are you?
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to managing hair. But with knowledge and by embracing the individuality of your curls you are in control. Together we can figure out what makes your curls tick. To start with: let's see who you are.
Below you will see a chart (Andre Walker Hair Typing System) that is the most common chart used to determine what kind of hair type you are. Knowing this it will be much easier to establish the right individual hair regiment for you. (You might see that you are not one, but two or more different hair types. There are also other facts like porosity and exposure, that might determine what kind of type you are and what products to use, but we found "curliness" to be the most important thing.
Why is this important?
A well-known fact is that there are huge differences between straight and curly hair, regarding chemical structure, shape, nutrition and maintenance needs. Despite this, most products are designed for and tested on Caucasian hair types although marketed to people with non-caucasian hair (learn more). This means that you for many years might have used products that make more harm than well, without knowing it.
Type 1 hair is described as fine, very thin and soft with a noticeable shine.
Type 1B hair is medium-textured and has more body than Type 1A hair.
Type 1C hair is the most resistant to curly styling and relatively coarse compared to other Type 1 hair types.
Andre Walker's Hair Typing System
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Type 2 hair is fine and thin. It is relatively easy to handle from a styling perspective because it can easily be straightened or curled.
Type 2B hair characteristically has waves that tend to adhere to the shape of your head.
Type 2C hair will frizz easily and it is fairly coarse.
Type 3 hair has well defined loopy curls. It may be prone to frizz, so it is best to use light products that will give you a nice hold.
Type3b hair curls are well defined with less space between each bend and curve than 3a hair. The texture may be coarse and dense.
Type 3c hair as a defined corkscrew shape and has the smallest space between the bends in the hair strand of all the type 3 hair types. Avoid heat use when possible by instead using stretching techniques: like braids, or twists.
Type 4 hair is full of tight coils. It has an “S” pattern when stretched, much like Type 3 curly hair.
Type 4B hair has a less defined pattern of curls and looks more like a “Z” as the hair bends with very sharp angles.
Type 4C hair is very tightly coiled. Be careful with those tiny curls! Type 4 is the most fragile hair type. When dry it can have shrinkage up to 70% or more. Type 4 benefits the most from moisture sealing and heavy products like natural butters and oils.