So, do you know what your hair type is? Some people do not like their hair being put into a box and therefore do not follow the hair typing system. The most popular hair typing system for curlies was developed by Oprah Winfrey’s hairstylist, Andre Walker. He classified hair into four main categories: Straight – Type 1, Wavy – Type 2, Curly – Type 3 andKinky – Type 4. These were then defined into subcategories a, b and c.
It can be useful for people to know what their hair type is for the following reasons:
- It helps to determine which hairstyles your hair can pull off (with ease);
- It can assist you to determine what products will work better for your hair; and
- It can also be useful to compare your regimen with other people with similar hairtypes.
Most blogs refer to hair types when talking about different ways to look after your hair so its good to have an idea of what your hair type is. Knowing that I have 4c hair has been helpful for me in determining the products that are good for me (shea butter, water to moisturise and a variety of oils) has taught me that protective styling helps to retain the length of my hair (4c is fragile and prone to breakage) and that I just can’t wash and go (without consequences).
For more information on hair typing, read this article at Curly Nikki: http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/08/decoding-hair-texture-hair-typing.html
So what’s your hair type and how does that influence how you look after it?