Thursday, 4 November 2010

Hair Type Classification System

Author:  Chane Gilliam

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Andre Walker, famous hairstylist to Oprah, designed a hair classification system for curly hair that is used across numerous boards and blogs. Knowing your type can help you to choose the right styling and hair care options.
Personally, I think some people think this information is more important than it actually is. While knowing my hair type helped some, it hasn't changed my routine by much. Also, it's vital to understand that one type is not better than another. All types have disadvantage and advantages. The 3 curly hair types are:
Straight Hair - Type 1
This refers to hair that is straight with no wave or curl. It can be easy to manage and it can difficult to manage, particularly since it is difficult for straight hair to hold a curl.
Wavy Hair - Type 2
This refers to hair that forms the shape of an S and sticks close to the head. It has three sub types that detail the texture of the curl. 2a is fine, 2b medium textured, and 2c is coarse.
Curly Hair - Type 3
Refers to curls that are well-defined and springy. Hair of this type has lots of body and is easy to work with whether it's straightened or styled in its natural state. It also has sub types. 3a curls are big and loose, 3b curls are medium and range from medium ringlets to tight corkscrews (sharpie size), and 3c curls are very tight corkscrews (pencil or straw size).
Kinky Hair - Type 4
Refers to hair that is tightly curled with a visible curl pattern. It includes 2 sub classifications. 4a curlies have curls that form an S pattern and 4b curlies have curls that form a Z pattern. You can tell which one you are by pulling out a strand of hair and examining the curl.
In terms of this classification, I have a few types throughout my hair and that is actually very common. I am 3c in the top front, 4a in the middle (this is the majority of my hair) and 4b in the very back left side of my head.

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