What is my hair type? How can I find what hair type I have? What products should I use for my hair type? These are questions that many with natural hair often ask. While knowing your hair type can be essential to your hair care regimen, it is important to figure out what works for your hair. Using the same regimen as someone with the same hair type can be devastating to your hair. Someone may have the same hair type as you, but their hair may require a different regimen. Everyone’s hair is different. Find what works for your hair and love your hair. Remember all hair types are beautiful.
There are four hair types (1-4) that have a range of three different textures (A-C). This system was created to help women get an idea of which products would work for their hair. We have explained each hair type and the things you can add to your regimen based off what your hair type requires.
Type 1 hair is straight hair. It is usually fine and thin, but it can sometimes be coarse. Type one hair is also usually oily because sebum, oil that lubricates hair, can reach the ends of the hair.
Type 1 Textures
1A: Type 1A hair is very fine and thin. It is soft and usually very oily.
1B: Type 1B has similar characteristics as type 1A. The main differences are that 1B is a little coarser and has body.
1C: Type 1C hair is coarse. Depending on the climate 1C hair can be frizzy.
Products for Type 1 Hair
With type 1 hair it is important to wash your hair at least twice a week. Straight hair tends to have oil build up, so it is important to shampoo each wash. When using products on straight hair do not use too much product. This can weigh your hair down, causing it to look flat.
Type 2 Hair
Type 2 hair is wavy hair. This hair type falls between straight hair and curly hair. Type 2 hair
is not as oily as type 1 hair.
Type 2 Textures
2A: Type 2A hair is loosely waved. This hair texture is fine and thin like type 1 hair but can be curled and styled easier.
2B: Type 2B hair is moderately wavy. The roots are straight, but midway the hair makes a S
2C: Type 2C hair has waves that are more defined. The waves usually start at the root of the hair. Type 2C hair is coarse and can be very frizzy.
Products for Type 2 Hair
Because type 2 hair is less oily, wash hair at least once a week. Use products that are light weight. Heavy products can weigh down hair. Scrunch wet hair to add volume.
Type 3 Hair
Type 3 hair is curly hair. This type of hair has a S shape curl pattern. Type 3 hair is more voluminous. It can be very frizzy.
Type 3 Textures
3A: Type 3A hair is a very loose curl.
3B: Type 3B curls are tighter and makes a corkscrew curl.
3C: Type 3C hair is coily and coarse. This texture is tighter than both 3A and 3B and is prone to shrinkage.
Products for Type 3 Hair
Wash and deep condition once a week Use cream based and gel like products. Gel based products will help define your curls.
Type 4 Hair
Type 4 hair is kinky hair. This hair type is the most fragile of them all. Type 4 hair must be managed with care. Type 4 hair is very dry and fine.
Type for Textures
4A: Type 4A hair is very tight and coily. It forms a S shape pattern and is like type 3C hair.
4B: Type 4B hair is less defined than 4A hair. It forms a Z shape curl pattern.
4C: Type 4C hair is very dense. It is less defined as the other textures. Type 4C hair has the most shrinkage.
Products for Type 4 Hair
Wash and deep condition your hair once a week. Pre-poo hair with oils. Use creamy products to moisturize hair. Also, style hair in twist outs, bantu knot outs, braid outs, etc. Sleep with a satin bonnet or satin pillow case.