We all know about straight, wavy, and curly hair types, however, did you know that hair typing can be much more specific? Hair typing is related to the amount of curl, texture, and thickness you see in your hair strands. Knowing your hair type is important when picking hair care routines, products, or even hairstyles for your specific hair type.
Andre Walker’s hair typing system is one of the most popular and can help you determine your hair type. Within each category, there are three subcategories detailing the amount of curl, texture, and thickness of the strands. With 12 hair types in total, how do you determine yours? For some people, it is possible to have more than one type of hair, and picking just one type may not be easy. However, if you’re curious to know whether you’re a 1C or a 4A, you’re in the right place! We’re going to go over every category in the system to help you identify your hair type.
The first hair type in the system refers to straight hair that tends to be shiny and oily. Within this type of hair there are three subcategories: 1A, 1B, and 1C.
Out of the three types, 1C is the one to that has the most body and soft bends. It is the one most likely hold a curl and it is loose in texture.
Type 2 hair is the happy medium between straight and curly. The hair strands have a “s” wave to them and are not to0 oily and not too dry. It has three specific subcategories: 2A, 2B, 2C.
The frizziest hair out of the three, type 2C hair consists of waves that are very tight making them curl around themselves, adding a bit of bounce. The hair strands also tend to be a bit rougher than the other type 2s.
This third hair type can also be classified as the “s” shaped hair. These naturally defined curls in the form of ringlets are quite dry due to the natural oils found in the scalp not reaching the entire hair strand. This type of hair also has 3 hair types: 3A, 3B, 3C.
Type 3C hair was not originally part of the Andre Walker hair typing system. It was later created by NaturallyCurly.com. The hair type consists of tight and highly textured curls. Curls are reasonably defined, however, they are not as smooth as the other two types of curly hair.
This final type of hair is known for being types of hair strands that curl tightly but unlike type 3 hair these curls are not defined and it tends to be very fine but with several strands packed together making it seem less fragile than it really is. This is a common hair type for many African American women.
Type four hair is quite dry because of the shape of each individual strand of hair. Because of the highly textured curl pattern, the natural oils produced at the scalp don’t reach more than one or two inches down the hair shaft. Type four hair texture also tends to remain the same whether dry or wet. Like all other hair types, there are three different subcategories: 4A, 4B, 4C.
Like type 3C, this hair type was not originally part of the Andre Walker’s Hair System. However, type 4C hair consists of zigzag-patterned curls that tend to show very little or no definition at all. An interesting fact about 4C hair is that it tends to shrink when dry by a little more than half of its length.
As we can see, there are many of different hair types and textures and it is a lot more detailed than simply straight, wavy or curly. Figuring out how to determine your specific hair type is easier with the help of this list.
Remember that your hair should be in its natural state when trying to determine what type of strands your hair consists of. Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo, allow it to dry naturally without the use of blow-dryers or even towels. They can change your natural hair slightly and make it harder to determine the type. Once your hair is dry, you can start to look at different sections of hair and decide along with the descriptions in this article what your hair type is. Remember it is also normal to have more than just one type of hair!