Figuring out your hair type can be difficult, especially if your mixed and got different textures in your hair. And to fix the textures into one hairstyle can be time-consuming and a pain. Although for some people it isn’t necessary to know their hair texture, worse their curl pattern, sometimes it can help if your know what your’re dealing with on your head.
Black Hair Texture and Hair Types
It has taken a long time to get the hang of knowing our textures and it can still be confusing, here is a comprehensive guide telling your exactly your type of hair, kinks, curls and all.
Type 1 Hair
Type 1 hair is straight, no doubt about it. Classified into 3 categories 1A, 1B, 1C, it has virtually no curls at all.
1A hair is defined as fine and thin with little to no volume or bounce.
The second type 1B is a mix of thin and coarse hair with more volume than type 1A hair.
The third type is 1C which is straight coarse hair. Type 1C hair has the most curl resistance, it is next to impossible to curl your hair without probably a flat iron, also water- based, light products work best for this type of hair as heavy products will just weigh it down and give it a greasy feel.
Type 2 Hair
This type of hair has more waves and is harder to manage as it is more prone to frizziness. There are 3 categories 2A, 2B and 2C.
2A hair is thin with a slight “S” wave usually found at the ends of the hair, and just like type 1A hair it usually lacks volume and undefined curls, but it is easier to straighten or curl with a styling tool.
Type 2B hair is a mix of thin and coarse with a more defined “S” curl pattern, that tends to adhere to the shape of your head and is prone to slight friziness at the top of the head.
Type 2C is coarse with a well-defined “S” curl pattern with added bounce and volume.
Type 3 Hair
Type 3 hair is definitely curly hair, it has a definite “S” shaped curl pattern but it isn’t as shiny as Type 1 or Type 2 hair because the cuticles doesn’t lay flat. It still has the same 3 categories as Type 1 and 2, which is 3A, 3B, 3C.
3A being the loosest it is also very shiny and is more prone to lose curl definition more quickly and tends to get very frizzy especially in high humidity.
3B hair has medium amount of curls, ranging from corkscrew curls (spiral- shaped) to bouncy ringlets.
3C hair has been defines as having very tight corkscrew curls or coils.
Type 4 Hair
This type of hair is defined as kinky; It ranges from tight coils to z- angled coils. Out of all the hair types, Type 4 hair needs the most moisture, it tends to get dry and tangled very quickly. Often times it appears to be coarse but really it is very fine hair strands densely packed together. It is the most common of the black hair types; it is also split into 3 subcategories;type 4A, 4B and 4C.
4A hair is full of tight coil and has an “S” pattern when stretched, it is similar to type 3 hair.
4B hair is less defines and has more of a “Z” curl pattern as the hair bends at a very sharp angle.
4C has a more defined “S” curl pattern, but it is not shown unless the hair is twisted, braided or the hair strands are shingled. ( Shingling is to take each individual curl where it naturally starts to separate in between my index finger and thumb and starting at my roots, smooth the curl downwards to the end.)
Though some people are skeptical about identifying their hair type (I use to be one of them). It is important to know the textures on your head, nowadays there are products specialized towards the different type of hair, to make it easier to care and style your hair. Identifying your hair type is the first step your can take towards getting the best version of your hair. Whether your are type 1,2 or 3, I believe everyone has a chance to better their hair texture, there are already millions who have done it and so can yours.
If your hair matches any on of these types or even if its mixed. Comment below and let me know I’d love to hear your story.