Knowing your hair texture is just as important as knowing your address, telephone number and social security number. Think of your Natural hair texture as another form of identification. And with that identification you can access the correct hair products, treatments and techniques required to keep your strands healthy and full of life. The basic hair textures are Straight, Wavy, Coily, Curly and each one of these groups have sub-groups. You can learn more about the sub-groups of these textures (here – create content).
The first thing you need to determine when you are on the path to learning about your natural strands is to learn how to determine which one of the above categories you fit in. Now keep in mind in some cases there are those of us who have multiple textures. This makes maintaining your natural strands a little more work than most, but keep in mind its doable and anything thats done consistently becomes a walk in a park for us humans.
How to identify your hair texture:
- You can have a professional consultation with a natural hair specialist who can provide you with hat information. And nowadays you can find plenty of salons providing free consults.
- You can catch a video tutorial by your favorite Video Blogger
- Last you can check out the examples above and compare your natural strands to see where you hair fits in.
Knowing what your texture requires to maintain a healthy set of strands.
Straight hair lays flat, minimum volume and no curl pattern at all.
(A)Wavy (Fine or Thin) This hair has a definite “S” pattern and you can accomplish many styles with this hair type.
(B)Wavy (Medium) This hair type can show frizz, and at times show to be resistant when trying to style.
(C)Wavy (Coarse) This hair type is resistant to styling and usually show lots of frizz. You will see thicker waves.
Type 3A – 3C
Healthy Type 3 hair is full of shine, soft and the curls are smooth and strong elasticity. The curls are well defined and springy.
(A)Loose Curls this hair tends to be shiny and can be combination textures. It can be thick, full and with lots of body. The curl patterns is a definite “S” pattern. This hair type can also show lots of frizz. Don’t forget the longer the hair the more definite the curl will become.
(B) Tight Curls – This hair type shows to have a lot of combination textures, with a medium amount of curls.
(C) Really Tight Curls – You will see a corkscrew type of curl. The hair can be kinky or just very tightly curled. You better believe you will see a lot of strands densely packed together. This hair type can be a handful if you do not know how to work with it.
Type 4A – 4C
This hair type comes with a unique “Z” curl pattern and the curl is less defined.
For Type A those who study hair will tell you that there are two A Sub-Types for Coiled Hair. Yes Honey!!! This hair type is unique, beautiful and complex.
(A-1) -Tightly Coiled hair that shows the “S” pattern when it is stretched, but also has shows the “Z” pattern when there is less of a defined curl patter.
(A-2) – Kinky Soft this hair is very fragile, and tightly coiled. The curl pattern is more defined in this hair type.
(B) Kinky & Swirls is a very fragile hair type as well, and is tightly coiled, but has less defined curly patterns and more of a “Z” pattern and shape
(C) This type of hair can be described as tight curls in corkscrews. The curls can be either kinky, or very tightly curled, with a lot of strands densely packed together.