Naturalistas, do you know your hair type?

I had always heard about hair types in the past but never really knew much about them until I decided to do a little research.

Why exactly do we need to know about our hair type? It is because when it comes to natural hair, what works for the goose might not necessarily work for the gander, especially when it comes to hair styling. The application of the same products and procedure might look completely different on your hair from the way it looks on another person’s hair if you don’t have the same hair type. You see why it is very important that we know our hair type.

The hair typology was created by Andre Walker, and has since been accepted across board as a standard system for grading hair types. By using numbers and letter, he identified the varying degrees of curly hair. The numbers are used to define the amount of curls while the letters are used to define the thickness of the hair

Type 1: hair that is always straight and no curl pattern
Type 2: hair that has a slight or faint wave
Type 3: hair that is slightly curly
Type 4: hair that is extremely kinky

Type a: Thin and Fine hair with loose curl patterns
Type b: Medium textures and curls with more defined shape
Type c: Thicker and Coarser with tight and smaller curl pattern

Type 1
Type 2b
Type 3a

Type 4a
Type 4b
Type 1 hair is always straight and has tendency to be shiny and oily. It is more common among Caucasians and Asians and is not categorized into a, b and c, as it has not curl patterns. Type 2a can easily be straightened while 2c is more resistant to styling. As for type 3, a lot of African Americans have this hair type. It has a tighter and well defined curl pattern with a springy feel. It is very prone to frizziness. It is also common amongst mixed race black people

Type 4, which a lot of core Africans have is very kinky and coarse. It is very prone to dryness and frizziness. It is fragile and rends to be less shiny. It needs to be moisturized more regularly than all other hair types. Type 4a, is tightly curled and has as S pattern while type 4b has a Z pattern. Type 4 hair is known to shrink up to 75% of their actual length

As I mentioned most Africans will have hair type ranging from 3c to 4b. Most black ladies have at least two different textures on their hair, so gauge your hair type and research on how exactly to manage it.

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  2. Good job you are doing here. My type is 4b/4c

  3. nice one will definitely be checking this blog out. its really not easy keeping your hair natural in nigeria.

  4. I'm a natural. I've been natural for a year and a half now. I love it. But, I don't really like putting my hair type into a category. So, I rather do without it. Lol.

    Natural hair is not difficult to care for. You just have to learn what you hair loves and needs over-time. Every hair type is different.

    So, don't think that because something worked for A it would work for B. Listen to your hair and give it what it craves for.

    But, my hair is very curly, kinky and coily. And, I LOVE it.

  5. @ Okeoghene: Thanks

    @ Tamuno: Thanks for dropping by. Yes, it is not easy for most people, but it can be made easy

    @ SweetlyBroken: Lol at your avoidance. What works for the goose is not what works for the gander. It seems you have a nice hair

  6. I think mine must be 4b or 4c, quite kinky. I'm still leaning all these stuff sha..

  7. just recently discovered i am a type 3b or 3c...and i am core naija... oh well!


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