HOW TO TELL YOUR HAIR TYPE
After more research (a month later), I’ve looked back on this video and I now would do this video all over again. Here’s why: I believe based on the order of pattern, THE TYPE 4 CATEGORY SHOULD GO 4A — 4C — 4B because 4c is just a smaller diameter of 4a with more shrinkage. 4b is shown to have no coils at all. It should be a zig zag pattern that probably wouldn’t clump (but that’s relative) The photos I chose to represent 4B and 4C were based off research I found and trusted from sources describing the hair types and labeling them with these pictures. Also, misconceptions of what 4b “should be” based on the order of the letters. The ability for hair to clump from root to tip, I now believe is due to other factors like porosity, products, environment, genetics, etc.
4C wasn’t originally apart of this hair typing chart. It was added later because many people didn’t see their hair pattern represented. But it was kind of just tacked on at the end. 🤷🏾♀️
The LOIS System for strand pattern is ideal, I think. Mainly because it doesn’t talk about diameter at all, just pattern. This allows for more diversity in each category.
A VISUAL GUIDE THROUGH HAIR TYPES
Can you distinguish hair types 4b and 4c apart? In the video above, I discuss the different hair types and compare them. In particular, determining the difference between type 4b and 4c hair types. Then I’ll take my research and look at the strands of my own hair to determine my hair type. For the comparison, I’ve used the modified Andre Walker hair typing chart (below). I’ve also included photos of each hair type and video footage of my hair strands against the hair chart. Some of the photos are sourced from Naturally Curly and Kenny Olapade
This is the Andre Walker hair typing system. Who is he and why do we know him? He was Oprah’s hair stylist for years on her show. He won many Emmys for his work and he became well known because of his expertise. When looking at the chart, you’ll notice there’s not 3c or 4c hair types represented. The hierarchal structure of the chart and omission of hair types got him a lot of heat. Many people in the natural hair community were upset and felt excluded.
When was hair type 3c & 4c introduced? It seems that Naturally Curly heard the outcry and created a modified chart that included the missing hair types. Now we have 3c and 4c naturals represented.
WHAT ARE THE HAIR TYPES?
Hair type 1 is the easiest to spot. It’s bone straight naturally. Below are the remaining hair types.
Type 4a appears to have larger visible coils.
4b hair seems to have a zig zag pattern. 4c hair (right) clumps at the ends and usually shrinks more than 4a and 4b hair. When deciphering between the two, I tend to look at the amount of shrinkage and if the hair clumps into coils when wet or dry to tell the difference.
Here are the textures side by side. They are very identical and can get mixed up easily if the hair is dry.
MY HAIR TYPE
Based on my hair being soaking wet and the photos I chose for reference, I’d say my hair is mostly 4c with traces of 4b in the front, and 4a on the sides above my side burns. I encourage you to watch my video until the end for reference.
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