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Hair Typing

why use it at all?

Hair typing is definitely not the 100% solution to understanding your hair, but it does provide you with a good starting point. Knowing your hair type will enable you to choose more suitable products and will help provide you with guidance for how you should handle your hair.


What’s Your Hair Type?

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There are two typesCurly-Hair-Type-Chart of systems that are used to classify our hair, one being being Andre Walker’s Hair Type Classification System and the other is the LOIS system. However, what Black Naps finds to be  the easiest to follow and the most visually descriptive system would be Andre Walker’s hair typing system.

The classification system ranges from straight hair types to curly hair types. Curly hair types include:  3a, 3b, 3c,  4a, 4b, and 4c. The best way to see your true curl pattern is after you have washed your hair and your hair has air dried without product.




Type 4 hair guide

product recommendations + care tips

As you can see curl patterns range from a loose wave  like curl to a tighter curl with little to no definition. For us kinkier ladies you can see that we do not have as much space in between our curls, the pattern is tight with tons of bends in the strand with hardly any curve which makes the hair extremely susceptible to hair breakage, dryness, and damage. 4b and 4c hair types do not retain water as well as 4a hair texture and type 3 hair because the bends in your hair make it harder for your hair to receive the moisture you put into it. However there is hope! Download the free guide for products that are great for type 4 hair and tips that will keep your hair healthy. The products listed are products that I love, use regularly, and played a role in helping my 4c hair grow long. See what I am using! - Ariane (Editor In Chief )

More than one hair type on one head of hair?

it’s highly possible!

It’s quite common for us to have more than one texture in our hair. Your edges may be 4b while the majority of your hair is 4a type. Or you may have 4a hair with some 3c strands for example. Remember no two heads of hair are alike. Hair type systems are good for learning about your hair or what could potentially be best for it, but they are by no means an absolute standard. Use it as guidance and always go by what you know works best for your hair.

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  1. Symone' says

    I still don’t understand my hair type. I’ve been natural for a little over a year and I have curls that are always very defined just like the 4a picture. The difference is that they are really small and I experience a ton of shrinkage. Does anyone have a similar type of hair?

    • Shakerra says

      I feel I do… I’m not sure. I get a lot of shrinkage too. Though, I don’t have hair that I can sleep on from a wash and go and it be all bouncy in the morning. What about you?

  2. says

    I allowed a beautician to color my gray. In the process my 4c coils have totally disappeared. My hair does not coil after washing. What must I do to get coils back? I was thinking about getting my hair cut very low to start over again. Please help me with any advice. My hair is just a nappy bush. I had really pretty curls. I forget to say she combed out my coils

  3. shuntez says

    I have 4b hair I think. The of my hair is an afro but some salonist say I have 4c hair its not coily its kinky and real soft.

  4. Chantell says

    Hi. I am not new to the whole big-chop thing. i have big-chopped several time over the years and regrew my hair, but this time it is a very serious matter to me. I am tired of the creamy crack (but due to the usage my texture has changed.) I do however use texturizer to soften my hair due to constantly breakage, and obsessive need for water. (It cries Help Me!) I am using the Hairfinity and Miconazole which work and the water bottle. As a co-wash I use main and tail and I dress my hair with a texturizer gel and water topped by my tips being lathered withed castor oil. I know it seems like much but it is a root to tip process not a overall head thing. Miconazole is for the Trich area. (If you don’t know what Trich is look up Trichotillamania online) The and tell is so that my roots can grab conditioning and so etc, etc. My question is, is there is way I can cut down on so many conditioners and slathering so I can retain water ,retention and grow my hair. Between the Trich and the breakage I feel like just being bald.

  5. Abeda says

    Hey guys! I recently did a Big Chop, and I really want to grow back my long beautiful hair. I’m now 16, but when I was 12 I pressed my hair with the iron comb and since then my hair has changed its texture. Before it was 3c and now it’s about 4a. Would it be difficult to get back my hair to its super long length?

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