Know Your Hair Type

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?

find out now!

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. Jakeeanu Smith says

    I want to go natural but don’t want the chop route. How do I start and what do I use for my 3c/4a type hair?

  2. Michelle says

    Hi, I’m just starting my transition from relaxed hair to natural ( stop relaxing hair in October 2014). My scalp is so tender. Is this normal?

    • VerRanda says

      Yes. It was for me. January 12, 2013 was when i started and my head was tender for about 6 months. Keep it moisturized and that will help.

  3. rhonda thomas says

    I have 4b hair and I’m looking for a natural hair product that doesn’t require water to rehydrate my curls the next day because the water makes my hair hard and crunchy and dry.

    • Kanisha says

      Are you sure it’s water that is making your hair hard and crunchy and dry? Water is what causes our hair revert to its natural state, so if you apply water and your hair becomes hard, that may just be the condition of your hair.

      I would try a moisturizing leave-in conditioner. Right now I’m really loving the Lavish Curls Leave-In Conditioner by CURLS. It’s a terrific product. If your hair is suffering from dryness, you may want to try a moisturizing deep conditioner after your next wash. We have a great article about that here.

      I really hope this helps!

  4. Bambi says

    please help me find out my hair type a!! i have been natural or attempting to be natural for almost 3 years i did my big chop and i have still never known my hair type which i want to know so i can check my progress and know how my hair is suppose to be i dont know if i could send you pictures of it through email or not but its making it hard to buy product when i dont really know my hair type….

    • Kanisha says


      There is a really great visual of different hair types here.

      Still, knowing your hair type isn’t everything when it comes to buying products: that’s just a jump off point. Every head of hair is different and even if curls/coils appear the same, other factors such as protein/moisture balance and any type of damage play a role in what products you should purchase.

      Hope this helps!

  5. yana says

    hi you guys i have the 4b type hair and i dont know what to do with it , its super thick and dry and sometimes when i comb it out i have a few dreads and this is my 1st time goin natrual and im considering going back to my relaxed hair but i dont want to i just dont have nothing to do with my hair now that its natrual
    somebody please help me

    • Rachel says

      Hi! I read your comment, and I am no hair guru by any means, but you should definitely go to YouTube and check out the multitude of videos regarding natural hair! It’s a great resource. I’m 16, and I’ve had natural hair my entire life, but only recently have I taken an interest into natural hair care and maintenance. DON’T GO BACK TO RELAXING YOUR HAIR.

      I recommend starting your YouTube exploration here:–eTk

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