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More than one hair type?

Curly-Hair-Type-ChartIt’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.


Next we are going to talk about porosity. Knowing this will help you to understand how to keep your hair moisturized.


  1. Hey! I have 4c and 4b type mix. I have ALOTTTTTT of shrinkage and i want to do box braids,My mother,However does not let me have weave or extensions. Do you have any ideas for my hair type,Shrinkage,Box braids or anything?

  2. Phyl says:

    I’m a white woman with 3c hair and 4c edges/sections. All my life I have never fit in. I can only wash my hair twice a week, my hair breaks, frizzes and kinks in the weather, and I can’t exercise without my hair going full poof. It knots 10 seconds after I have tried to comb it, and if I don’t sleep on a silk pillowcase, I get broken pieces of hair in my bed at night. It’s shrinks up at least 50%. Traditional salons cannot handle my hair, but I have been turned away from salons that cater to WOC. Nobody in my family has this hair and it is so isolating. Blowing it out just dries it to the point of broken straw. But this is the suggestion I get every time I wear it natural. Like I’m being sloppy or messy. I understand that for WOC, this goes much deeper than hair. I don’t want to take anything away from what this means to WOC. But I feel like I cannot relate to straight hair ponytail swinging girls, and I would love to find a person with my hair that can relate to trying to conform to smooth shiny wash your hair every day expectations when your hair isn’t meant to do that. Just once I’d like to talk to someone who knows what it’s like to have people reach out and touch your hair because “I just wanna see what it feels like”. I even had someone at the gas station reach into the window of my car to touch my hair!! Who can I talk to? How can I find a salon who can show me the right way to take care of my very sassy hair? How can I find a way to talk to others about hair without treading on the cultural aspects of natural hair? Help!

  3. Just a Kid says:

    Hello im writing a story and i was wondering? what hair styles are good for 3c hair style? and if you could, find what styles (3c) were popular for the 1920’s (that’s the time period its in) she is African American also (I find that important she is my main character to!!).

    p.s I have no idea how to write characters of different colors and hair styles (im white and have wavy hair) that’s why I want to know so i don’t mess this up because i really hate when authors do that (plus I feel really bad if i do something wrong because I missed something in my research)

    Much thanks from a kid trying to write (sorry if i sound mean!)

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