Know Your Hair Type


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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.

4a hair 4a hair has a defined curl pattern almost like a “s” shape. Generally speaking it retains moisture fairly well, but as with most curly hair types can still be prone to dryness. Being that this hair type has a naturally defined curl pattern wash n’ go styles may be a great option as it can be easily achieved with the right product and technique.

4b hair 4b hair has a “z” shape pattern and has a more fluffy cottony appearance. Due to the bends and curves in the hair strand it is highly susceptible to dryness and breakage. This hair type shrinks up to 70% so without stretching out the hair it will appear shorter than it actually is.

4c hair 4c hair looks similar to 4b hair type only it is more tightly coiled. In its raw state (no products added and freshly washed) it does not have a defined curl pattern. Coils have to be defined by either twisting, braiding, or shingling through the strands. Many 4c naturals have shrinkage up to 70% or more. 4C hair type does best with products on the heavier creamier side. Learn more about the best 4c hair products. In order to grow 4c hair long, you have to be very gentle with it as it is the most fragile hair type. See more tips for 4C hair growth also see 4C hairstyles that help to reduce tangles and breakage.

3a hair 3a hair has well defined loopy curls. It may be prone to frizz, so it is best to use light products that will give you a nice hold. To avoid dryness for daily cleansing of the hair try cleansing your hair with conditioner only.

3b hair 3b hair curls are well defined with less space between each bend and curve than 3a hair. The texture may be coarse and dense. To prevent buildup use light products and use cleansers that are sulfate free and silicone free.

3c hair 3c hair as a defined corkscrew shape and has the smallest space between the bends in the hair strand of all the type 3 hair types. Avoid heat use when possible by instead using stretching techniques: braids, twists or bunning your hair. Cleanse and deep condition once per week and moisturize often with light botanical gels free from harsh ingredients.

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

319 thoughts on “Know Your Hair Type

  1. my hair is soft thin and fine with mixed grades. I need a wash and go style. I live in Baltimore, MD. Does know a good beautician in my area?

  2. my hair is very soft and curly , I call it snap back hair, cause it shrinks up tight and gets dry in between moisturizing. What hair type do I have


  4. Between, hair thinning because of natural hormones levels for 64y.o. woman, grey hair (which has a mind of its own) and former product discontinued -still searching for the right one) I am having a few hair issues plus keeping my curls moisturizer. I am using a 5% minoxidil foam(for the past 4 months for the hair thinning problem…need to see better results and concerned about the chemicals in these products.

    1. To treat the area with an all natural solution learn more about our Safflower Whipped Shea: Also make sure you are not wearing styles that are too tight and put too much tension on your hair.

    2. to nanettemps121 I am 66 and I started using wild grow hair oil my hair is soft curly but badly damaged from hair dyeing I had to stop using the wild grow about 2 week my hair thicken the first week and I do see a small growth that is exceptional for such a short period of time the smell is awful but wears off. don’t k now if this will help you and it thicken the hair naturally

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