Hair Type Guide
Do you know your hair type? Do you know the different hair types? Don't worry, this guide will help you to answer these questions and get to know your hair better. Do not forget that talking about Hair Classification is not to say which is better than another, or to be divided, it is to have a more specific care guide that will allow us to save money and also take care of it much better.
There are various hair textures. And we are all born with a specific hair texture. Some of us may have a combination of different textures. Let's find out what these are.
Hair Texture Classifications
Andre Walker was the person who created the classification system to distinguish the different hair types. According to Walker, there are four main hair types (straight, wavy, curly and afro), each type varies from two to three different textures allowing you to know what is your exact hair type. Naturally Curly added the 3C and 4C Texture, taking into account Walker's classification, their readers’ opinion and other hair specialists to specify better the curly hair type.
Type 1 Texture – Straight
The qualities of this hair are generally fine and fragile; no curls at all. Hair textures vary up to three on the list as: 1A, 1B and 1C.
- Texture 1A, has hair defined as fine and fine.
- Texture 1B, has a mixture of fine and thick hair.
- Texture 1C, it is thick.
Type 2 Texture - Wavy
The hair qualities are usually from fine and thin to thick and curly. Like Type 1, Type 2 has three different hair textures known as 2A, 2B, and 2C.
- Texture 2A, defined as fine with a slight “S” wave at the ends of the hair; it is generally not defined and has little volume but with natural glow.
- Texture 2B, has a little more definition with a slight frizz on the top of the head.
- Texture 2C, the texture is thick and with a lot of volume and the “S” curl is quite defined.
Type 3 Texture - Curly
The qualities of curly hair are usually loose curls to fairly curly curls that are well defined and elastic. Despite their appearance, type 3 curls are usually soft and fine rather than thick.
- Texture 3A, it is defined as an “S” pattern and is usually more susceptible to frizz and losing the definition of the curl of Type 2 hair, this type of curl is quite elastic.
- 3B texture, they have a smaller curl pattern than 3A and are thicker and denser. It is not as bright as the type 3A.
- 3C texture, tends to be higher in density and thicker than type 2 or 3, giving it more volume. The curls are finer in texture, but very tight and close to the head.
Type 4 Texture - Afro
Afro hair qualities range from tight curls to angled Z-shaped curls. It has fewer layers of cuticle than any other hair type, which means it has less protection against damage from styling, brushing, and heat stretching, etc.
- Texture 4A, defined as tightly rolled and has a patterned “S” curl, sometimes has a thick and fine texture and has high density and fragility. Type 4a hair has fewer skin layers than other hair types, which means it has less natural protection against damage.
- Texture 4B, defined as a “Z” -shaped pattern with less definition. Instead of curling up or rolling up, the hair is folded at sharp angles like the letter "Z". This hair texture is very fragile and can feel thick with many strands packed tightly together. This type of hair often experiences shrinkage up to 75% of its actual hair length.
- Texture 4C, it is made up of strands that almost never agglomerate without the use of defining techniques. Type 4C hair can range from fine, thin, smooth to thick, with the cuticles closely attached. Some people say that Type 4c curls are identical to 4B, except that the curls are heavily twisted with less definition.