So what is all this 2B, 3C, 4A talk anyway? How do I find out my hair type? Will knowing my hair type help me in caring for my natural hair? So many questions and I was at a lost at the time. I just ignored the hair typing system and did what I thought was needed for my hair. Well, as my hair started to grow I noticed that it didn't seem as healthy that I hoped it would and felt dry all the time. So, I thought lets take another look at this hair typing system.
- Straight Hair - Type 1
- Wavy Hair - Type 2
- Curly Hair - Type 3
- Kinky Hair - Type 4
- Andre has created subcategories within the texture - A,B,C
Type 2 Wavy hair is wavy and has a "S" pattern to the wave. The wave pattern can be light to very wavy.
- Type 2a tends to be fine/thin with a slightly "s" wave pattern. For this type of hair use products that are lighter and well enhance the curl pattern, such as gentle cleansers, lightweight conditioners and volumizer to reduce frizz and give a fuller appearance.
- Type 2b tends to be medium with frizziness and little resistance to styling
- Type 2c tends to be Coarse and hair is resistant to styling, frizzy and has deeper "s" wave pattern.
- For this hair type use cleaning cream based cleanser, thick conditioner formulated to reduce frizz and gel to help define the curl pattern.
Type 3 Curly hair is lightly curly to very curly hair patterns that are well defined. When hair is wet is usually straightens out but as it dries that curl pattern returns. Type 3 hair tends to deal with frizziness more often than type 2 hair. Hair can be styled easier in it's natural state and/or straightened with a blow dryer. Type 3 hair is usually soft and thin.
- Type 3a tends to have a definite "S" pattern, be thick and shiny with lots of body. More of a loose curl.
- For this hair type use moisturising cleansers, hydrate your curls with a leave-in conditioner and use products such as gels or creams that offer light moisturizing and curl definition for styling.
- Type 3b tends to be well defined curls ranging from ringlets to tight corkscrew curls. Hair can be straighten and texture is a bit more coarse.
- For this type of hair use a moisture balancing cleanser, hydrating leave-in conditioner and use stylers that help to reduce frizznes and define your curl.
- Type 3c tends to be tight curls in corkscrews with volume. The curls tend to be kinky or very tightly curled. Blow drying this type of hair can be done but is more challenging than 3a or 3b.
- For this type of hair use products such as a moisturizing cleansers, moisturizing conditioners and when styling looks for products that offer lots of moisture such as creams, oils, butters and hair milks to keep your hair hydrated.
Type 4 Kinky hair is kinky, or very tightly curled. It tends to be wiry, very tightly coiled and very fragile. The hair appears to be coarse but is quite fine with lots of these strands densely packed together. The hair has fewer cuticle layers than other types so it has less protection from damage.
- Type 4a tends to be tightly coiled with an "S" pattern. Hair tends to be very fragile with a more defined curl pattern..
So do you go by the Andre Walker system? What is your hair type? And has knowing your hair type helped you achieve healthy hair? Share with us!!