The Only Guide You Will Need To Determine Your Natural Hair Type
Did you know there are more than 5 different hair types? Hair types are not as simple as the classic "straight" and "curly." When it comes to finding the right hair care products and accessories for your hair, the very first step is knowing your specific hair type. Your hair type refers to your natural air-dried hair.
Knowing your hair type is key, but did also know that many people have more than one hair type at a time? This all may sound a bit complicated, but lucky for you Bayside Brush Co. has compiled this ultimate guide to hair types. It is important to note that there are several hair types guides such as FIA’s Hair Typing System and L.O.I.S., but the one we think is the most informative and works best is the Andre Walker Hair Typing System.
You can spend hundreds of dollars on hair care, but if they aren’t meant for your hair type then you are wasting your money and time. This guide will not only help you find the right hair care regimen, but also help you turn any bad hair days into a fab hair day!
First thing's first, determining the diameter of your hair- the width of a single hair strand. The best way to do so is by comparing a single strand of hair to a thread. If your hair is thinner than the thread, then you have fine hair. If it is noticeably thicker, then you have thick hair. If it is about the same width and more an "in-between" length, then you have a medium, moderate hair type.
Hair diameter is important because it serves as your basis when searching for hair care products. For example, if you have thin hair, the natural oils are more likely to easily spread throughout your hair, making it greasy fairly quickly. On the other hand, a coarser hair type is more frizz-prone and less likely to retain natural oils meaning it needs more hydrating products.
Andre Walker Hair Typing System
Now that you have established your hair diameter, it is time to get a more in-depth look into hair types.
Type 1 hair is classified as naturally straight hair. Type 1 hair is oftentimes oilier than most and harder to hold a curl.
Type 1A is considered completely flat hair that is thin and soft. It will not hold a curl and is shiny.
Type 1B is not completely flat and has a little bit of body. Unlike 1A, 1B hair will hold a curl and has a slight bend at ends of the hair.
Type 1C is the most coarse of all straight hair types and is more resistant to hold a curl, typically holding a style all day long.
Type 2 hair is classified as wavy hair with an "S" shape and is typically not oily or dry.
Type 2A is what most people think of when they think "beach waves." Loose waves made up of thin hair and the least frizzy of all wavy hair.
Type 2B is defined wavy hair with the waves typically stay close to the shape of your head.
Type 2C is thick hair with a mix of tightly drawn waves and curls. This hair type will frizz up easily and is usually dry.
Type 3 hair is classified as curly, frizzy hair. Because the cuticle does not lay flat, Type 3 hair is not nearly as shiny as Type 1 or 2 hair.
Type 3A is classified as silky curly hair. These curls typically take form on their own and do not require a lot of product.
Type 3B is what is known as corkscrew hair with curls ranging from bouncy to extremely tight.
Type 4 hair is classified as kinky hair full of tight curls known as coils. Type 4 differs from Type 3 because unlike Type 3, Type 4 curls are not tightly defined. Also because of these curl shapes, Type 4 is very dry since the hair's natural oils cannot travel straight down the hair shaft.
Type 4A is solely tight coils that when stretched form an "S" shape.
Type 4B is kinky hair that bends in sharps angles that form a "Z" shape. These curls are less defined and tighter- with the curl being the circumference of a pencil.