In today’s day and age, it seems like more and more people are pressing, straightening and relaxing their hair to get it to be as straight as a pine-needle! And although we should embrace our naturally curly hair, far too many people aren’t even aware of their own hair type! So, here is a cheat-sheet to help.
The chart above is the most commonly used chart to help determine hair types. Here is a breakdown of the hair types:
|Type#||Hair Texture||Hair Description|
|1a||Straight (Fine/Thin)||Very Soft, Shiny, Hard to hold a curl, hair tends to be oily, hard to damage.|
|1b||Straight (Medium)||Has lots of body. (i.e. more volume, more full)|
|1c||Straight (Coarse)||Hard to curl. (i.e. bone straight) Most Asian women fall into this category.|
|2a||Wavy (Fine/Thin)||Can accomplish various styles. Definite “S” pattern. Hair sticks close to the head.|
|2b||Wavy (Medium)||A bit resistant to styling. Hair tends to be frizzy.|
|2c||Wavy (Coarse)||Hair has thicker waves. Also resistant to styling. Hair tends to be frizzy.|
|3a||Curly (Loose Curls)||Thick & full with lots of body. Definite “S” pattern. Hair tends to be frizzy. Can have a combination texture.|
|3b||Curly (Tight Curls)||Medium amount of curl. Can have a combination texture.|
|3c||Curly (Tight Curls or Corkscrews)||Tight curls in corkscrews. The curls can be either kinky or very tightly curled, with lots and lots of strands densely packed together. (3c not in book)|
|4a||Kinky (Soft)||Tightly coiled. Very Fragile. Has a more defined curly pattern|
|4b||Kinky (Wiry)||Tightly coiled. Very Fragile. Less defined curly pattern. Has more of a “Z” shaped pattern.|
Straight Fine: It is the best and most desirable form of hair. You can manage them easily and carry them without any problem. They need an only half a bottle of hair spray to carry a good hairstyle. You always get tangled free and knot-free hair. You don’t need to apply any sort of hair treatment creams to make your hair shiny or smooth. They are best and excellent in structure naturally.
Straight Medium: These types of hair are also good to manage. You can make any sort of hairstyle without having any tangles. You don’t need to apply hair conditioner on it because they are naturally smooth and good.
Straight Coarse: This hair type is naturally rough in look. You have to manage them properly and with a lot of care. Different hair treatments are required to get them in a good form. They need a good shampoo and conditioner to make them tangled free.
Wavy Fine: Many women have Wavy fine hair naturally. They look beautiful but sometimes cause a problem to carry. There are different hairstyles through which you can manage a simple and good look. Beneficially, women can easily and speedily switch to any hairstyle she wants too.
Wavy Medium: This is the best and most desirable hair for. You always get a perfect look with medium wavy hair. It can be covered with different hairstyles. Just by handling them with good care and attention you can always get tangled free and knot-free hair. They just need a little bit of attention.
Wavy Coarse: This hair type is much thicker and wider to handle. You can only look after them with good hair treatments and a good shampoo. They can cause a lot of tangles and knots if you don’t look after them. In addition to it, you can also have good hairstyles with Wavy coarse hair only if you are handling them with good care.
Curly Loose curl: This hair type is more awesome and amazing than all others. They look prettier and cute. Women with loose curls are lucky because they can carry any type of hairstyle with their hair. You don’t need any fancy tools or hair clips to carry off. This hair type always gives a cute and simple look.
Curly Tight Curls: The most important and best benefit to get this hair type is you can never let anyone know that if your hair is dirty or washed. They always give the same look with a good appearance. Besides this, they need a lot of attention to get managed and remain soft. You have to apply a good conditioner to make them tangled free and easy to handle.
Curly Tight Curls or Corkscrew: This hair type needs more hydration and care. You have to manage them properly and with a lot of moisturization. It can be only managed with a lot of hair serums and good hair products. They always give you a pretty look and can carry them easily.
Kinky Soft: This hair type needs good attention but sometimes you get frustrated by taking care of them. They need a lot of hair treatment but in spite of this, you always get benefits to handle them with any hairstyle you want.
Kinky Wiry: This hair type is now in fashion. Everyone is transforming their hair into Kinky Wiry. They look good but are really hard to manage. You have to give a lot of time and care to keep them properly and tangled less.
How do I determine my own hair type?
You can never determine your hair type by yourself. Only a hairstylist can examine each layer of hair and then give you the exact results. There are different hair structures some are straight and the other one is wavy so only a professional expert can do this.
Will hot water damage your hair?
Hot water is not good for hair. It will cause damage to your hair and make them more frizzy and destroyed. So you should never wash your hair with hot water. It is not suitable for any hair type.
Can I condition my hair too much?
Conditioner is good for hair but too much conditioning can damage your hair and scalp. So it is necessary to manage all hair types with equal conditioning.
Our Opinion: Everyone should keep their hair natural and manageable. You can take good hair treatments to make your hair look good and easy. Conditioning your hair will help you to make them tangled free and knots free. Hair is an essential part of our body so one should take good care of them.