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Friday, April 15, 2011

What Is Your Hair Type?

I have had a few people ask me how to know what your hair type is, so if you don't know yours and you want to figure it out, this is for you! :)

-What are the types of hair?
      There are many types of hair, including 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, and 4C
You may have just one type of hair, or more than one type (known as combination of multi type hair)

-How do I know what my hair type is?
      Its easiest to identify a single hair type, but once you know what each type looks like, you will be able to find yours!

Type 1A:   (This is my hair type)  This is completely straight, very sleek hair.  It is also the most shiny because since there is no curl pattern to it, light reflects off of it easily.  When type 1A hair is damaged, it will look more dull.
Types 1B and 1C are not much different in texture, they may have a little more body and slight wave.

Types 2A, 2B, and 2C:  These types are wavy- 2A being slightly wavy, and 2C being very wavy.
Wavy hair can also be shiny.

Types 3A, 3B, and 3C:  These types are where hair is curly.  Most 3 type hair has a 'Z' pattern of curls.  Curly hair has different needs during different seasons- during the winter it requires a lot more conditioning to prevent it from dryness which will definitely lead to breakage.  In the summer, it need less products and if a lot of products is used in curly hair during the summer might lead to frizzing. Curly hair absorbs a lot of water especially type 3C and can break easily. 3C has the tightest curls of this hair type. Type 3A would be big, looser curls, and 3B would be smaller, tighter curls.


Type 4A, 4B, and 4C:  This hair type is known as kinky,tightly curled or coiled and has a zig zag pattern of curls and in most cases an 'S' curl pattern, and it’s most common among afro’s.  Type 4 hair is very fragile because of the tight curls and because its very fragile, it can break easily so this type of hair should be treated gently when combing or styling. This hair type has little or no shine. This type of hair has fewer cuticle layers (cuticle layers help to prevent external damages) than every other hair types and because of this, its less protected naturally which means combing, blow drying, straightening, etc can cause damage easily, so when you are caring for this hair type you have to take be extra gentle. 

So that's all the information I could possible think to mention on each hair type! Hopefully this helps you if you have been wanting to know your own hair type!  :)

1 comment:

  1. Funny how they have Beyone's picutre in two different hair types! I wonder what her real hair looks like.


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