Great Morning Regal Roots Family I thought I would start off with the basics! The Andre Walker Hair Typing System: Now I will say use this chart lightly, because your hair may be a little different than the women in the pics but I'm sure you can Identify somewhere. In my hair styling career, I have worked with all hair types. I have Hair care knowledge for all but I will be focusing on types 3 (curly) and 4 (kinky). I will say if a product or method is good for all hair types or specific hair types.
Type 1: (Not Pictured) Is Type 1 Hair (Naturally Straight Hair) Its pretty straight forward requires a whole set of products that are not moisture based due to this hair type needing to be more on the dry side to thrive. This hair type usually grows to long lengths the easiest of all.
Type 2: This hair texture is naturally wavy. Similar to type 1, as far as silkiness but wavy. It has more volume and this is where "shrinkage" begins. Too much product can easily weigh this hair type down as well and it sometimes can appear straight if the hair is weighed down. This hair type is more fragile than type 1 and needs only a tiny bit of moisture. This hair type needs more air-based/very light water-based type of products to keep their natural hair at its best. This includes hair sprays, mousses, foams etc. You will see A, B, C in the photo, it just means the higher the letter the more wave there is. A meaning the loosest wave, and C meaning the tightest wave almost a curl. Least amount of volume to highest.
Type 3: Type 3 is naturally curly hair. This hair type is the weaker than the previous. The hair is formed in the shape of "S". This is where the need for moisture begins because as there are more bends (curls) in the hair the more fragile and prone to breakage it is. This is also where the term shrinkage is used (where the hair appears shorter than its true length). Curly hair has a harder time receiving the natural oils and moisture from the scalp so it has to be replenished. This type needs more light, creamy water based products, as hair can still be weighed down by thicker more heavy products. Letters A-C in the photo depict the curls from loose to tight and from less volume to voluminous.
Type 4: Type 4 is naturally kinky hair. This is the most textured hair of all and the weakest of hair types (Contrary to what many people think!) This hair texture needs to be handled with the MOST gentle care. The curls range from coils (the size of a spring inside of a push pen) to a Z type more cotton texture with no curl. The curls are more densely packed together and some hair may appear thick but when its straightened it is thin. It is also the easiest hair type to mold into the previous textures (curly wavy and straight without chemicals) The hair’s constant twist and turns means that oil and moisture has the hardest time traveling all the way to the ends. The shrinkage is real! and also can defy gravity. This hair type needs thicker creams, oils, butters and water based products. Type 4a-c goes from kinky curls to kinks with no curl. Volume can vary in each letter category.
As stated before this hair texture chart is ONLY to Identify where your hair texture may fall and what the best types of products used for each hair type. Some people may have multiple textures on their head! So what hair texture category do you fall in?