Type 1: Straight Hair
*Type 1 hair is straight and sleek. Those who have straight hair, must buy products that are geared towards enhancing shine, volume and body.
-Curl and/or wave pattern is shaped like an “S”
-closely fitting to head
There are 3 types or “subgroups” of Type 2 hair: 2a, 2b and 2c
*Type 2a hair is easy to handle and maintain, also easy to curl or straighten
*Type 2b hair is prone to minimal frizzing and is medium textured.
*Type 2c hair is coarse, thick and easily frizzes. It’s also more resistant to certain forms of styling when compared to types 2a and 2b.
-defined “S” pattern
-springy, lot’s of body, easily straightened or style with heat/dryer
-a whole lot of soft and fine hairs
-often come’s in combination of sub categories: 3a, 3b and 3c
*Type 3a hair has shiny, big, loose curls!
*Type 3b hair has medium curls, ranging from ringlets to corkscrews
*Type 3c hair has more tightly screwed ringlets
Type 4:Kinky, tightly coiled/curled
-very wirey, extremely fragile and tightly curled and coiled
-exhibits up to 80% shrinkage from actual hair length and size
-few cuticle layers, making it susceptible to elements, less protection from damage exhibited by brushing, combing, washing, blow drying, etc.
-natural scalp oils find it difficult to reach the hair strand/shaft from the scalp due to coily nature of each strand
-Prone to breakage
-3 subcategories: 4a, 4b and 4c
*Type 4a is more moisturized than 4b, shows definite “s” pattern if stretched, tightly coiled and has a definite curl pattern
*Type 4c hair is not formally recognized by leading industry experts, but some would consider it to be more tightly coiled than 4b hair, more dense as well as more thicker.
After seeing examples and descriptions of each hair type in the above natural hair type chart, diligently consider which one you might be. Continue to find out all there is to know about your hair so that you may continue to grow healthier, shinier, longer hair.