A Natural Hair Type Chart Will Help You Better Care For Your Hair
Did you know that different types of hair require different treatment plans to stay healthy? Unfortunately, there are many people that do not know their hair requires special products if they wish to maintain healthy, luscious and voluminous hair. There are also some people that know this, but never really cares about finding out what specific products their hair requires as it seems like a tedious task to determine their own hair type and then to determine what products they need to use. To make things easier, we’ve decided to compile a list of hair types and the most appropriate type of products that should be used for every type of hair. This will help you make a better decision the next time you buy products for your hair.
The Different Hair Types
Before you start looking for appropriate products that will help you take care of your hair, you first need to identify the type of natural hair you have. By looking at a natural hair type chart, you’ll be able to easily discover your hair type without any trouble. Hair types are split into four primary types, ranging from one to four. Each primary type also has three sub types, which may include A, B or C.
Let’s start by defining the first type of hair – one (1). This type of hair is the straightest type of them all. The hair is classified as 1A, which defines straight hair that is very thin, 1B, which defines straight hair that is medium in thickness, and then 1C, which defines straight hair that is very thick and coarse. The hair type 1A is the softest of the three subtypes, while 1B hair type has more volume and 1C is the straightest of them all. Since hair classified in this category is very straight, the oil produced by the scalp easily flows downwards to the end of the hair strands. This also means that hair in this category are much oiler than hair in other categories; thus making products that provide a lot of moisture inappropriate for people with type one hair. Using products that are made for oily hair are often useful, however.
The next type of hair is type two hair, which defines wavy hair. This type of hair falls in-between curly and straight hair, as they represent a straight style with only slight curls. Similar to type one hair, 2A represents hair that is wavy, but also very fine. Type 2B hair represents wavy hair that is medium in thickness and 2C represents hair that is both wavy and very thick. The first subtype (2A) is the most versatile of this hair type and its waves are often associated with an “S” pattern. The other two types (2B and 2C) are more difficult to style and becomes frizzy quite easily.
Type three hair are curly and ranges from 3A, which defines hair that has looser curls, to 3C, which defines hair with very tight curls. The last type of hair classified in this category has curls that are often associated with corkscrews. Type 3A hair also has an “S” pattern, and usually has a lot of volume. Due to the curls, oil can usually only reach a couple of centimeters from the scalp; thus curly hair (kinky hair also shares this property) is often dry. Using hair products that provide intense moisture is often the most appropriate option for people with this hair type.
Finally, we have type four hair. This type of hair is mostly seen among African American people and defines kinky hair. All of these types have coil-like curls that are tightly packed together. Type 4A is the most fragile of type four hair, with a more defined pattern. Type 4B is also fragile, but represents a “z” pattern, unlike the “S” pattern that is often seen in curly and wavy hair. Type 4C looks very much like type 4B, but with this type of hair, the curls are packed so tightly that no definition can be noticed.
By looking at a natural hair type chart and determining the type of hair you have, you are able to maintain and care for your hair in a much better way. The type of hair you have will tell you more about whether your hair is more prone to becoming dry or oily, as well as the type of products that you should use to keep your hair healthy.