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Through my journey to achieving healthy Natural hair, I have come to discover two techniques to finding your hair type. In this post I will go through Andre Walker technique.
Hair-typing techniques are ways to explore various characteristic to our hair fibers. No matter our hair type, we ALL have “good hair” as long as it is healthy and well maintained.
Hair typing is important to understand your and the implications of such hair type, some hair types are drier than others by nature and require more care and concentrated moisturizing effort to maintain an optimal condition of health. Hair- typing also gives us a flexible guideline for comparing products and hair reaction to products but, it is also important to keep in mind that no two heads of hair are exactly the same.
Andre walker described hair typing from Type 1 to type 4:
Type 1 straight hair :
It is likely to be oily than dry, and because it has more cuticle layer than any other hair type, it’s almost impossible to damage. If damaged, it is usually through over-processing with perm and bleach, it tend to be very dry and brittle, with paper thin ends.
– Type 1A hair tends to be fine and thin and super soft, with a high-octane shine. This hair have absolutely no curl and no wave. ( Fine and thin
– Type 1B hair is medium textured with a lot of body, ( medium-textured)
– Type 1 C: coarse hair, is the most resistant to curling and shaping ( Coarse)
Care and feeding:
It is advised that daily washings with appropriate shampoo will give your volume, use a gentle shampoo for oily hair, ingredients like tea tree oil, sage oil can be helpful. The cleaner your hair is, the more body it will have.
Type 1B 1C, medium and coarse textures should be washed either every day or every other day with a gentle shampoo, if the hair tend to be oily/looks greasy, it requires washing.
Type 2 hair:
falls divide between Type 1 and, straight hair, and Type 3 Curly hair. Wavy hair tends to be coarse, with definite “ S” pattern to it. Wave forms throughout the har in the shape of the letter “ S”.
– Type 2A Wavy hair is fine and thin. It is easy to handle, taking on straighter or curlier styles with ease.
– Type 2B medium textured; its wave tend to hug the head
– Type 2 C hair is coarse and tends to frizz.
Care and feeding:
Daily to every-other-day shampoos with a product formulated for normal hair.
Type 3: Curly hair: curly hair that is a loopy “ S” pattern, like a stretched-out slinky , usually baby soft and very fine in texture, it seem full, because the cuticles layers don’t lie as flat. Curly hair isn’t shiny as straight or wavy hair. The hair doesn’t have a very smooth surface, therefore, light doesn’t reflect off of it as much. It is easily styled in its natural state, or it can be easily straightened with blow-dryer into a smoother style.
Healthy Type 3 hair is shiny, with soft, smooth curls and strong elasticity. The curls are well defined and springy: pull out a strand of hair and stretch it: it won’t snap in two.
Damaged Type 3 hair is usually frizzy, dull, hard and dry to the touch, with fuzzy, ill-defined curls.
There are two subtypes of curly hair:
– Type 3A hair is shiny, very loosely curled, is usually very shiny with big curls, the shorter the hair, the straighter it gets. The longer the hair, the more defined the curl
– Type 3B hair is with a medium amount of curl. Curly hair usually consists of a combination of textures, with the crown being the curliest part.
Type 3 hair needs to be kept as moist as possible; when it dries out, it starts to break It should be washed every three days or so, with moisturizing shampoo, but it should be rinsed/ get water daily to keep the hair moist and to let curls spring back after night. Daily shampoo might leave hair a little too frizzy, by rinsing the hair, it keeps hair fresh and removes products buildup.
Type 4: Kinky hair: This category is tightly curled, generally very wiry, very tightly coiled and very very fragile. It appears to be coarse, but it is actually quite fine, with lots of thin strands densely packed together.
Healthy Type 4 hair won’t shine but it will have sheen ( side note, here is where I came to the realization that my hair is healthy by it not being shiny, sigh). It will be soft to the touch, it will feel more silky than it will look shiny.
Type 4 hair looks tough and durable, but looks can be deceiving, ( I found this out the hard way). It is the most fragile hair around, because it has fewer cuticle layer than any other hair type. Which means that it has less natural protection from the damage, that you inflict on it by combing, brushing, curling, blow-drying or straightening. The more cuticle layers in a single strand of hair, the more protection it has from damage.
Andre subtypes Type 4 hair into 2. Confusing? Yes, at least to me, because, When I first went back to being natural, I learned of 3 subtypes of Type 4A-C hair. Type 4 Hair Grows out for a full, bouncy effect.
– Type 4A is tightly coiled hair that, when stretched, has an “S” pattern. This type tends to have more moisture than Type B
– Type 4B has a “Z” pattern, less of a defined curl pattern. Instead of curling or coiling, the hair bends in sharp angles like the letter “Z”. This hair types have a wiry texture
Type 4 hair it’s advice to shampoo at least once a week, depending on the product you use. I consider myself an active person, being that I workout 5 times a week, I normally do (water-only) wash/ rinse every other day, deep-condition once a week. I use very light products, so I don’t usually have product buildups.
Depending on how sensitive your hair is to protein, a protein-based shampoo/conditioner with natural ingredients that will cleanse the hair without robbing it of moisture will do you good. Why? Because hair is made up of protein, adding more protein strengthens and builds elasticity in the hair shaft. Longer natural hair won’t need to be shampooed frequently.
All hair, regardless of types, benefits from a good clarifying shampoo every 4 to 6 weeks. it helps remove buildup and returns shine and revive your hair.I love me some clay wash. My regimen will be uploaded soon, I promise 🙂
Type 4 hair needs the most attention to conditioning treatments, conditioners will help strengthen kinky hair by keeping it moist and strong and therefore less likely to snap under pressure.
Deep-condition hair at least twice a month. MOISTURE is KEY. Hot-oil treatment does not moisturize hair, all it does is lubricate the hair, making it a little softer and shiner, Only water or water based products can saturate the hair with moisture.
Keep in mind, Somethings might work for someone who appears to have the same exact type of hair as you, but that same thing might fail miserably on your own hair, this is very relatable, I have experienced it from the school of youtube. I mean, haven’t we all.
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As always, stay blessed.