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Hair Type: Discover yourself!

What is your hair type? Are you type 3b or 4A?

Many women with frizzy hair are interested in how to determine their hair type .

Because there are some differences related to care by hair type.

What is your hair type? Take a section of your hairbrush and lay it on a flat surface. Your curl type is determined by the shape of the follicle from which your hair grows on your scalp. The more flat or oval-shaped the follicle, the curlier your hair; the more circular its section, the straighter your hair.

ANDRE WALKER’S CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

It’s important to be clear on a few things before we start talking about hair types and textures. There are several hair classification systems , including the Andre Walker classification system, LOIS, and the FIA ​​hair classification system.

In this article we will only talk about the classification system of André Walker which is the best known. This does not mean that André Walker’s system is necessarily the best or the most accurate.

Type 4: Frizzy Hair

Type 4 hair: It is “frizzy” or more accurately full of tight curls . In general, Type 4s are also dry and brittle .

Often they look thick, but they are actually very thin , with several thin strands of hair tightly packed together. Note that type 4 hair is one of the most common black hair textures.

  • Type 4A hair is full of small curls. They exhibit an “S” pattern when stretched, much like type 3 curly hair.

  • Type 4B hair has a less defined curl pattern and looks more like a “Z” because the hair bends at very sharp angles.

  • Type 4C hair is  thinner, more fragile hair with Z-curls, which doesn’t really form curls. It is the most fragile of  all hairs.

Type 3: Curly Hair

Type 3 Curly Hair : Curly hair has a well-defined “S” shaped texture . Because the cuticle is not flat, you will notice hair type 1 (straight hair) or type 2 (wavy hair) is shinier than curly hair.

  • Shiny and supple is hair with 3A texture and big curls.

  • Type 3B ones have a medium amount of curl, ranging from bouncy spiral curls to tight corkscrew curls.

  • Finally, type 3C hair is tight curls with volume.

Type 2: Wavy Hair

Type 2 Wavy Hair: Type 2 is wavy hair that is generally not too oily or very dry. The idea is that type 2 hair is right in the middle of type 1 and type 3.

  • Type 2A hair is fine and thin. They are relatively easy to handle from a styling standpoint as they can be straightened or curled easily.

  • Type 2B hair is characterized by waves that tend to adhere to the shape of your head.

  • Type 2C hair curls easily and is quite thick.

Type 1: Straight hair

Type 1 straight hair: In general, type 1 hair is straight. However, André Walker classifies this type of hair into three very specific segments: type 1A, type 1B and type 1C.

  • Type 1A hair is described as fine, very fine, and soft, with noticeable shine.

  • Type 1B hair is medium in texture and has more body than type 1A hair.

  • Finally, texture 1C hair is the most resistant to hairstyles and relatively thick compared to other type 1 hair types.

To know

Basically, 3C and 4C hair types are not included in Andre Walker’s original system but they were probably included by someone in the frizzy hair community.

4C hair: what are the differences?

Type 4c natural hair  is the tightest of all hair textures.
The rigidity of this texture gives it a huge shrinkage (shrinkage), they are drier and more fragile.

Namely, it’s quite common for most 4c natural hair to experience extreme shrinkage (70% or more), making it look much shorter than it actually is.

When 4c hair is in its natural, freshly washed, mostly dry, product-free state, a defined curl is usually not evident.

Tight 4c curls also result in extremely dense hair that tangles easily and generally lacks natural sheen.

Curls in 4c hair are usually fine strands of hair that are extremely vulnerable and prone to damage and breakage .

Caring for 4c hair requires a lot of patience, tenderness and love. However, once you find what suits your hair, it doesn’t get any harder to take care of it .

1 – Fight against hair shrinkage

4c hair thinning brings knots.

A popular way to counter this is to keep 4c hair taut in sections, or shield it, using  heatless methods like wire braids or vanillas .

2 – Do not neglect the hydration of your 4c texture hair

Type 4c natural hair strands  make it difficult for the sebum secreted by the scalp to pass from the root to the tip of the hair.

In return, this texture is more prone to dryness than others.

Maintaining a good moisture balance allows hair to be more elastic and less brittle , which means less hair loss .

Pay special attention to your ends when applying any moisturizer, and don’t forget to seal in the moisture using an oil or butter.

Make deep hair masks in order to give your hair the necessary hydration . Moisturize your hair after each wash.

Remember to keep hair moisturized while under protective styling .

Twists, braids , twists or twists help keep hair taut , which minimizes the risk of tangling and combats shrinkage.

If done well, the twist or braid creates beautiful definition and elongation of the hair.

3 – Keep your hair strong by treating it with protein

Extreme shrinkage and a predisposition to tangling cause 4c hair to break very easily.
First of all, consider taking protein treatments to help strengthen the hair and repair it.
Use these ingredients:

  • Eggs.
  • Dairy products.
  • Banana.
  • Soy.
  • Lawyer.

Reduce the risk of breakage and hair loss

Healthy hair has a good balance between protein and moisture . Without this balance, weakened natural hair breaks.

However, you won’t need to use a protein treatment with every wash unless there’s extreme breakage.

And if so, maybe it’s time to cut them. We recommend that you do a protein treatment every 4 to 6 weeks .

Either way, listen to your hair! You will probably notice that your hair needs a bit more strength so use a protein conditioner at this time.

Over time, you’ll learn which frequency works best for you, and you’ll be able to fine-tune your hair routine .

Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Sticking to a hair routine isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon .

Do things at your own pace and know that you’re in it for the long haul. With a little patience , be sure that the reward will come sooner than expected.

Do you have 4c hair? If so, share your top tips with us below!

Bonus: a few more tips!

  • Massage your scalp
  • When washing, use gentle and nutritious shampoos , conditioners, moisturizing, repairing or anti-hair loss hair care. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Create a real hair routine or ritual .
  • Apply hair creams, balms and milks.
  • Do oil baths and test new oils (Ylang-ylang oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, macadamia oil, etc.).
  • Dry your hair with a microfiber towel .
  • Avoid Brazilian smoothing , coloring, straighteners, straightening irons, curling irons.
  • Repeated brushing can weaken the hair in the long term.
  • Use rubber bands without a metal end.

Anyway, frizzy hair is dry by nature. Avoid anything that can make them even more dry, split or brittle.

Taking care of your natural hair is essential in order to have a supple and easy to comb mane!

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