I have put out over a dozen blog posts and have never wrote about hair type. The reason for this is because classifying our hair is not important for our hair’s health. However, it can be important when you’re trying to find a good hairstylist. If you have 4C hair texture, you don’t want to end up in the chair of a hairstylist with experience of working with only 3B hair texture. The hair chart below will help you understand what texture you have. You can find this chart anywhere with a quick google search.
Depending on what stage you are at in your hair journey, your hair texture may not be revealed yet. For an example, my hair appeared 4B in most areas and now my hair is starting to appear close to 4A. If you hair is damaged and/or lacking elasticity, your hair texture may appear straighter or frizzier, which makes it harder to determine your true hair type. Also, most people in this world do not have straight hair. Most people have at least a loose wavy texture. From my own experience, my hair texture was revealed as the health of my hair got better. With this in mind, you may have to change your hair techniques as you hair’s health changes.
One useful major useful thing to keep in mind once we know our hair type, is how gentle we should be to our hair. The further to the right we are on the chart, the gentler we should be when combing and styling hair. Type 4 textured hair is prone to fairy knots (or single strand knots). If these knots break off, they’ll cause split ends and cause more single strand knots. NOT COOL!
Remember neither of these textures above are better each other (even though society persuades us to think so). I hope this chart is a good reference when someone ask what is your type. Thank you for reading.