HAIR BASICS; WHAT'S YOUR HAIR TYPE?

Hiya,

It’s been a while! Hope you all are doing well!! This post is taking you all back to the basics! I have had at least two requests concerning HAIR TYPES and although I had earlier mentioned the different types of hair we have in my ‘How to transition to natural post’, I only brushed through it. This time around, I want to take my time and explain it to curious readers.

Basically, four major hair types have been formulated; Type 1 to 4. The higher the hair type, the tighter the curl! It’s that simple!

Type 1 hair is naturally straight (it does not need a relaxer to get it straight) and it does NOT grow from our scalp ( Naija or African scalp) but from Caucasian or Asian scalps. If you hear a babe claiming her hair is naturally straight, she is lying oh!! Or she is wearing a very good LACE WIG!!

Moving on, Type 2 hair is grown mostly by mixed race ladies, while the hair is usually coarse and prone to frizzing, it is a bit more manageable than type 3 or 4 because, just a little manipulation with a blow dryer can get it straight and getting back defined curls is not that difficult as the hair comes naturally like that. It is further sub divided into 2A, 2B and 2C. 2A being the thinner texture and 2C being the thicker texture. The hair strands are more wavy and can form the letter ‘S’. Celebrity Lisa Bonet has Type 2 hair!!

Type 3 hair also subdivided into 3A, 3B and 3C according to thickness and tightness of curl, 3C being the tightest curl pattern, is also very curly and full of body mostly forming ringlets. The owners of this type of hair most likely have some Caucasian/ Asian in them, though it does not have to be from their parents. The curls are usually tight and can be packed together in many strands causing the hair to be very prone to tangling but it can be easily styled like type 2 hair because of its elasticity. Our this month’s natural Hair Style Icon Nnneka has Type 3 hair

The final, most common hair type to us Naija babes is Type 4 hair. It is also subdivided into 4A and 4B according to thickness and tightness of curl. Type 4A hair is almost like type 3 hair because the curl is looser while the type 4B curl pattern is very tight and the strands form a Z rather than S. This hair is the most coarse hair type and its ends rather than curl softly, bend in sharp angles making this hair type the most fragile hair type to manage ( you see why growing our hair can be such a hassle). This hair type also does not retain as much moisture as other hair types and thus dries out easily; it is the most easily damaged by heat for this reason. Going natural with Type 4 hair needs a lot of patience and care so the hair remains healthy and strong. Because of its very tight curl, most people with Type 4 hair get a relaxer to loosen the curls and make it more manageable but you all by now know the relaxer has it own adverse effects and should be handled with care. Below is India Arie rocking her Type 4 hair but take note 'SHE IS NOT HER HAIR' :)

In sum, knowing what type of hair you have can help you better manage it and bring out the best in it especially if you want to stay natural. Note that one head of hair can have different type of hairs on it. It can have Type 4A at the back from Mummy, Type 4B in front from Dad’s sisters, Type 3C on the right side from grand aunty who was from the Caribbean and Type 3A on the left side from great grand papi who was from Egypt (Wide Grin) Hope you get my point any way… So as I said in my transition to natural hair post, before you join the band wagon of natural sistahs, study a strand of your hair, know your hair type and research on how best you can manage it! Hope this post is helpful especially to the readers who requested for it.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dabs
  

9 comments:

  1. thanks for the info. the last paragraph especially was enlightening. Now i know why I have softer hair at the back of my head while some parts of it are harder. Maybe you should take it a notch further by telling us how to manage 4b hair ie 'naija' hair*wink*: )

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  2. Ehn ehhnnn, now I know better. I can now grade my own hair and do what is right. Thanks for answering my questions. Gracias

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  3. Ur welcome ladies, Stels that's all I have been doing with my post, I have been telling you guys how to manage our hair, I too have 4b hair for the most part, just wanted to help clarify the different hair types to peps who were in the dark!!thanks for ur usual support *hugs*!!

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  4. 4b in the house but men, the way I pamper my hair it is soft as butta! LOL

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  5. So much knowledge! Tnx Dabs!

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  6. Appreciate the article but still not sure where I fill on the scale? When flat iron strait my hair is to th small of my back. My hair is virgin but wit the right product I can preservr my natrual ringlets and waves.

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  7. Not to sound mean, but there are some black people with naturally straight hair that is not a perm, weave not wig. I've seen plenty, and have that in my family as well, and we are all black.

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