All hair types are classified along a continuum from bone-straight to tight curls.
The texture of your hair is its true character, its natural shape when un-relaxed. For those who have relaxed hair, determine this by analysing your growth.
It can either be:
The type of hair most common to people of African heritage is type 4.
Now look at the diameter of a strand of hair to classify how thick your hair is.
The letters a, b, and c are used to define the actual thickness of the strand. If your strands look wispy and thin, you have fine hair. If you strands are medium to thick in diameter your hair is medium or coarse.
A – fine and thin
B – medium-textured
C – coarse and thick
Combine the two pieces of information, and you have defined your full hair type. For example, mine’s kinky and thin-medium. So I’m 4A-B.
Type 4 hair is generally more difficult to grow long because it is delicate and can break easily, so extra care should be taken when combing or styling. Breakage is a major issue as well as dryness as it is harder for this hair type to retain moisture.
The hair challenges work with this hair type and create strategies that will see you attain health and maintain it.
What hair type are you?