It’s good to identify your hair type whether you’re natural, relaxed, or texlaxed. Particular hair types have specific needs and once you understand your hair, it’ll be easier to identify what regimen and products work for you. Now if you are relaxed bone straight, then you still need to understand what your natural hair type is so that you’ll know how to manage your new growth properly. So let’s go ahead and identify the hair type that you were born with.
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Type 2: Wavy hair. Forms in the letter S and hair sticks close to the head.
2a: Fine, thin, easily styled.
2b: Medium-texture with a tendency to frizz.
2c: Thick and course, more resistant to styling and easily frizzed. Use light weight and volumizing products to enchance natural wave and add body.
|Type 3a (my niece)|
|3c (my daughter)|
For Type 3 hair, use frizz reducing and curl enhancing products. Curly hair is more fragile and needs lots of water-based moisture. Air dry and never dry or brush dry curls; results in major breakage or frizz. Consider using a diffuser to preserve curls for styling. Creams and butters work very well on curly hair. Detangle under running water after shampooing.
Type 4: Very tightly coiled hair aka kinky curls. Extremely fragile and a challenge to style. Can shrink up to 75% of actual hair length.
4a: Very tightly coiled hair with S pattern, similar to 3c. Defined curl.
4b: Has a Z or zigzag pattern. Less defined curl. Hair bends in sharp angels and has a cottony feel and look. Requires most amount of moisture replacement.
Texlaxed: Hair is relaxed, but intentionally left on for a shorter amount of time to maintain a natural curl pattern. Basically 50% natural and 50% relaxed. See glossary. Most likely resembles 3b-3c type. Consider the recommendations for type 3, but add a light-medium protein to your regimen as well since it is still chemically relaxed to an extent.
(This is also my hair type)
Relaxed bone-straight: Less protein due to chemical process. Focus on the moisture/protein balance to keep your hair in a healthy state. It is recommended that you deep condition after each shampoo, use a using a weekly reconstructor, a hard-protein treatment every six months, and protective styling.
Biracial: Multiple hair types present. Many textures. You may have type 4 on one side, 3c on the other, and Type 2 top it off. This hair type is hard to figure out and has a more challenging regimen. Try different products and rotate them based on your individual needs. Try creamy, water based moisturizers and consider co-washing every other week to retain moisture.
|Multiple types/textures (my niece)|