What’s your hair type?

Your hair has a personality too! Get to know her…

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 2

Type 3: Curly Hair. Loopy S pattern (springy curls).
3a: Naturally big and loose curls. Circumference of curl: large highlighter marker
3b: Medium size curls. Circumference: Sharpie marker

Type 3a (my niece)
   3c: Curly Kinky Hair. Denser and tighter curls than 3b. A challenge to blowdry and style. Circumference: pencil or straw.  
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.

Type 4
This hair type has fewer cuticle layers of any other type and requires major protection and care as a result. Easily damaged with frequent manipulation. Again, it is not recommended to comb, brush, or pull/tug at hair in it natural, dry state. Try drenching in conditioner and detangling in the shower under running water. Use products specifically designed for dry and course hair, such as creams and hair butters. Castor oil is great for this hair type. Sleep in satin scarf to reduce tangles. Braid hair before bed to stretch curls out if desired. 

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)

Texlaxed (me)

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.

Relaxed bone-straight

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)
Color-treated: Permanent dyes have been added, resulting in protein loss and more vulnerable strands. Has a tendency to be rough and dull due to the change in chemical structure. Incorporate a regular light protein treatment and daily moisture regimen.
Double-processed: Hair that has had more than one chemical treatment, such as those that are relaxed and dyed. This hair type is double processed, so it takes double the work to keep healthy. If you are managing double-processed hair, then it is extremely important to maintain balanced moisture and protein levels since it is at a higher risk for damage. Always deep condition after each shampoo, use a weekly reconstructor, as well as a hard-protein treatment every six months.
So whats your hair personality? I love comments!




5 responses to “What’s your hair type?

  1. I am not biracial… But I have clear multiple hair types. 3b/c in the front and sides… 4a from the crown back. I have no idea what to do with it.

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