Hair Types and Curl Patterns

If you’re a natural trying to learn more about your hair then you clicked on the perfect article. Not only are we going to talk about what the different hair types are but we’re also going to discuss how to properly care for yours. Let’s get into it!

The Different Curl Patterns:

As you can see by the chart above, type 1 hair is straight, type 2 is wavy, type 3 are loose curls, and type 4 are tighter coils. Your curl pattern is a major factor that determines what hairstyles would work best for you. Though you’re free to try any style you want, it’s important to keep in mind that not every style is good for your hair. For instance, someone with 3A hair can do sleek, high-manipulation ponytails pretty often without experiencing damage but that wouldn’t be the case for someone with 4C hair. That’s because type 4 hair is a bit more fragile than type 3 hair plus type 4 hair experiences more shrinkage. Doing stretched and low-manipulation styles, like twists, would work best for type 4 hair.

We covered hair types so now, let’s talk about hair texture.

Just to be clear, hair texture and hair type are not synonymous. Hair type describes what the hair looks like while hair texture describes the circumference of your hair. There are three types of hair textures: fine, medium, and coarse.

To determine what your hair texture is, simply rub an individual hair strand between your fingertips. 

»If you can barely feel the strand, you have fine hair.

»If it doesn’t feel super thin or thick, your hair is medium or normal.

»If the strand feels thick, almost like a string of thread, you have coarse hair.

Fine Hair

Fine hair has a very small circumference and tends to appear more on the thin side. Those with fine hair should avoid heavy butters and oils because they will weigh the curls down. 

Medium Hair 

Medium hair isn’t as fragile as fine hair but it also isn’t as strong as coarse hair; it’s in the middle. Medium or normal hair can handle a decent amount of manipulation as well as hold styles pretty well. 

Coarse Hair

The coarse texture is the strongest yet, the most prone to dryness. If you have coarse hair, it’s best to use heavy butters and oils since lightweight products will not be able to penetrate the hair shaft.

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