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Determining my hair type based on curl pattern

Hi there,
     I love to visit blackgirllonghair.com to see pictures of black women with amazing heads of  natural hair. Every single day there's a new mane of hair to swoon over. One thing I noticed is they are always asked about their hair type and I'd see responses like 4A,3C,3B and 4C and I used to wonder what it was all about.  Then I learned that a  celebrity hairstylist named Andre Walker came up with a system for decoding hair type based on your curl pattern. This chart was created (by her?) to explain the numbers and alphabets used. As you can see from the chart 1 is straight, 2 is wavy, 3 is curly and 4 is kinky. The alphabets describe the intensity of the curl, with A being the loosest and C being the tightest.


Before I really understood this method of hair typing I  decided to go with 4C because most Nigerian or should I say African naturals say they have 4C hair so I figured I was 4C too. To clarify the matter once and for all I picked up some shed hair, carefully straightened them out and compared the pattern with the ones on the chart. On closer inspection I found out that I'm not 4C at all. Based on this chart I would think I am a 3B or maybe 3C.


A random strand of my hair


 

Another random strand






But looking at this picture below it is obvious that I am definitely not 3B because my curls do not clump in that manner.



3B hair type



 I am not sure if my curls clump in this manner either so that throws out 3C from my hair CV as well.


3C hair type



This seems more like my curl pattern although the chart pictures my curl pattern as 3B.

4A hair type


 
So there! I can now say authoritatively that I am a 4A natural sista :-) There are also some other hair typing systems based on  porosity, density etc. I'll get to that some other time.
Thanks for stopping by :-)




KimB

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