The Only Hair Typing System Article You’ll Ever Need

hair typing systemWhat’s your hair type? Are you a 3b or 4A hair type? Maybe – that is if you decide to use one well-known hair typing system. Your hair type could also be an “OS” or an “IS” according to a different hair typing system.

We’re asked very often about hair typing systems. More specifically – many naturals are interested in how to determine their hair type. Generally speaking – we don’t discuss hair typing very often because there are many things that each person must do to care for their hair regardless of their individual hair type.

Having said that, we do recognize that there are some differences associated with caring for certain types of hair. Furthermore, many women utilize hair typing systems to describe the way their hair looks.

I think it’s important to be clear about a few things before we begin discussing hair types. There are multiple hair typing systems – including the Andre Walker Hair Typing System, LOIS, and FIA’s Hair Typing System.

We don’t endorse or recommend any particular hair typing system, however we recognize that the system created by Andre Walker is substantially more popular well-known and communicated than the other hair typing systems.

Note: This doesn’t imply that Andre Walker’s system is necessarily the best or most accurate.

During this guide I will discuss very specific details associated with the most popular hair typing systems – beginning with Andre Walker, then LOIS and finally FIA.

Disclaimer: It’s very easy to incorrectly determine your hair type if you only look at the pictorial representations that have been provided. Please don’t rule out a particular hair type simply because your hair doesn’t look like the pictures below.

Andre Walker Hair Typing System

Andre Walker is famously known for creating a hair typing system or infamously known depending on your perspective. Andre reveals his hair typing system in a book titled Andre Talks Hair!.

Andre makes it very clear in his book that everyone has good hair regardless of ethnicity. He was hoping to immediately debunk the often ridiculous good hair vs. bad hair debate prior to diving into a discussion about hair typing.

Unfortunately, many people believe that Andre’s Hair Typing System is hierarchical and intentionally places kinky hair in the bottom (“worst”) category. Andre has made statements over the years that have offended many Type 4 women – including the following comment:

Andre Walker on Type 4 hair: “I always recommend embracing your natural texture. Kinky hair can have limited styling options; that’s the only hair type that I suggest altering with professional relaxing”. Type 4 hair types include the most common hair types found in black hair.

That statement started a tremendous amount of buzz on the internet. He later issued a statement to clarify his initial comments immediately following the Elle article on his personal website. Regardless of his original intentions, his comments definitely offended many women.

Even if you have a negative opinion of Andre Walker, I encourage you to read the book yourself and develop your own opinion of his hair typing system in Andre Talks Hair!. Andre’s system isn’t communicated accurately on many popular blogs that have written articles about the system. Having said that, let’s discuss the hair types defined in Andre Talks Hair!.

Type 1: Straight Hair

Type 1 Straight Hair
Type 1: Straight Hair

Type 1 Straight Hair: Generally speaking Type 1 hair is straight; however Andre categorizes this hair type into three very specific segments – Type 1A, Type 1B, and Type 1C.

  • Type 1A hair is described as fine, very thin and soft with a noticeable shine.
  • Type 1B hair is medium-textured and has more body than Type 1A hair.
  • Type 1C hair is the most resistant to curly styling and relatively coarse compared to other Type 1 hair types.

Type 2: Wavy Hair

Type 2 Wavy Hair
Type 2: Wavy Hair

Type 2 Wavy Hair: Type 2 is wavy hair that usually isn’t overly oily or very dry. The thought is that Type 2 hair falls right in the middle of Type 1 and Type 3.

  • Type 2A hair is fine and thin. It is relatively easy to handle from a styling perspective because it can easily be straightened or curled.
  • Type 2B hair characteristically has waves that tend to adhere to the shape of your head.
  • Type 2C hair will frizz easily and it is fairly coarse.

Type 3: Curly Hair

Type 3 Wavy Hair
Type 3: Curly Hair

Type 3 Curly Hair: Curly hair textures have a definite “S” shaped curl pattern. Since the cuticle doesn’t lay flat, you will noticed that curly hair isn’t nearly as shiny as Type 1 (straight hair) or Type 2 (wavy hair) hair types.

  • Type 3A hair is very shinny and loose.
  • Type 3B hair has a medium amount curls, ranging from bouncy ringlets (spiral like curls of hair) to tight corkscrews (spiral-shaped corkscrew curls).
  • Type 3C hair isn’t a part of the Andre Walker Hair Typing System. Please see the “what’s missing” section below for more information.

Type 4: Kinky Hair

Type 4 Kinky Hair
Type 4: Kinky Hair

Type 4 Kinky Hair: Type 4 is “kinky” or more appropriately full of tight coils (tightly curled hair). Typically, Type 4 hair is also extremely wiry and fragile. Often times, it appears to be coarse, however it is really very fine, with several thin hair strands densely packed together. Note that type 4 hair is one the most common hair types found in black hair (african american hair).

  • Type 4A hair is full of tight coils. It has a “S” pattern when stretched, much like Type 3 curly hair.
  • Type 4B hair has a less defined pattern of curls and looks more like a “Z” as the hair bends with very sharp angles.
  • Type 4C hair isn’t a part of the Andre Walker Hair Typing System. Please see the “what’s missing” section below for more information.

What’s Missing? Now, Let’s Discuss Hair Type 3C and Type 4C

You’ll notice that Type 3C and Type 4C hair types aren’t mentioned in the discussion above, that’s because they were not included in the original Andre Walker system.

Type 3C was created after Andre Walker released his hair typing system by a community member at NaturallyCurly.com. The prevailing thought was that the original hair typing system left this hair type out. Consequently, Type 3C hair has been defined as tight curls or coils that look like corkscrews.

Type 4C, like Type 3C, isn’t an actual hair type according to Andre Walker’s Hair System. His comments are actually very simple regarding Type 4 (Kinky) hair – if you can see a definite curl pattern, then you have Type 4A hair. If you can’t identify a defined, specific curl pattern, then your hair type is 4B. I would imagine that the Type 4C hair type was created by a member within the natural hair community – just like the Type 3C hair type.

Hair Types

LOIS Hair Typing System (often spelled as L.O.I.S Hair Typing System)

The LOIS Hair Typing system appears to be dying a slow death, although there are many naturals that advocate for it over the more well-known Andre Walker Hair Typing System. LOIS was created by a website that is no longer active. The hair typing is considered by many to be very user friendly – due to its simplicity.

The LOIS hair typing system defines hair using three characteristics: (1) pattern, (2) strand size, and (3) texture.

Hair Patterns

The LOIS system defines the hair pattern by the letters LOIS. I’ll explain:

  • L = If your hair is dominated by right angles and substantially bends with nearly no curve, then you’re considered a pattern “L”.
  • O = If your hair strand curls or coils significantly and appear to be shaped like the letter “O”, then you’re considered a pattern “O”.
  • I = If your hair has no distinctive curls or bends and primarily lies flat against your head, then you’re considered a pattern “I”.
  • S = If your hair strand has “S” shaped curls or waves with defined hills and valleys, then you’re considered a pattern “S”.

Finally, it’s important to note that you may have several different LOIS hair patterns on your head. When this occurs, the system allows you combine LOIS letters to determine your hair pattern.

For example, your hair pattern may be an “OS” LOIS hair type. In this example, your hair would contain primarily a combination of “O” shaped spiral curls and “S” shaped curly waves with defined hills and valleys.

Hair Strand Sizes

Identifying your hair strand within the LOIS system starts with using a strand of frayed thread. One piece of a frayed thread (like a piece of sewing thread) is used as a proxy to determine the size of your hair strand. The general thought (according to the LOIS hair typing system) is that a piece of thread is approximately the size of medium sized strand of hair.

  • Smaller than a piece of sewing thread = Thin, fine hair strands
  • Size of a piece of sewing thread = Medium hair strands
  • Larger than a piece of sewing thread = Think hair strands

Hair Textures

  • Thready – This thready hair texture has a low sheen and a bright shine when the hair is stretched. This hair texture should have low frizz and get wet easily. Even though this hair texture wets easily, the water will dry out very quickly.
  • Wiry – This hair texture sparkly glossy appearance with very little shine and low frizz. When the wiry hair texture is wet, the water will bead up or bounce off the hair strands. This hair texture is more difficult to get fully wet.
  • Cottony – The cottony hair texture has low sheen, a bright shine when the hair is stretched and is usually is highly frizzy. The cottony texture absorbs water very quickly; however it doesn’t get completely wet very fast.
  • Spongy – The spongy hair texture absorbs water (like a sponge) and has a high sheen and low shine.
  • Silky – The silky texture has low sheen and a bright high shine. The level of expected frizz with this hair texture can vary substantially. Silky hair becomes completely wet very easy.

How to Find Your LOIS Hair Type

Examine a few of the most common types of hair on your head. If you have multiple hair types within the LOIS system, then you should begin by examining the most common hair type of your head.

Prior to examining your hair, be sure that it has been recently washed (rinsed in cold water) and doesn’t have any hair products applied to it.

Another option is to wash a strand of hair that has been removed from the scalp and rinse it in cold water. Allow the individual hair strand to dry without touching it to get an accurate depiction of the LOIS hair type.

Fia’s Hair Typing System

There is one other hair typing system that had a consistent following several years ago. Actually, there are still several women on some natural hair forums that are advocates for Fia’s Hair Typing System.

Fia’s Hair Typing System appears to expand on Andre Walker’s Hair Typing System and incorporate components of the LOIS Hair Typing System also. The system defines hair using three classifiers: (1) the definition of your curls (think Andre Walker), (2) the appearance of most of your hair strands, and (3) the overall volume of your hair.

First Classifier: The first classifier which defines your hair type by determining the curliness of your hair strands (or the lack thereof – if that’s the case) is analogous to Andre Walker system utilizing Type 1 – straight hair, Type 2 – wavy hair, Type 3 – curly hair and Type 4 – really curly hair.

Second Classifier: The second classifier focuses on the appearance of the majority of your hair strands. Actually, this classifier is very similar to the hair strand sizes used within the LOIS system, but there are some minor differences in terminology.

  • F – Fine: Fine, thin hair strands that feels almost like an ultra-fine strand of silk.
  • M – Medium: Medium sized hair strands, which generally feel like rolling a cotton thread between your thumb and index fingers, are ones that simply fall in between the fine and coarse categories according to Fia’s Hair Typing System.
  • C – Coarse: Think hair strands that feel hard and wiry.

 Third Classifier: The third classification of Fia’s Hair Typing System measures the overall volume of your hair. Simply place your hair in a ponytail. Include as much hair as possible in the ponytail. There is no need to worry too much about how your hair looks, because the goal is to have the majority of your hair included in the ponytail.

Once you have the majority of your hair in a ponytail, the next step is to measure the circumference of the ponytail. You can use a soft tape measure or another method that won’t damage your hair to measure the circumference of your ponytail.

Simply wrap the soft tape measure around your ponytail below the elastic (ex. Goody Ouchless Hair Elastics) used to hold the ponytail together.  The number shown on the soft tape measure is used to determine whether your hair fits into the thin, normal or thick according to Fia’s Hair Typing System.

  • Thin – The circumference of the ponytail is less than 2 inches (less than 5 centimeters)
  • Normal – The circumference of the ponytail is between 2 – 4 inches (between 5-10 centimeters)
  • Thick – The circumference of the ponytail is greater than 4 inches (greater than 10 centimeters)

Note: The circumference is simply the measured distance around a circle or edge of an object that is roughly circular.

Emerging Hair Typing Systems

There are other emerging hair typing systems, but honestly most of the new ones aren’t well known. If these emerging systems achieve an adequate social following, then I will update this article to include a complete discussion of those hair typing systems. At the moment, any hair typing system that doesn’t have a legitimate following within the natural hair community is considered outside of the scope of this guide.

Lately, many hair product manufacturers are creating proprietary hair typing systems in order to sell more hair products to individuals looking for personalization in their natural hair regimen. That said, several manufacturers have decided to use the very well-known Andre Walker Hair Typing System to recommend their products on a personalized basis.hair types

42 Comments

  • Thank you so much for this article! I haven’t actually tried to figure out my hair type yet, but I’ve been wondering what category my hair falls into, and it’s nice to have it all laid out in one place, instead of having to go back and forth between a zillion websites to try to understand it all.

    I love that you guys DON’T focus on hair typing on this website, because it is easier for new naturals like me. I played around on a few other sites before joining this one, and it was a mess because I had NO CLUE at all which forums were for my hair, and what type do I have, and everyone was so focused on it AND there is more than one system, so God forbid I said 4A in a forum that uses LOIS… it freaked me out, I didn’t know what they were talking about… But it is nice to have a means to understand what people mean when they say they 3B or 4A or whatever their hair type is… It helps me to paint the picture in my mind….

    Sorry, I’ve rambled… long-story-short: thank you :)

    • Ava – I understand exactly what you mean. There are many different acronyms and “things” that a new natural must learn just to participate in a conversation about hair. I’m glad that the article was helpful for you.

      Kenneth

  • Great article. I never heard of the LOIS system before.

    As for the people who got upset re: Andre’s statement about relaxing, I think some ppl are a little too sensitive. The fact is, the curlier your texture, the more difficult it is to manage. Hence, the suggestion of a relaxer. I think what he was trying to say was that if you WANT to manage your tighter curl pattern, a relaxer is an option.

    However, many naturals seem to be a bit hypocritical. How can you be so against relaxing and practically making those who get relaxers feel bad about not being natural. Yet get offended when a relaxed person has problems with their hair being natural. It’s a personal choice.

    There are many ppl with relaxers who have long beautiful hair. I decided that my 3b/3c hair (if you want to type it) could be managed without the use of a relaxer. However, I know that if I had a kinkier pattern, I’d probably keep a relaxer too. And the great thing about it, is it’s all about CHOICE.

    • I agree I have 3c/4a hair and I’m still learning how to take care of my hair but if I had real kinky 4b or 4c hair I would go back to a relaxed I wouldn’t be able to take care of kinky hair . I already struggle with tight curly hair . I’m so glad God blessed me with this hair .

  • Frankly I’m so tired of this hair type mess I could cuss. I’ve spent my two natural years having hair envy issues and what I finally came to terms with is my hair is mine and regardless of its texture it doesn’t do what I say anyway, it never has. I think this hair type is yet another method designed to separate people. What they don’t recognize in these classifications is the possibility of mixed hair types. I see more women write about being 2 or more hair types than just one, which I feel makes the system as well as the tips geared towards care for these hair types null and void.

  • The article was very interesting and enlightening. He must have taken a lot of time to find a way to classify hair. However, I do agree with his statement that everyone has good hair. This is a concept I honestly believe in wholeheartedly. This to me is just another way of dividing and stereotyping people. It also has the effect of causing people to have low self-esteem, and further degraded by any and all. It does my heart good to see women of color going back to their natural hair and taking pride in how different it is. God did not make us all alike. Next if we are not careful, they will be separating us yet again on eye color. I have been natural for over 20 years now. When I made the change and did the big chop people looked at me like I was crazy. I was free from the conformity of society. Free to be ME! Short, curly, thin, fine hair and all…… :)

    • Congrats on being natural for 20+ years. I’m sure 20 years ago people were looking crazy when you big chopped. It’s much more the norm nowadays than back then, but I’m sure it felt great to do your own thing.

      Kenneth

  • Thanks for info best advice I ever heard so far I have became a product junkie trying to find what works for my hair I you tube myself to death but in the end my hair knows best. My hair is thin don’t know what type and really know care but I do the best I can do I moisturize I use butter because that works best then creams water oil butter is my best method as long as my hair is healthy I’m good some days it’s not so with that being said I love the info you put out there for all of us sincerly

    • Hi Phyllis,

      Thank you for reading and I am happy that you are finding the information useful. Please let us know if there is a topic you would like us to write about!

      Jael

  • Great post, I knew about all the hair type systems after I BCd I took to the web and educated myself on how to care for natural hair and then my type of hai mainly to figure out what type of products work beet for healthy hair, and then through trial and error (although not too much error) I’ve gotten my routine down and its just a matter of sticking to what works consistently. I find that saying 3c/4c and 2bish right in front only gives you a visual of what my hair looks like, but nothing about how it responds to products, water and weather, but if I also tell you my hair is cottony, medium sized strands, dense, prone to high frizz and med sheen then you get all the pieces of the puzzle.

    As for Andrew Walkers comments regardless of what he meant to say I think more women took offense because he is a man who doesn’t not have to desk with caring for his hair as a woman who could be and is often times judged by her hair, so for him to tell a woman she should relax her hair its really not his place to make that decision for the hair on someone else’s hair. It does annoy me when I hear relaxed females suggesting that you need to have a certain hair/curl type in order to go natural. I have had my occasional stylist tell me how lovely my hair is and how I don’t need a relaxer and how she’s seen some naturals and with their hair type that need to “Come on back” meaning relax their hair again. That annoyed me because it is that type of thinking that lead and leads black AA females to chemically and permanently alter their hair, and not for managebility reasons but because someone else doesn’t approve of their God given inherited strands. If someone wants to relax their hair that is their hair and their choice. I for one was tired of healthy hair that never seemed to grow beyond shoulder length. One thing I noticed since I stopped relaxing my hair, my hair has never grown in as thick as it has now since I began relaxing as a child. Another thing a stylist who is in the business of making money is not going to suggest a client stopping relaxing for the health if her hair, but their are plenty heads I see whose hair is simply too fine for relaxers, but the average stylist is not going to risk losing a customer.

    • Hi Rachel,
      You are spot on! I agree with you, my have was fine and whismy when I was relaxed but now, it was a mass of hair and I love it! It takes on its own persona :-)

      You are right, there is no certain hair type needed when you want to wear unrelaxed hair, just do it…

      Thank you for commenting,

      Jael

  • Great article. Excellent comments.
    For me personally I am transitioning because everytime I got a touch up my haurline would break off so terrible that I didn’t know what to do. Thus transitioning. How I wear my hair, is how I wear MY hair. I am 50 something last relaxer 1/2/2013. Good hair? It’s good to have hair. This is the best site I have found.

    • Hi Glennis!

      Thank you for your compliment, we definitely appreciate it! I love your comment, ” Good hair? It’s good to have hair.”

      Jael

  • This is eye opening. Naturally curly.com was the first that I came across when I decided to transition and thought that the hair typing system used there was legit and it was the thing to live by. This article however has shown me that what is popular and acceptable is not always right. and to be honest apparently my hair is a 3C but it looks nothing like the pictorial. I’m not trying to downplay the sight as they have helped in my transition journey but it also good to hear other sides.

    • Hi Nidia-
      Thank you so much for visiting Natural Hair Community! I am happy that we were able to provide you with useful information that gave a different and relevant viewpoint.

      Jael

    • Hi Nidia, I agree the pictures for 3C at Naturallycurly.com does not fit the description of what most 3C ladies hair look like at all. Being 3C/3B/4a I think their pictures confused me the most in the beginning but finding ladies on YT and other sources I was able to determine my curl patterns, and then I had to just ignore NC’s pictures, but pay more attention to their product advice until trail and error took over from there. For one I’m finding for styling butters and creams don’t give me great definition but give me awesome volume but also more frizz than I like on day 1. Gels seem to be the answer for me, and medium to heavy gels. A lot of these “Info” sites you will sometimes find the forum more helpful than general 1 size fits all advice and suggestions that never fit all.

  • Thank you for a great article. My father has type 4 hair. My mother has type 1. I think I have 3a,b hair. Not growing up in a black community, I don’t really feel anything about hair, but having these systems really helped me to know what types of products work and which don’t work for my hair. Type 4 looks more time consuming (from what I’ve seen on YouTube, detangling, and all that twisting and braiding) but, I think it has its own beauty. :-)

    • I believe I have 4a hair or 3c not even too sure but I consider myself type 4 hair and my hair is NOT time comsuming. I don’t have detangling problems, I can jump in the shower wash and jump right out. I don’t need to comb my hair besides the basic detangling in the shower and I just finger comb. My hair rarely gets tangled. If I want to twist my hair I can simply do big twists. Every hair has its own issue but to say all 4 type hair is hard to manage is ridiculous. It simply depends on what you are trying to do with it.

      • Exactly. My hair is mix of 3c and 4a but mostly 4a. I actually find my 3c section to be more tangle prone. I also noticed several “if I had type 4 comments I would relax” comments. I really get sick of the assumption that just because someone has type 4 they have a difficult time managing their hair. Not true for everyone. 3b could just as easily have problems if they don’t know what they’re doing. Can I wash and go, Yes. Do I? Rarely because I like to wash my hair at night because leaving the house and going to work with wet hair is a no imo. it’s a matter of what people prefer. I have had many women with looser hair tell me they wish their hair was curlier like mine because mine in very thick full big and theirs flops. Everyone has their likes dislike and I dislike flat hair. For people like me looser hair is a disadvantage because you have to work harder to create volume. Honestly I think wavy hair would be difficult because it’s not curly and it’s not straight so that’s why people are constantly blow drying it or trying to scrunch to create curls. And Andre’s “suggestion” I relax my hair is one reason I don’t go to salons because this way of thinking is common. Telling people about their options and making a suggestion are two different things.

      • The commenter never actually said “all” type 4 cake is hard to manage, what they actually said was that it LOOKED more difficult to manage, so maybe your comment is the ridiculous one. It’s better to actually read what you’re commenting on rather than being so emotionally charged. That’s all I have to say, I felt the comment was somewhat unwarranted.

        And for the record, I think all hair is beautiful, and think it’s wonderful that girls and women are being empowered to find and keep their natural hair.

    • I don’t get why people.. Down play type 4 hair like that! All hair types have it’s own disadvantage. All styles or products don’t fit all hair types. If you know what works best for your hair.. Any type can be easily manageable. Alot of type 4 women have very thick, thick hair! It’s plenty of women wish they had thick hair like that. Just because you’re not a certain hair type… Doesn’t mean your hair is better then the next head. All hair doesn’t mean it’s healthy, because your a certain hair type. If you’re not taking GOOD care of your hair.. Your hair will lack a lot of healthiness. I’ve seen all hair types at the beauty supply store.. Trying to find right products to give their hair volume. From thin, thick, dry and so on! You’ll be surprised what one has to go through with any hair type. To manage their hair.

  • This is very confusing to me! I’ve been natural 1 year now (two big chopped). Hair type doesn’t mean nothing to me.. But it’s good to know where you stand, so you know what type of products to use for your hair. I’ve been trying to figure this out for the longest. I know my head has 3-4 textures. My back is much looser (maybe 3c or 4a or both) my nape might be (4b or 4c) and my sides could be (4b) it’s just hard to figure this stuff out. But I’m going to try to do it on wet fully washed hair again. A few family members tease me.. Because my hair is very, very thick and can be coarse in my nape. My hair doesn’t hold moisture well, and I’ve already know my porosity level which is low. If I’m able to find the right products, I’m sure I can soften my hair up it lack moisture badly.

  • Thank you very much for this info.
    I big chopped exactly a month ago after transitioning for 2 months and I can see different curl patterns on my head.
    I also believe I might have scab hair because my hair at the front is straight. at d sides and crown, I have 4b, at the back 4a (if I’m going by the AW system).
    I also have wiry hair and my hair doesn’t absorb water at all.
    my biggest challenge now is finding products that will work for me.
    Did u mention I’m Nigerian?Lol
    Thanks…

    • HiZoe,
      Congrats on your big chop!
      It is very possible that you have scab hair and it is also possibly that the straight pieces are relaxed. Time will tell as your hair gets longer.
      If it takes a while for your hair to absorb moisture, it very likely that you have low porosity. Meaning your hair is cuticles are tight and flat :-)
      Generally, I find that people have several curl patterns, I have at least 4 that I can readily see.

      To help you with products, sign up for the newsletter and check out our product guide. It is a great place to start.

      I hope this information helps,

      Kira

  • Great article. Thank you for posting this. Definitely learned a lot from this post. Very helpful and informative. Good job! Keep it up! :)

  • Hi..I’m Nigerian too. And I found this article really helpful..i recently bc’d and my hair is really weird? It’s got tight curls and tight waves in the same strandstrand so I’m not sure of where exactly in these classifications I would place. I find myself having curl envy of those with loser curl patterns. My shrinkage isn’t so bad but I was wondering if there were any ways I could get a loser curl pattern.

  • Thank you for this article. I’ve been trying for a few weeks to discover and understand my hair type and curl pattern. Now I can just let it go. I feel Andre Walker’s hair typing system is more simple to understand.

  • Just curious…what hair type is pictured in the larger picture at the beginning of this article with the partial twist? Thanks!
    Candice

  • I appreciate this article. I have at least 4 different curl patters ranging from tight, pen spring curls to stretch pen spring curls, to loose waves to perfectly straight strands. My hair is straight at the roots but gets very frizzy. Detangling isn’t a problem but I do get single strand knots. My hair behaves very well when it is damp but it can get pretty dry and I do moisturize daily. Go figure!! I have yet to meet my hair twin or anyone with a texture like mine. I don’t like the hair typing because it over generalizes and tends to create this perception of “great, fairly great, whew–fairly straight and not so great”. I love my hair so much — I don’t think I would ever consider relaxing again–that’s my personal choice and is no reflection on anyone who chooses to wear relaxed hair. I am just saying I am fabulous without a relaxer and so glad I made my choice to go natural.

  • I did a big shop January of 2016. After reading several articles on typing I came to the conclusion that I’m an (O) 4C. I’m trying to figure out the puracity. My hair doesn’t lather well the first time around. The second wash is full of lather. I wash, deep condition under a dryer for 15 minutes, rinse, use regular conditioner, and rinse. I then use moisturize, leave in conditioner, and oil. Next comes the curl enhancer and styling gel the finger coil (which is easiest for me). My hair is thick so I sit under the dryer at least 15 minutes to help it dry faster. The next day the coils are undone and I use a pick to get ride of the scalp that shows. I love it!! I just hope I’m using the proper products for my type hair. I cover my hair at night with a satin bonnet or and in the morning all I do is spritz with a water and oil mixture and use a pick to lift the hair and good to go. This style last 2 weeks. As my hair grows we’ll have to wait and see if I have the patience to continue, but I’m loving it right now.

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