In the last post, you were able to review a table that loosely categorized the different textures of hair that are associated with certain ethnicities. If you looked at the table, you could determine that there are 4 main categories of hair textures: Type 1, Type 2, Type 3, and Type 4.

Within each main group are three different subcategories of hair. Again, these categories and subcategories were created to help serve as a guide when determining hair texture in order to provide your hair with proper care.

In this post, the subcategories within each main type of hair–including their characteristics, general problems, and solutions to those problems–have been laid out.

Type 1: Straight

                                            Image Source: Sharee Miller of Coily and Cute

                                            Image Source: Sharee Miller of Coily and Cute

 

  1. Type 1A
    1. Characteristics: Fine, straight hair
    2. Problems: Can’t hold proper curl; Difficult to style
    3. Solution: Use dry shampoo and avoid thick conditioners; Hair spray
  2. Type 1B
    1. Characteristics: Fuller strands that Type 1A; Slight bend at strand ends, but not a real curl
    2. Problems: Lack of volume and texture
    3. Solution: Use dry texturizing spray at roots before using straightener
  3. Type 1C
    1. Characteristics: Mostly straight hair but has a few waves in undergrowth; Very thick
    2. Problems: Susceptible to frizz; Can’t hold proper curl
    3. Solution: Use smoothing serum and cool setting on blow dryer; Hair spray

Type 2: Wavy

                                          Image Source: Sharee Miller of Coily and Cute

                                          Image Source: Sharee Miller of Coily and Cute

 

  1. Type 2A
    1. Characteristics: “Classic bed head”
    2. Problems: Limp wave pieces; Heat damage from heat styling
    3. Solution: Use heat protecting sprays, serums, and mousses
  2. Type 2B
    1. Characteristics: Beach waves
    2. Problems: Lack of wave definition
    3. Solution: Use mousse and diffuser to finger-style the hair; Complete  by adding few crops of hair oil to avoid crunchy look
  3. Type 2C
    1. Characteristics: Thick waves with sporadic curls throughout
    2. Problems: Dry/ Lack of moisture; Frizz
    3. Solution: Finger-styling; Deep conditioning treatment at least once a week

Type 3: Curly

                                          Image Source: Sharee Miller of Coily and Cute

                                          Image Source: Sharee Miller of Coily and Cute

 

  1. Type 3A
    1. Characteristics: Largest, true curl diameter with mix of wavy pieces
    2. Problems: Lack of curl definition; Susceptible to heat damage
    3. Solution: Style using the scrunch method — Apply product to wet hair then use cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel squeeze squeeze curls while simultaneously pushing hair up toward your scalp; Use lotions, cremes and serums that help fight frizz while allowing your strands to retain moisture
  2. Type 3B
    1. Characteristics: Stretched out curls that fall down instead of grow out
    2. Problems: Frizz
    3. Solution: Use a combination of light gel and a leave-in conditioner while the hair is wet to create smooth curls
  3. Type 3C
    1. Characteristics: Clearly defined corkscrew coils with diameters ranging in size from that of a pencil to a small marker
    2. Problems: Dry/ Lack of moisture; Frizz
    3. Solution: Use a co-wash cleansing conditioner to maintain moisture retention; Use a combination of light gel and a leave-in conditioner while the hair is wet to create smooth curls

Type 4: Coily

                                          Image Source: Sharee Miller of Coily and Cute

                                          Image Source: Sharee Miller of Coily and Cute

 

  1. Type 4A
    1. Characteristics: Small ringlets with diameters ranging in size from that of a pen coil to a pencil
    2. Problems: Dry/Lack of moisture retention; Shrinkage/Lack of length retention; Frizz
    3. Solution: Use a diffuser to help stretch curl to maximum length; Use lotions, cremes and serums that help fight frizz while allowing your strands to retain moisture
  2. Type 4B
    1. Characteristics: Mixture of S-shaped coils and Z-shaped kinks
    2. Problems: Exaggerated frizz/ Lack of true curl definition
    3. Solution: Use light gels and styling butter to twist damp hair in order to achieve a more defined curl
  3. Type 4C
    1. Characteristics: No distinct curl pattern
    2. Problems: Tangles easily/ Hard to detangle; Lack of true curl definition
    3. Solution: Use a co-wash cleansing conditioner to maintain moisture retention; Use leave-in conditioner and hair oils while the hair is wet

[The source of the above information comes from POPSUGAR and L’Oreal’s Makeup.com.]