Is there such a thing as good or bad hair? The guide to natural hair type!!!

Happy Hump Day Lovelies,

  
When you have relaxed hair you honestly don’t even think about hair types and curls and all that, at least I didn’t. I used to have relaxed hair and until recently my hair type is something I never even worried about.

About two years ago I cut my hair and kept it natural, well I kept it naturally under weaves and braids (lol) and after a while I was fed up of it and I relaxed it again. I didn’t know how to style it or even take care of it and I hated combing it because it hurt. I honestly believed it limited me in terms of styling and braiding but my opinion has since changed.

I recently did the big chop and this time around I am determined to make this work. I want to grow my hair, understand and learn to love it. I can’t stop imagining myself with long black natural hair.  Thank goodness for bloggers, vloggers and Andre Walker’s Hair Classification System, I am learning a lot about my hair and I am sharing with you all what I am learning because I am convinced I am not the only who struggles with their hair.

Natural hair can be difficult to keep moisturised and healthy and I think one of the reasons for that is very few of us know what our hair type. As it goes with skin you can be better equipped to take care of your natural hair if you know what type of hair you have.

The discussions on natural hair types normally don’t end good because the discussions sometimes ends with hair being classified as good or bad and in my honest opinion there is no such thing.

I think all types of hair are beautiful and as is with anything hair types have their pros and cons.

They are about 12 natural hair types and I am going to share the summarised version of how you can I dentify which type your hair is. I will add links if you want to read about these hair types in more detail.

I have learnt a lot about my hair and how to take care of it from Black Girl Long Hair, Natural Hair Rules and a local blogger My Fro and I.

Hair-Type

What I am going to share today is just the start, there is more on how to make hair typing work for you, multiple hair types, elasticity and whole lot more and we will be taking it a step at a time every wednesday.

The picture I just share from Natural Hair Rules breaks down types in a very easy to understand way. If you are Visual learner like myself then keep reading 🙂 .

Here is a break down on hair types and textures, this is knowledge I have acquired thanks to the information shared on the blogs I have mentioned above and other sources.

Type 1A hair is straight, fine and sometimes. Its very soft, shiny and its difficult to cur. It tends to be oily and difficult to damage.

Straight, medium. If you have type 1B your hair should have lots of body, a whole lot more volume than 1A and full

 Type 1C is said to be straight and course and very very difficult to curl

Type 2A hair is wavy and your hair will easily accomplish various styles. It has a definite *S pattern. The hair sticks close to the head.

2B hair type Your hair will be wavy and sometimes it will resist styling, lol. Your hair will want what it wants and it tends to be fizzy

Type 2C Hair

Your hair has thicker waves. Also resistant to styling and its  frizzy Type 3A Hair

Curls are naturally big, loose and usually very shiny
Type 3B hair

Medium amount of curl, from bouncy ringlets to tight corkscrews.Type 3C hair

hair has tight curls in corkscrews. The curls can be either kinky, or very tightly curled, with lots and lots of strands densely packed together
Type 4A hair

Tightly coiled hair that, when stretched, has an “S” pattern, much like curly hair. It tends to have more moisture than other 4 type hair

Type 4B natural hair

Has a “Z” pattern, less of a defined curl pattern. Instead of curling or coiling, the hair bends in sharp angles like the letter “Z”; has a cotton-like feel.
4C type natural hair

Some say 4c looks identical to 4b except that the curls are so tightly kinked, there is seemingly no definition. The youtube bloggers I follow say type 4C hair has no curl definition. I have 4C hair and I can tell you there is not natural curl definition, you cant just wash it and expect pretty curly hair, lol.

O will be sharing my wash and go routine with you all soon so keep a look out for that.

I hope this information helps you all figure out what type of hair you have.

Feel free to share  your hair  knowledge with us in the comment section.

I will share more picture on my diet tomorrow so keep an eye out for that too.

Have a blessed night

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