We all come in different shapes, sizes, heights etc. and so does our hair. It can be straight, curly, wavy, kinky, coily or just a combination of all the above. Because of how diverse hair can be, it is difficult to place someone in one category. However, celebrity stylist, Andre Walker, came up with a hair typing system in hopes to simplify things. I personally believe that the chart is too broad to accurately classify all the different hair types, but it is a start.
I have been getting a lot of questions regarding my hair type ever since my big chop. I don’t pay much attention to my hair type typically, because it is simply a guide. At the end of the day, I listen to my hair and care for it according to its current need. If it feels dry, I deep condition and moisturize. If not, I leave it alone. If you are a newly natural and is seeking help on how to care for your hair, the hair typing system can come in handy. I recommend reading up on it on this site.
As stated previously, I have been getting a lot of comments on this matter. Some people think that my hair type has changed over the years, while others feel like I am not a true 4c hair chick as I claim to be. I consider myself to be in the 4c category because of how my hair behaves when it is fully dry. When I wet it, especially if I use a heavy product such a deep condition, my hair forms little ringlets/coils and appears to be in the 4a/b curls category. However, once my hair is dry, it shrinks up about 80% of its length, becomes cotton-like and looses any curl definition that it previously had when wet. There are no apparent curl pattern left. My hair just does want it wants. Because my hair loves thick products/moisturizers, is naturally dry and shrinks up a lot, I classify myself as a 4c hair chick. To those who thinks that my hair texture has changed since my big chop, it hasn’t. My techniques has changed, however, and I have learned how to keep it moisturized.
So, if you want to know my hair type, it is kinky, coily with fine, cotton-like strands. Take that as a category!