Let me begin by saying I personally do not think that hair type is important. The most important thing to me is healthy hair. I know that sounds corny, but all this hype over 4a or 3b type hair is really irrelevant to me. However, since there are people out there with interest in hair types I want to make sure that the information is available to those who want it. Also, I want you to be prepared if you begin talking with a veteran natural or you join in a meet up and they begin discussing hair types. So I have done some research for you.
Definition – Hair type or Curl Pattern refers to the amount of wave or curl that your hair has.
There are three types:
- Type 2 Wavy
- Type 3 Curly
- Type 4 Coily
Each type follows an A, B, or C pattern.
Type 2 Hair Wavy
Type 2 hair has stretched, medium and less defined “S” shaped waves define this curl pattern. It lays flatter and won’t bounce. It is known as 2a, 2b, and 2c curl patterns.
Type 2A hair texture is straight at the root and gets wavy as it lengthens.
Type 2B hair has a wave length of around 1′ and can be frizzy.
Type 2C hair has large waves around 2’ – 3’ in length and are coarse, thick waves.
Type 3 Hair Curly
Type 3 hair has a stretched ,loose, loopy “S” curls. It can have bouncy medium ringlets and tight corkscrew curls define this curl pattern. Lots of volume, fine texture. This is known as 3a, 3b and 3c curl patterns.
Type 3A hair has stretched, loose, loopy “S” curls, broom stick circumference.
Type 3B hair has Medium ringlets, bounces back easily to its original state when pulled.
Type 3C hair has tight corkscrew curls, the size of a straw. Very springy texture. Absorbs water easily.
Type 4 Hair Kinky
Type 4 hair has tiny “Z” shaped ringlets and shallow to deep “S” curls. It can be coarse, densely packed, tightly coiled. It looks as it is resilient but is very fragile. Won’t shine but can have sheen. May feel moisturized but not look it. It is known as 4a, 4b and 4c curl patterns.
Type 4A hair is tightly curled but has a visible curly-kinky texture.
Type 4B hair has a kinky texture when dry, but is actually a looser curl pattern when wet. Very little visible curl definition.
Type 4C hair is very tightly curled with a short, “Z” curl pattern. Texture remains tight or has even more shrinkage when wet. No visible curl definition.