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Which hair type are you?

We have 3 different types of natural hair.

Type 4 – Kinky Hair

• Type 4 is kinky, or very tightly curled, with a clearly visible curl pattern.
• The hair is very wiry, very tightly coiled and very fragile.
• Type 4 hair can range from fine/thin to wiry/coarse with lots of strands densely packed together.
• Type 4 hair has fewer cuticle layers than any other hair type. This means that it has less natural protection from the damage you inflict by combing, brushing, curling, blow-drying and straightening it.
• Type 4 hair is known to shrink up to 75% of the actual hair length.

Type 4 is divided into 2 subtypes:
•4b: 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
•4a: Tightly coiled hair that, when stretched, has an “S” pattern, much like curly hair. It tends to have more moisture than 4b and has a definite curl pattern.

Healthy hair tips for those with Kinky hair:
• Use styling oils.
• This hair type needs extra moisture and tender-loving care because it is fragile.
• Detangle hair with a lot of conditioner in your hair and use a comb.
• Let hair dry.
• Do not use a brush or comb on your dry curls.
• Reduce tangles by sleeping in a satin cap.

Type 3c – Curly Kinky Hair

Subtype 3c is really more than a subtype. It’s a type NaturallyCurly members developed because the original system left out this hair type, which falls between 3b and 4a, having its own special characteristics.• Type 3c hair has tight curls.
• The curls can be either kinky, or very tightly curled, with lots and lots of strands densely packed together.
• Getting this type of hair to blow dry straight is more challenging than for 3a or 3b, but it usually can be done.
• The very tight curls are usually fine in texture.

Tips
• Use styling creams and oils for type 3c hair.
• This hair type needs extra moisture and tender-loving care because it can be fragile.
• Detangle hair with a lot of conditioner in your hair and use a comb or detangling brush.
• Do not use a brush or comb on your dry curls.
• Reduce tangles by sleeping on a satin pillowcase or wrap hair in a satin cap.

Type 3 – Curly Hair

• There is a definite loopy “S” pattern
• Curls are well-defined and springy
• Type 3 hair has a lot of body; it is easily styled in its natural state or straightened with a blow-dryer
• It isn’t coarse, like many believe, but soft and very fine—there’s just a lot of it
• Combinations of Type 3a and 3b curls are common

There are two Type 3 subtypes:
•3b: Medium amount of curl, from bouncy ringlets to tight corkscrews.
Circumference: Sharpie size•3a: Curls are naturally big, loose and usually very shiny.
Circumference: sidewalk-chalk size

Tips
• 3a’s: Use gels and creams that offer light moisture and curl definition
• 3b’s: Use gels and styling creams with extra moisture and serious frizz control
• Use duckbill clips on the crown of your head to lift top curls
• Let hair air dry or use a diffuser
• Once your curls are dry, rub a little pomade into the palm of your hands and smooth over your hair gently
• Do not use a brush or comb on your dry curls
• Reduce tangles by sleeping on a satin pillowcase

Type 2 – Wavy Hair

• The wave or curl forms throughout the hair in the shape of the letter “S”
• Type 2 hair sticks close to the head; it won’t bounce up, even when layered

There are three Type 2 subtypes:
•2c: Thick and coarse and more resistant to styling and will frizz easily
•2b: Medium-textured and a little resistant to styling; has a tendency to frizz
•2a: Fine, thin and very easy to handle; easily straightened or curled

Tips
• Use lighter products such as gels that enhance curls, but don’t weigh them down.
• Use duckbill clips on the crown of your head to lift top curls.
• Let hair air dry.
• Once your curls are dry, rub a little pomade into the palm of your hands and smooth over your hair gently.
• Do not use a brush or comb on your dry curls
• Reduce tangles by sleeping on a satin pillowcase.

 Now which group type are you?

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