Monday, June 11, 2012

The Hair Texture Chart

The Hair Texture Chart
1 Dec
      Do you know your type?

This hair system developed by Andre Walker (Oprah Winfrey hair stylist) is probably the best to follow. It breaks down hair into 3 main categories and 8 sub categories. Keep some naturals tend to have two, maybe even three different types of textures. So you can follow more than one of these types and modify your routine to get the best out of your hair.


          Type 1 refers to straight hair, more commonly found on Asian and Caucasian women and men.

       Type 2 (Wavy)

  • 2a (Fine / Thin) - Hair tends to be very soft, shiny, difficult to hold a curl, hair also tends to be oily, and difficult to damage.
  • 2b (Medium) – Hair tends to be frizzy, and a little resistant to styling.
  • 2c (Coarse) – Hair is also resistant to styling and normally very frizzy; tends to have thicker waves.
      Type 3 (Curly)
  • 3a (Loose Curls) – Hair tends to have a combination texture. It can be thick & full with lots of body, with a definite “S” pattern. It also tends to be frizzy.
  • 3b (Tight Curls) – Also tends to have a combination texture, with a medium amount of curl.
  • 3c (Very tight Curls) - The curls can be either kinky, or very tightly curled, with lots and lots of strands densely packed together.
      Type 4 (Kinky)
  • 4a (Soft) – Hair tends to be very fragile, tightly coiled, and has a more define curly pattern.
  • 4b-c (Wiry) – Also very fragile and tightly coiled; however with a less defined curly pattern – has more of a “Z” pattern shape


  1. Love! Since I cut my locks and started wearing my hair short ppl always say they like my curl pattern and asked if I knew what kind of curl I have. Now I know. ☺

  2. 4A has bigger loops so it's wrong. Too small. Looks more like 4b that has the zigzag curls.

    Also there's another curl pattern that seems to be skipped over because it's thick like 4c but has a lot of definition when dry, not as much when wet. It's coily. Not zigzag, not s pattern or even a curly or wavy, but literally tight coil like a spring or slinky. The hair is not fine nor course but medium and it has more shrinkage when dry versus wet. I have this hair type. It's thick like 4c but has coily definition. I believe they call it kinky coily hair.