It has a much tighter curl pattern. It is categorized in C3a, C3b and C3c. All three subcategories form a definite “S”. The only difference is in the size of the curl.
- 3A hair type has a looser curl pattern – spiral curls. - 3B hair has a tighter curl pattern - ringlets. - 3C hair has a very tight curly look - corkscrews. - Wavy hair has a lot of body. - Can be styled in different styles. - Does not have lots of sheen. - Prone to damage. - Easily frizzes in the humid climate.
In preparation for our wonderful amazing natural hair masterpost I took a crack at making a hair chart (for types 3 & 4), keep in mind that this chart is in no way an end all be all to hair typing (which in imo is overrated, its not so much about hair type its more about how you care for your hair but we’ll discuss that later). You can very well have any combination of these curl patterns on your head (and you’ll notice that they overlap and look quite similar) and they are all beautiful (I cannot stress this enough), hopefully ya’ll find this helpful!
Hair behaves differently according to texture, thickness, and curl pattern.
If your curl patter is more similar to Suzy’s than it is to Kim’s, then you’re more likely to benefit from whatever works on Suzy’s hair, rather than copying Kim’s haircare regimen.
That’s all hairtyping is, and that’s all it is for.
Hair typing is not hierarchy (4’s are worth more than 3’s, who are worth more than 2’s…)
Hair typing is not a rivalry (If you ain’t a 4 you ain’t shit! Ride or die 3’s for life!)
Hair typing is not a conspiracy to put us in boxes (2’s must act this way, and 4’s are not allowed to do XYZ)
Hair typing is
Think about skin care products. Some of us have “oily” skin, some of us have “combination” skin, some of us have “dry” skin.
If I, a sister with dry skin, use a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer that were designed for oily skin, what kind of fool would I be?
And we understand that if your skin is classified as oily, that doesn’t mean your oily skin will behave *exactly like* somebody else’s oily skin. But the “oily” classification gives you a place to start in your search for the skincare regimen that is right for you.
We’ve been accustomed to the oily/combination/dry skin typing system for years, and I haven’t seen any complaints about it being an evil plan from “the man” to divide us and put us in a box.
But start classifying our hair - and it’s a conspira-CEE!!!!! to divide and conquer.
No, it’s not.
It’s a system that can be useful in giving us a place to start in our individual searches for the haircare regimens that will work for us. Just like the skin typing system. It’s only drama if we make it that way.
I don’t agree with hair typing. People focus too much on it when there is no such thing as a true hair type only a generalized guide to hair typing. Our hair is made up of many different textures and can’t really be put into a basic category of what the hair types are or what they should be based on the norm. To put it simply natural hair is not normal or basic and that’s what makes it so special. It’s multiple textures,lengths,and grades are what makes every single one of us uniquely beautiful. But for those who want to know what hair typing is all about I’ll explain…
While going through hair forums, websites and videos you may encounter people putting up pictures of themselves and asking what hair type they have. “Am I 4a or 3c?” This is called curl classifying. There are a couple “curl classifying systems”. But the commonly used is the Andre Walker system. The type is identified with a number prefix 1-4 (Straight, wavy, curly, Kinky) and a letter suffix a-c (varying degree of curls within the type)
Knowing your hair type is not to segregate but can help understand and customize how to care for your hair better and what product types your need.
Since this site is dedicated to help people with curly, coily and kinky hair (type 3 and 4 hair), I’m only writing in-depth about those 2 types. This is the type most black people have. Our hair is severely misunderstood and vilified. But not all black people have time same hair type. Also remember that there is good or bad hair type just healthy and unhealthy hair.
“I have been natural most of my life,” begins St. Maarten Natural, Clara Reyes.
“The time first time I straightened my hair was for my confirmation. Hated it; hated it. My hair felt dead, thin, lifeless. I cut that off as soon as I could and was natural again after that.
“The next time [I straightened my hair] was for a production. My character needed long hair; the company I worked for paid for the hair. When that production was [over I ]cut out the straight and went natural again. [I’ve] been natural ever since; that was 1991…………..life energy…..life energy life energy…antennas to the universe.”
Transitioning from relaxed hair to natural has made me feel beautiful. I used to get teased over my hair. And I used to hate my hair and I strived for pin-straight hair. I came to realize that my hair was never ugly or “nappy” (that term makes me cringe, there’s only kinky & curly hair, not nappy, that’s offensive imo). I’ll admit it was disorganized and dry but I was too young to know how to tend to my hair. Now I do, and I love my hair. And when I cut those ends, my hair shall be flawless.