Saturday, February 19, 2011

Some of you may have noticed that I list my hair as a 4b or 4c. If you aren't aware what 4b or 4c mean let me take a second to explain. Hair use to be describe just as hair! Then along came Andre Walker, the man who before Phil and Oz Oprah put on the map. Andre works on the Oprah show as a hair stylist. Then he wrote a book "Andre Talks Hair", where he classified hair into various hair types. This system is commonly used to classify hair textures.



    

                                  
                                     more curls when wet
Type 1a - Straight (Fine/Thin) - Hair tends to be very Soft, Shiny, difficult to hold a curl, hair also tends to be oily, and difficult to damage.
Type 1b - Straight (Medium) - Hair has lots of volume & body.
Type 1c - Straight (Coarse) - Hair is normally bone straight and difficult to Curl. Asian women usually fall into this category.
Type 2a - Wavy (Fine/Thin) - Hair has a definite "S" pattern. Normally can accomplish various styles.
Type 2b - Wavy (Medium) - Hair tends to be frizzy, and a little resistant to styling.
Type 2c - Wavy (Coarse) - Hair is also resistant to styling and normally very frizzy;tends to have thicker waves.
Type 3a - Curly (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.
Type 3b - Curly (Tight Curls) - Also tends to have a combination texture, with a medium amount of curl.
Type 4a - Kinky (Soft) - Hair tends to be very Fragile, tightly coiled, and has a more defined curly pattern.
Type 4b - Kinky (Wiry) - Also very fragile and tightly coiled; however with a less defined curly pattern -has more of a "Z" pattern shape.
                                                                 

far away no curls
While many women praised the idea of hair typing, others thought it was ludicrous. They argued that their hair do not fit  into any of the "types" Andre invented. Some women like myself have two or more "types" of hair on our head. These women modified Andre's system by adding sub categories. That is why I often times list my hair as 4c. See the defination of type 4c below.
"This texture of hair has been described as a more "challenging" version of 4B hair. Very tightly kinked hair, with no curl definition at all."
What is your thoughts on Andre's system? What is your thoughts on my hair am I 4b or 4c?