Types of Hair: How to know your hair type?

Did you know that there is a classification of hair types? The hairs are divided into straight, wavy, curly, and kinky hair, but within each type, some variations change depending on the thickness of the wire or curvature. Our hair always has more characteristics, but it is also possible to find more than one type of hair in a person because our hair changes as it grows and develops.
Understanding your hair type or types helps when choosing the best hair treatments. If you are in doubt about how to find out what your wire is, read on and get all your doubts cleared.

What are the hair types?

There are four hair types: straight hair, wavy hair, curly, and kinky. The difference between the types is in the curvature and thickness of the wires. In addition to the 4 main classifications, there are 3 subcategories with specifications for each hair. Each hair is numbered from 1 to 4, and the subcategories are the letters A, B, and C, which indicate the thickness of the hair and the intensity of the curvature.

There is curly hair with more open curls and others with more closed curls. At the same time, straight hair can have fine or thick hair. Understanding which one is yours helps you choose the best treatments and products for your hair. Below, check out the classifications of each hair type in detail.

Straight Hair Types

Straight hair is classified with the number 1 and is divided into types 1A, 1B, and 1C. The difference between the three straight hair types is in the thickness of the strands, type 1A hair is fine, 1B medium, and 1C is thick straight hair. Understand in detail each type of straight hair:

Type 1A: This type of straight hair is thinner and more aligned because having thin hair tends to tangle and tangle more easily. This feature also makes the oil from the scalp easier to descend to the length, making this hair more oily.

Type 1B: Hair of this type tends to be thicker, and with a mixture of 1A strands, due to the thicker hair, they tend to be more voluminous and less oily.

Type 1C: this type of hair is the thickest of all and tends to be heavier and voluminous, and the hair is more resistant and shiny.

Wavy Hair Types

Wavy hair is a very versatile hair type because, depending on the type, it can go between straight and curly, and also depending on the way it is finished. This type of hair has small curves, which are different from straight hair, and are not classified as curls because they are very open. Wavy hair is classified with the number 2 and divided into 2A, 2B, and 2C. Check out the characteristics of wavy hair in detail:

Type 2A: This wavy hair is more similar to straight hair. It is classified as wavy because it is slightly wavy, but nothing too striking. Because it is more similar to straight hair, it is the least voluminous of wavy hair and tends to be more oily.

Type 2B: this type of hair is more accentuated wavy in an S shape, as it has a little more volume. Type 2B wavy hair already has a little more frizz. In general, the waves are more intense in the length of the hair.

Type 3B: the waves of this type of hair are more defined and come closer to curly hair. Depending on the finish, it can look like 3A hair. This is the most voluminous and frizzy type of wavy hair. It tends to be oily on the scalp and drier at the ends.

Curly Hair Types

Curly hair is also known as curly hair. They are classified with the number 3 and divided into 3A, 3B, and 3C. The yarn is formed by curls that can be more open or more closed. Because of the curls, this type of hair tends to be drier in length because the oil from the scalp finds it more difficult to go down to the ends.

Type 3A: this type of hair has more open curls; depending on how it is finished, it looks like wavy hair type 2C. It has more volume and definition than wavy hair. This type of hair tends to be the oiliest of curly hair.

Type 3B: This curly hair is wavier at the root and has more defined curls at the ends. It has more frizz and requires special care with hydration as it tends to be less oily. Type 3B hair has plenty of definition and volume.

Type 3C: The types of curls of this hair are more closed. What makes the shrinkage factor more visible is that the hair looks smaller than it is because of the curls that shrink the strands to form the curls. The curls are formed from the root and developed along the length. This type of hair tends to be drier and has a lot of volume and definition.

Kinky Hair Types

Kinky hair has much more closed curls, so they tend to be more voluminous and defined. Because of this, curly hair also tends to be drier and more frizzy. They are classified by the number 4 and divided into 4A, 4B, and 4C. Check out the details of this type of wire below:

Type 4A: Similar to 3C curly hair, this curly hair has a tighter curl than curly hair and more open curls than other curly hair types. The shrink factor becomes more visible compared to curly hair, and it tends to need more attention with hydration.

Type 4B: from this type of hair, curly hair tends to lose the appearance of curls and has a zigzag characteristic as if the hair had the shape of several “Z’s.” Because of this characteristic, it tends to be bulkier and drier, which makes the yarn more fragile.

Type 4C: with the zigzag strands more closed, this strand has no definition but is the most voluminous hair. Because of this, the shrinkage factor is more pronounced in 4C curly hair. In addition, they tend to be drier, which can be solved with products that contain many oils in their composition.

How do I determine my hair type?

To know your hair type, you need to analyze the hairs to understand which curvature is more present. Do this without applying any products, as products can make your hair more defined. Analyze the locks and find the dominant hair type in your strands.
Remember that no hair has only one type of wire. Due to hair growth, chemical procedures, and cuts, the shapes of the hair can be changed. So it is common for a person to have more than one type of hair.

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