We classify various hair textures and break each hair type down into 4 types with added sub-categories. Everyone’s natural hair falls under a specific type.
Whatever your pattern; defined curls, spiral coils or kinky afro, understanding your hair needs in relation to your go-to products is the key to amazing hair days.
Hair has defined waves that fall close to the head. Hair can be prone to frizz and has a medium texture.
This fine-textured hair tends to be on the thin side. Going curly or perfectly straight is easy. Heavy styling products will weigh down the hair leaving curls limp and lifeless.
Hair is loosely curled and has the most natural shine. This hair type tends to have big loose curls and spirals with a well-defined “S” shape. Hair tends to be shiny.
At the end of the curly hair spectrum is Very Curly hair. This hair type that is made up of densely packed tight, voluminous corkscrew coils and borderlines kinky hair. Sometimes defined as curly coily hair, these bouncy curls look their best when moisturised and defined. Frizz control is a must. Prone to shrinkage.
Type 4; despite many misconceptions, this tightly coiled hair is quite fine and fragile. It is wiry, and delicate by nature. Each strand usually has a zig zag pattern. Kinky hair is the driest hair type, thus it is more prone to breakage and requires a gentle touch and lots of moisture. Richer oil-based products are key to maintain its elasticity and definition.
A misconception exists that this hair type does not grow. Kinky hair grows at the same rate as other textures, however, if not treated properly it breaks more than other textures. Treat this hair type like a fine silk blouse – cleanse gently, detangle softly, and avoid harsh chemicals. This type also shrinks when wet or exposed to humidity.
A subset of the Kinky hair family is Coily Hair. On the surface, coily hair may seem robust, but it is actually the most fragile of all hair textures because coily hair contains the fewest cuticle layers to protect from dryness.
Hair is fine, densely packed corkscrew or S-shaped coils that are soft and pliable.
Hair is denser and thicker with a Z-shaped coil pattern as opposed to a coil or curl.
Type 4 coily hair is defined as fine, thin, wiry, and coarse while densely packed in coils. The main challenges coily hair women experience is lack of hair definition, dryness, tangles, shrinkage, and breakage. You can rock your beautiful coils if you take the right steps for hair health, moisture, and styling products that do not dry.