How to figure out hair type

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  1. Miss_Monroe

    Miss_Monroe New Member

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    I'm a newbie here and I may be overlooking the thread for this, but I was wondering how do I figure out my hair type??? :perplexed
     
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    Fia's hairtyping system

    FIRST CLASSIFIER - Your curliness (or lack thereof)

    The straight ones
    1a - stick straight
    1b - straight but with a slight body wave, just enough to add some volume, doesn't look wavy
    1c - straight with body wave and one or two visible S-waves (e.g. nape of neck or temples)

    The wavy ones
    2a - loose, stretched out S-waves throughout the hair
    2b - shorter, more distinct S-waves (similar to waves from braiding damp hair)
    2c - distinct S-waves and the odd spiral curl forming here and there

    The curly ones
    3a - big, loose spiral curls
    3b - bouncy ringlets
    3c - tight corkscrews

    The really curly ones
    4a - tightly coiled S-curls
    4b - tightly coiled hair bending in sharp angles (Z-pattern)

    SECOND CLASSIFIER - What (most of) your individual strands look like

    F - Fine
    Thin strands that sometimes are almost translucent when held up to the light. Shed strands can be hard to see even against a contrasting background. Similar to hair hair found on many people of Scandinavian descent.

    You can also try rolling a strand between your thumb and index finger. Fine hair is difficult to feel or it feels like an ultra-fine strand of silk

    M - Medium
    Strands are neither fine nor coarse. Similar to hair found on many Caucasians.

    You can also try rolling a strand between your thumb and index finger. Medium hair feels like a cotton thread. You can feel it, but it isn't stiff or rough. It is neither fine or coarse.

    C - Coarse
    Thick strands that where shed strands usually are easily identified against most backgrounds. Similar to hair found on many people of Asian or native American descent.

    You can also try rolling a strand between your thumb and index finger. Coarse hair feels hard and wiry. As you roll it back and forth, you may actually hear it.

    THIRD CLASSIFIER - Your overall volume of hair

    Put your hair in a ponytail with as much hair as possible in it. Don't bother with the way it looks - the goal is to have most/all of your hair in there. If it means it sits smack dab on top of your head, put it there.

    Measure the circumference of the ponytail. If you have bangs and/or you can't get all of your hair
    in there adjust according to how much of your hair you have measured.

    i - thin (less than 2 inches/5 centimeters)
    ii - normal (between 2-4 inches or 5-10 centimeters)
    iii - thick (more than 4 inches/10 centimeters)
     
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    Thank you so much Starr1 :clap:
     
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    Wondering what my natural hair looks like
    Thank you for this, very informative.
     
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    Very useful info! Just what I needed. Thank you!
     
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    My definition of 4B isn't Z shaped but tightly coiled corkscrews the size of pen springs, much smaller than 4A such that wash and goes may not show up the spirals the way they might on 4A.

    Below's a post of mine where I shared pics of my type 4B hair. The Z shape only shows up after I've manipulated my hair and bent the pen springs in ways opposite to how it would normally be thus creating awkward corners. It's inevitable with 4B hair because the coils are so tiny. You'd get the same effect if you took pen springs and combined them into plaits. :look:

     
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    Thanks for the post and the detailed explanation, Nonie. That was super informative!
     
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    yes this shows me that my hair is not 4b or 4a
     
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    Is this system used on natural and relaxed hair?
     
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    LunadeMiel Well-Known Member

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    Only natural hair can be typed...:yep:
    When people refer to hair types they are almost always referring to hair without any chemical alterations.
     
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    can this become a sticky????
     

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