What Hair Grades 3A-C and 4A-C Look Like

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The natural hair community has embraced the following Hair Type guidelines developed surprisingly enough by Oprah Winfrey’s hair dresser.  He defined hair into the following four (4) hair types:

  • Type 1 – Straight Hair: This type of hair is naturally bone straight and not typical of African-Americans or “black hair.”
  • Type 2 - Wavy Hair: Soft or deep waves with little to no curl.  Coarse and stays close to the scalp in long “s” shaped curves.  Doesn’t usually have a lot of body.
  • Type 3 – Curly Hair: Unique texture.  Fine and soft “q” shaped pattern.  Doesn’t have a lot of sheen.  Has lots of body.  Straightens when wet and curls as it dries.
  • Type 4Coily / Kinky Hair – Very tightly curled and wiry.   Type 4 is usually broken up into 4a and 4b types.  4a hair has a looser coil and strands have a spiral shape.  4b hair has a tighter kink. Strands have a zig-zag shape like the letter “z” and is the most fragile and driest of the types.

If you have Type 4 hair (Coily / Kinky) and believe that you can’t wear natural hair styles, read this.

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More Information on Hair Types

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