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Hair Type Glossary

HAIR TYPE GLOSSARY

Let's talk about hair types!

HAIR TYPE GLOSSARY

Let's talk about hair types!

You all know I love hair education. At Hairitage we believe it is important to identify what type of hair you have, that way you have a better understanding of which products work best for you – resulting in healthier, better looking hair.

Generally, hair type is broken down in two categories: hair type and hair curl pattern. Other factors that can affect product choice are porosity, density and elasticity.

The type number (1 ,2, 3, 4) describes how your hair grows from the follicle of your scalp in its natural state, aka when it's wet; straight wavy, curly or coily. The letter (A, B, C) describes the thickness and the width of each individual wave, curl or coil. Just know that its very normal for people to have a mixture of hair types and textures on their head.

Watch as Mindy explains how to identify your hair type

Hair Type Subcategories

TYPE A

Wider, Looser Curls

TYPE B

Medium Width Curls

TYPE C

Tight Curls

Type 1

Straight Hair

1A

Straight hair with no bends in hair

1B

Straight hair with a subtle bend in hair

1C

Straight hair with moderate bend in hair

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Type 2

WAVY HAIR

2A

Fine hair with a subtle “S” pattern that forms loose waves

2B

Loose “S” pattern throughout. Hair is more wavy than curly

2C

Loose spiral curls with a more defined “S” pattern from root to tip. The coarsest of Type 2 hair type

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Type 3

CURLY HAIR

3A

Loose curls that spring when dry

3B

Well-defined spiral curls that are springy

3C

Tight corkscrew curls that are the coarsest of the Type 3 hair

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Type 4

COILY HAIR

4A

Well-defined, tight coils

4B

Tight coils that have a zig-zag curl pattern in a “Z” shape

4C

Hair has no real curl pattern and less definition (not a curl and not a wave). The tightest and coarsest of Type 4 hair

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