What's my hair type?
Frizz, untamed curls, dead ends, no hair growth, and so goes on the list of nightmares that come with trying to find routines that work. We all have our go-to hair routines and products we use to try and tame our hair. But do you ever question whether or not those products are actually good for your hair? Understanding your hair type is the key to solving your hair frustrations and finding the perfect routine that you know will work for you.
Before you dive into this post, learn the basics behind your hair type by taking our hair type quiz. It is the perfect way to learn a little more about your hair so that after you get your basics you can master your hair type knowledge with the rest of this curated information.
Hair Isn’t One Size Fits All
What is crazy about hair is that it comes in so many different shapes, sizes, types, etc. You would think, at first glance, that is hair is just hair. But having straight hair is completely different from having curly hair and even have one curly hair type can be different from another curly hair type. We would all love it if the exact routine that our favorite YouTuber or influencer uses can work as perfectly for us as it does for them, but that is not always the case. Products and styling techniques that work on one hair type may not work on another, and the same is true for when you get a haircut (hence the upcoming popularity of the curly cut).Finding out your hair type can be either be super simple or fairly challenging. The only reason for the challenge is because most of the time one head of hair usually has more than one hair type. Even so, getting a general grasp of your hair type is important because it can help you determine what products are healthy for your hair or what hairstyles are best for you.
Thank You Andre Walker
One of the original hair typing systems was created by hair stylist Andre Walker (Oprah’s Winfrey’s stylist) in the 90s. The initial reasoning for this system was to market his own hair care line, but it has now been adapted as a standard for hair typing. This system is the basics of the hair types and is continuously being adapted to be inclusive of the diversity of the hair types.
So What’s The System?
Essentially, hair type is broken up into four main categories and then specialized into three subcategories of a, b, or c. More often than not, your hair will fall into a range of subcategories, because as much as we would like it to be, hair is not black and white. Learning about all of the types and their subcategories is important because it helps you to determine where you fall but also teaches you about different characteristics hair can have.
Think of hair types as your group of friends: each person has a different personality and reacts differently to different situations. Your hair is the exact same way.
By the end of this, you will be a hair typing master, equipped with the knowledge to better care for your hair. And as a bonus, we have included tips and tricks for each hair type to make your life a little easier.
So Here’s The Breakdown
Type 1 - Straight Shooter (Straight)
Type 1 hair is our straight shooter, also known as straight hair. Type 1 is hair that is naturally straight with no curl pattern. Straight hair can typically grow easier and faster than the other hair types. This hair type has the tendency to be greasy and shiny. This is only because the straight strands allow the natural oils from your head to reach all the way down the hair shaft.
Here are some celebrities that have the straight hair type: Cher, Kendall Jenner, Rachel Bilson, Frieda Pinto
Type 1A is hair that has baby-fine, completely straight strands. This type is straight from root to tip. Typically, type 1A hair has little to no body and has a difficult time keeping a curl. This hair type is actually pretty rare.
Type 1B is not completely flat and has more body than its Type 1A counterpart. Most straight-haired women will fall into this hair type category. Type 1B is distinguished from 1A by its ability to hold a curl. The ends of Type 1B tend to curl under slightly versus them being completely straight.
Type 1C is generally straight, has body like 1B, and has a few waves hidden here and there. This hair type has stands that tend to be thick and coarse and has the ability to hold a curl. Type 1C can also have a perfectly tousled look when left to dry naturally.
Tips & Tricks for Our Straight Shooter
The biggest struggle of straight hair is that it tends to get greasy very quickly. The best way to combat that is to wash your hair more often and in between the days you wash your hair use a product like dry shampoo.
Recommended Products: Since this hair type does not have the most body, use volumizing shampoos and conditioners to give your straight hair a little more umph. You should steer away from products that are heavy so you do not give your hair more reason to produce grease.
Styling Tips: When styling your hair, (after its dry) you can put a little dry shampoo on your roots to soak up excess oil. You can also try using a texturizing product from root to tip to give your hair more volume.
Type 2 - Lax & Loose (Wavy)
Type 2 hair is our lax and loose hair type, also known as wavy hair. This hair type is naturally wavy and forms an “S” shape. Type 2 hair is not as oily as Type 1 because of the slight texture it has, but type 2 hair is not completely free from combating oil or dryness. Type 2 also tends to be thicker than Type 1 hair. Consider Type 2 as the happy medium between curls and straight hair.
Here are some celebrities that have the wavy hair type: Scarlett Johansson, Lorde, Kate Hudson
Type 2A hair has several loose, natural, beachy waves. This hair type has a slight bend that forms more of “C” shape when dry. Type 2A tends to be the least frizzy in
all the Type 2 hair categories. This hair type can be easily weighed down when you apply too much product.
Type 2B hair has waves that are clearly defined and tightly drawn, think of surfer curls. This hair type tends to be frizzer than Type 2A and the waves form an “S” shape when dry.
Type 2C hair has defined waves that start the roots and is thicker than the other subcategories. This hair type starts to form loose spiral curls and has that “S” shape. Type 2C tends to be the most prone to frizz of the Type 2 category.
Tips & Tricks for the Lax & Loose
With wavy hair, the biggest frustration is that it tends to frizz. To keep wavy hair at its best, you have to find the perfect balance between controlling frizz and not weighing down the natural curl your hair has. Essentially, you have to add moisture and volume all while keeping the waves. The key is not being heavy handed when applying products to your hair.
Recommended Products: Shoot for shampoos and conditioners specifically designed to hydrate and moisturize your hair. You can try using a moisturizing hair mask once a week to help lock in that hydration and reduce your frizz.
Styling Tips: The key to keeping your hair frizz free is to touch it as minimally as possible. When your hair is damp, you can apply a little styling mousse or cream from root to tip to keep that frizz away.
Type 3 - Stunningly Spirited (Curly)
Type 3 hair is naturally curly and the hair has a “S” shape. This hair type forms ringlets that are naturally defined. Type 3 tends to be dry due to its texture. The natural oils found in the scalp are not heavy enough to get to the end of the curl. Type 3 hair is usually fine and surprisingly easier to style than Type 2 hair.
Here are some celebrities that have the curly hair type: Alicia Keys, Shakira, Taylor Swift, Tia Mowry
Type 3A hair has loose Shirley Temple curls that have a silky texture. These curls are easily defined on their own without the use of a lot of product. Type 3A curls are the largest in diameter and sometimes have a mix of wavy pieces. This hair type has a thick texture with some shine but can be prone to a little bit of frizz.
￼Type 3B hair has curls that are springy and spiraled. This hair type has ringlets that are about the width of a marker. Type 3B is still pretty defined without product but can get pretty frizzy without a little bit of help from some type of product.
Type 3C has curls that are tighter and more coily than Type 3B. The curls of this hair type are thick and often have a lot of texture. The individual strands of Type 3C are packed closely together and are moderately defined. These corkscrew coils can range in size and are the most prone to frizz of the Type 3 category.
Tips & Tricks for the Stunningly Spirited
Curls and frizz are the furthest from friends, but the key is to keep your curls moisturized. The right shampoos and conditioners can hydrate your hair while mousses, creams, and jellies can be frizz control and define your curls.
Recommended Products: Look for curl enhancing leave-in conditioners and creams. You should also experiment with different products like mousse, hair oil, or curl jellies to define your curls and control your frizz. Once you find the perfect combo, your curls will be living lavish. Styling Tips: To embrace your curls apply light-weight products like a hair milk so you do not weigh your curls down. After applying your conditioner, use a wet brush (or a wide tooth comb) to detangle without destroying your precious curls. Style your hair when it is wet! Applying product when your hair is wet will make sure you lock in the moisture you hair needs.
Type 4 - Creative & Coily (Kinky/Coily)
Type 4 hair is coily and tightly curled without the defined ringlets that Type 3 has. Type 4 hair typically keeps the same shape whether it is wet or dry. This hair type tends to be dry because of the shape of individual hair strands. The textured hair stands do not allow the natural oils produced by the scalp go far down the hair shaft. This hair type has a problem with getting moisture to the scalp and maintaining shine.
Here are some celebrities that have the kinky/coily hair type: Janelle Monáe, Lupita Nyong'o, Solange Knowles, Macy Gray
￼Type 4A is a head full of mini curls. These ringlets can have a diameter that ranges between that of a pen coil to a pencil and they are springy in nature. This hair type can shrink down to less than half its length when its dry. Type 4A has the most defined curl pattern of the Type 4 category.
Type 4B hair has tighter curls with a crimpy pattern. This hair type takes on the shape of “Z” shaped kinks and “S” shaped coils (easiest to see when wet). To distinguish between Type 4B and Type 4C can be difficult, but Type 4B hair still is clearly defined in comparison to 4C. The roots of this hair type may not seem defined but the ends tend to have a clear curl pattern. m
Type 4C hair has a “Z” shaped pattern and tends to not be defined. This hair type is densely packed and has little definition and a lot more shrinkage. The texture of 4C hair ranges from fine to coarse.
Tips & Tricks for the Creative & Coily
Similar to curly hair, the kinky/coily hair type needs to fight off frizz and retain moisture. You really need to experiment with different products for kinky/coily hair because of its range of diversity from person to person.
Recommended Products: Start by finding a shampoo made specifically for curly hair and a moisturizing conditioner. Then start utilizing a deep conditioning mask almost as often as you wash your hair. You should also look into hair oils and creams to lock in moisture and to add definition to your curls.
Styling Tips: When you get out of the shower, you will want to towel-dry your hair (try a microfiber towel or a cotton t-shirt) to remove excess moisture. Towel-drying also reduces the risk of breakage and excessive dryness. After towel-drying, apply a leave-in conditioner and a styling cream to add moisture for a defined wash-and-go or two-strand twist.
Now I’ve Got My Hair Type
Alright, after this lengthy hair type lesson, we are sure you’ve found your place in the hair type world. Now you can go off and choose products that are right for you and your hair type. Knowing your hair type will make learning about hair more fun and personalized to you. Keep a lookout for different topics that are for your hair type because in those cases we will be speaking directly to you.
No matter you hair type, RevAir’s Reverse Air Dryer is designed for you. If you have any questions about your hair or our product, contact us today and a knowledgeable member of our team will be happy to help you.