Typing Natural Hair Texture
Typing the natural hair texture can be a process that may seem very difficult and stressful. Though it may seem complex, the hair typing system may prove to be very helpful in one’s hair care journey. I can tell what my natural hair texture is when I wet the hair and let it dry product free. When you have conditioner and other products in the hair, it may alter the curl pattern a bit. The product could define the curl, shrink it, stretch it, etc.; therefore, we have to look at our hair – product free.
Wash your hair with a sulfate free shampoo and let it air dry, as blow drying it will distort your curl pattern as well. Do not apply conditioner to it. Then assess what kind of curls you have. There is a standard guide to hair types that is used among many women (found in this bhp forum thread), then there are some extra types that have been expanded. Remember, your hair may be composed of multiple types and textures. Everyone’s head of hair is different.
The hair typing process can get to be quite confusing, so just try to keep the process as simple as possible. Do not get discouraged, but use the hair typing guide to help you further understand the dynamics of your hair. Relaxed ladies will not really be able to tell what the natural hair texture is just by basing it off of the new growth alone; while transitioners will be able to get a sneak preview of their coils and curl patterns to come. Naturals, have fun typing that lovely hair! I hope this helps! Happy healthy hair typing.Show
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