Hair Typing: The Importance and Differences between Textures
Whether you are just starting out as a natural or someone with experience, there’s so much information to take in. As discussed in previous blogs, some of these things are actually necessary - while others are just matters of opinion. Hair typing is a subject that fits somewhere in between. Hair typing is essentially a classification system of the various and diverse hair types we have as people across humanity’s spectrum. While it starts from 1A and ends at 4C, it is important to note that this chart is not hierarchical, and that all hair types are beautiful and unique! This is not a good vs. bad binary.
This type of system can be beneficial in a lot of ways. For one, knowing your hair type can help you find better products for your hair specifically that you may not have known previously. Secondly, knowing your hair type can help you with appropriate styles and regimens that you may have had difficulty deciding on before. Another thing to keep in mind is that there are some differences associating with caring for certain types of hair vs. others, but most things are universal to us all - like moisture being the key to retention and growth. Hair is still hair, ultimately!
While hair typing can be an important component in creating a healthy hair regimen, it is not a major factor or concern in our hair health. It is important to give your hair what it needs regardless of type - hair typing may help you figure what those things are, but try not to obsess over the differences. Don’t think of hair typing as a limitation, but a guide that you can choose to follow fully or not. Some products may work on you, but not on someone else of the same hair type. Why? Because hair is diverse! It is also common for us to have more than one texture represented in your hair. For example, I am a 3C, 4A, 4B combination, full of tight coils, zig zags and corkscrews. The front of my head needs a little different care than the back. No two heads are alike, even in the same family! Allow yourself to figure it out. Taking care of your hair is full of experiments and trial and error.
Since Nuele is a product best used on Type 2 to Type 4 hair, we will be focusing on hair types that can handle concentrated oils without feeling heavy.
Type 2 Wavy Hair
-Type 2B hair has loose waves.
-Type 2C hair has more coarseness, but still wavy.
Type 3 Curly Hair
-Type 3A hair is full of loose curls.
-Type 3B hair has a medium amount curls, with a variation of spirals and corkscrew curls.
- Type 3C hair has tight corkscrew curls or coils.
Type 4 Coily Hair
- Type 4A has very tight coils. These curls are shaped like S’s similar to type 3 curly hair.
-Type 4B hair has less defined curls. These curls are shaped like Z’s - strands zig and zag.
- Type 4C hair has the least amount of definition of curls, but is full of texture. This type has a lot of problems with shrinkage.
How can you tell your hair type? Consider just spending some time in the mirror an exampling the shapes and directions of your curls. There are several suggested hair typing tests online for free on youtube for you to try.
Nuele is an amazing serum because it can benefit wavy to kinky curl types without much altering. If your hair is wavier or has looser curls we recommend using 2-4 pumps in your bottle and no more than that! If your hair curlier, kinkier, or has a hard time retaining moisture make sure to use Nuele more liberally. It’s best to use less than more, because a little goes along way with the highly concentrated formula!