What is your curl pattern?

Springtime is right around the corner…and you know what that means? The hair care products you’ve used to add moisture for the Winter might not be suitable for the beautiful weather to come. Some of you Hair Care Product Junkies 

 know that one of the keys to a healthy hair care regimen is switching out a few hair care products as we leave Winter behind and head into Spring. One effective way is determining your natural hair curl pattern. Your natural curl pattern involves the shape and texture of your hair strands. The most widely used classification system for hair curl patterns is the Andre Walker Hair Typing System. Andre Walker is a hairstylist from the United States who has won seven Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for his work on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is best known for being the personal hairstylist of Oprah Winfrey and for creating Halle Berry’s signature short pixie haircut back in the day! The Hair Typing System is still relevant today as it categorizes hair into four main types (1 through 4) and then breaks down each type into subcategories (A, B, and C). No matter what method you choose, the key to success is the food and drink you consume and finding the best hair care products that work best for you. Here’s a brief overview:

Type 1 – Straight Hair:
1A: Fine and Thin
1B: Medium
1C: Coarse

Type 2 – Wavy Hair:
2A: Loose waves
2B: Slight waves with a more defined S shape
2C: Waves that tend to form a distinct S pattern

Type 3 – Curly Hair:
3A: Loose curls
3B: Bouncy ringlets
3C: Tight corkscrew curls

Type 4 – Coily/Kinky Hair:
4A: S-shaped coils
4B: Z-shaped coils
4C: Tightly coiled with minimal definition when stretched

Wanna know how to determine your curl pattern? Try this:
Wash & Condition Your Hair:
Begin with clean and conditioned hair to see its natural texture without any product buildup.

Examine Wet Hair:
Allow your hair to air-dry or gently pat it dry with a microfiber towel. Observe the natural curl pattern as it dries. Once your hair is completely dry, examine the curl pattern without any styling products. Your natural curl pattern may be more apparent when your hair is dry.

Contrast to Hair Typing System:
Compare your curl pattern to the Andre Walker Hair Typing System to identify which category and subcategory best describe your hair.

Other Considerations:
In addition to the curl pattern, consider other factors like hair density, porosity, and thickness, as they also contribute to your overall hair type(s).

Remember that many people have a combination of curl patterns on their head, and hair can change due to factors like weather fluctuations, seasonal transitions, hormones, and hair care practices. The curl pattern classification is a general guideline, and your hair may not fit perfectly into one category.

Embrace the uniqueness and beauty of your hair! Check out this chart!