What's my Type? Part One

Click here to skip Part One and head over to Part Two!


One of the most frequent questions that I get asked over email and DM is "What's my hair type?" Hair typing is one of the most complicated and misunderstood concepts in the natural and curly hair communities. I'm going to attempt to break it down for you in these next two blog posts. This first post will focus on the different aspects of curly hair typing. The second post will help you choose products that work for your specific hair type. Ready to get started? Let's go! 

There are 4 components that make up your hair type:

  • Texture
  • Porosity
  • Density
  • Diameter


Credit: Healthline.com

The most commonly known facet of hair typing is its Texture. This basically refers to the natural shape or pattern of your strands. This system was created by Andre Walker and is widely recognized throughout the industry.  If you’re unsure about which category you fall into, leave your hair free of products and let it air dry the next time you wash your hair. If it dries straight without a bend or curl, then your hair is straight (type 1). If it dries with a slight curve or “S” shape, then it is considered wavy (type 2). If it dries with a defined curl or loop pattern, it’s likely curly (type 3) while tight curls, spirals, or zig-zag patterns are considered coily or kinky (type 4). (Credit: functionofbeauty.com)


In a nutshell, Porosity is your hair's ability to retain moisture. High porosity hair has raised cuticles and absorbs moisture easily where low porosity hair has closed cuticles and need more coaxing in order for moisture to be absorbed. Since I've already written a pretty extensive post about this, I'll just link it here. Just come on back when you're done reading!


The 3rd component of hair typing is density. Simply put, hair density is the number of individual strands per square inch on your scalp or how thick or thin a collective group of hairs is. You can have high, medium or low density hair. To determine your hair's density, tie your hair back and measure the circumference of your ponytail. If it’s less than two inches, you have low density hair, if it’s two to three inches, you have medium density hair and if it’s four or more inches thick in circumference, you have high density hair. If your hair isn't long enough to pull back into a pony, just take a closer look at your scalp. If you can easily see it without touching or moving your hair around, you likely have low density hair. If your scalp is somewhat visible from the top of your head, then you have medium density hair. And if your scalp is barely visible then you have high density hair. (Credit: purewow.com)  


The final component of your hair type is its diameter. This refers to the actual thickness of the individual hair strands on your head. Generally, your hair can fall into three categories: fine, medium, and coarse. An easy way to tell which category your hair falls into is to take a single strand and lay it down on a plain, flat surface. Next, cut a piece of sewing thread about six inches long (choose a similar color to your hair if you can) and place it next to your strand of hair. If your hair appears thinner than the sewing thread,  your hair is fine, while if it seems thicker, it’s likely coarse. Anything in between them would be medium. (Credit: functionofbeauty.com)

The geek in me wanted to put together a matrix to show you all the permutations possible when you consider hair texture, porosity, density and diameter but doing it was giving me a headache! The point is, there a quite a few combinations - even if you have the same hair texture, porosity AND density as someone else, if your strands are fine and theirs are coarse...BAM! Different products might work for each of you! 

We'll explore this more in the next blog post. In the meantime, take a few minutes and determine your COMPLETE hair type to prepare!


Update: Part Two is up! Click here to keep reading!




Your comment was posted successfully. We will publish it in a little while, as our blog is moderated.

  • studybayws


    Save your time and get your essay written by a professional writer.
    We can cover any topic on any subject in the blink of an eye.
    Design section research proposal urenf.

    Order NOW!!! ==> https://essaypro.co


    Hardest part of a business plan
    Quotations in mla essay
    Thesis presentation examples ppt

    Buy esl definition essay on presidential elections
    Best assignment writing websites usa
    How to write short stories in essays

    Esl homework ghostwriter sites usa
    Cheap rhetorical analysis essay ghostwriting services uk
    Expository report thesis fifth grade

    my medicine biography qqioi[/url] to write invitation letter visa asgmc[/url] write resume free oaqtp[/url] cover letter editing sites gb ruzgq[/url] 312533_

    Fresher software testing resume format
    Why should homework not be banned
    Free powerpoint presentation

    [b]Design section research proposal urenf[/b]
    Essay about mamallapuram
    Business plan creation
    How to come up with a thesis

    designer and 203 and resume wwpfj[/url] extended essay topic ideas[/url] jackson turner’s frontier thesis ajpkw[/url] - essays on characters edkpe[/url] plan pulmonary rehabilitation program vsiek[/url]

    EssayVikings.com Review

    section research proposal urenf[/b] descriptive essay on donald trump fkyzs[/url] font to thesis sans pyfiw[/url] college masters essay examples xmsem[/url] improvement business plan examples ljatt[/url]


    Sample of comprehensive resume pdf
    Nurse sample resume philippines
    Bay of pigs invasion essay topics

    [url=https://cabinet-bank.ru.com/robot-zaymer-lichnyy-kabinet-vhod-registraciya-vosstanovlenie-parolya]робот займер личный кабинет[/url]
    [url=http://xn——htbcnhwhkni.xn—p1ai/]топ банков по кредитам[/url]


    How do u make a resume
    Resume for a teacher with no experience
    Chromium bioremediation + thesis


    Design section research proposal urenf

    book review ghostwriter websites gb byboq[/url] bibliography writer site online[/url] financial analyst resume example vozrz[/url] history coursework mark scheme xfnmg[/url] section research proposal urenf[/b] mass media essay vekah[/url] to write a biography elementary school rneaa[/url] junior rivers homework smccr[/url] essay ghostwriter websites qwvmg[/url]

    Cover letter memorable
    Wilson essay and general literature index
    Phd admission essays

    section research proposal urenf[/b] writing resume sample ijxva[/url] to write covalent formulas ukjee[/url] custom essay writing site nrggz[/url] resume template for sales manager wezfs[/url] for my trigonometry admission essay iszbd[/url] is a passing sat essay score leurr[/url]
  • Heather L Clancy

    For the record, there are 270 possible combinations of curl characteristics: 10 types x 3 porosities x 3 densities x 3 textures. Pretty wild!

  • Carla REnn

    I am a 3bc, low, medium, & medium. I have white, gray, and natural dark brown. Some hairs can be straight and stick out. My hair gets bigger every day until I wet it down and recondition and style.

  • Nancy Weiss

    I purchased from you simply because you have a great reputation with highly recommended products. The fact you’re a woman-owned small business was a bonus! Moving is so hard, and I hope that it went smoothly for you. I’m glad that BLM helped you boost sales, but your products really speak for themselves. Keep up the great work!

  • Stephanie Burton

    Wow! This is so helpful. Thanks!


  • KellyGinSEA

    This is soooo helpful! 2B, high porosity, high density, medium/coarse!

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published