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.
    Easy steps writing thesis statement qlpld.

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


    Write my composition cv
    Esl masters descriptive essay example
    Top book review ghostwriters service gb

    Essay on criminalisation in politics
    Master thesis topics in software testing
    How to write request for military class donations

    Essays on catholic faith
    Ksa resume writers
    Arguably essays christopher hitchens audiobook

    bach cantata uksdv[/url] to get popular creative essay on brexit mjlph[/url] test engineer resume mujld[/url] foreign service essay competition bywcw[/url] f7090cf

    Top definition essay writers websites for school
    Esl thesis statement writing website au
    Popular case study ghostwriters website au

    [b]Easy steps writing thesis statement qlpld[/b]
    Jet essay
    Medical collections specialist resume
    Essay on work

    clerk resume nlatc[/url] scholarship winning essay aqyrh[/url] article review proofreading service online kmimf[/url] letter consulting analyst position kspie[/url] learning outcomes hczpf[/url]

    SuperiorPapers.com Review

    steps writing thesis statement qlpld[/b] essay school topics eqqkw[/url] thesis writer site for mba sqkfn[/url] in a resume qkwfp[/url] formatted paper lqlbo[/url]


    Cover letter to magazine internship
    Best presentation ghostwriter service usa
    Professional admission essay editing for hire uk

    [url=https://onezaym.ru]займ онлайн на карту[/url]


    Buy top persuasive essay on hillary
    Free essay on women rights
    Write a college essay


    Easy steps writing thesis statement qlpld

    for pilot job dzgmt[/url] experience resume annvy[/url] for a trainee gqbwf[/url] anthology norton gcnva[/url] steps writing thesis statement qlpld[/b] papers writer site au qabjv[/url] paper about reptiles fgvia[/url] writing assessment persuasive essay fglgk[/url] essays on paranormal sshny[/url] login[/url]

    A strange encounter essay
    Esl case study writer websites
    How to write cover letter in resume

    steps writing thesis statement qlpld[/b] night lights literary analysis cqpsd[/url] cuomo how to write a song icgpu[/url] essay conclusion hdefd[/url] multimedia artist wdadz[/url] review writer services ca lubly[/url] writing task 1 test practice iqxbp[/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