Types Of Hair: Andre Walker System
Hey You Guys! Now, in my article here, I said I would do an article on my hair routine. Before that, I want to let you guys know about various types of hair, why they’re different, and how to deal with each type.
The hair type classification system I’ll be referring to is the Andre Walker system. No, you don’t need to open a new tab and start typing “Andre Walker system” in the search box. I’ll tell you what you need to know.
These are the types of hair:
- Type 1.
- Type 2a, 2b, 2c.
- Type 3a, 3b, 3c.
- Type 4a, 4b.
Okay, I agree this sounds like exactly the thing we all are so glad to get away from after high school, but I promise it isn’t that bad. In fact, once you identify your hair type, it becomes second nature to you to talk about the various types.
This type refers to straight hair. Stick-straight. Poker straight. Iron-rod straight. Call it what you will, it is a line. A line segment, really. I’m sure you get it by now. If you have type 1 hair, then this article is not for you. Not to say, you can’t continue reading! :toothygrin:
Type 2 refers to wavy hair. This is a very common type of hair the world over. If you look at the picture above, you can see the difference in the tightness of the curl pattern. Type 2a has a very loose ‘S’ pattern. Type 2b has the ‘S’ more closely formed. Type 2c has the ‘S’ pretty defined.
Type 2a: This hair is fine and is easier to handle. Can be easily styled as well.
Type 2b: This hair is a bit rougher, and needs more effort to style. It also tends to frizz.
Type 2c: This hair is not as smooth as type 2b. It takes even more effort to style, and frizzes easily without the right handling and/or products.
What To Do If You Have Type 2 Hair:
• Don’t use products that will weigh your hair down. This type of hair has a tendency to go limp and flat very easily, and it needs help with the voluminizing part of it all.
• Don’t ever brush or comb your hair when it’s dry. If it is a bit too limp, then gently separate it with your fingers, making sure to not disturb the curl pattern too much.
• If your hair is still limp, then use product only on the length and the ends of your hair, but not on the roots. This will help the roots to get a fuller look, thus creating the illusion of volume.
This hair is curly hair.
Type 3 hair is actual curly hair. Definite curls are visible (not waves like in type 2 hair), and it is usually very voluminous. It may look like it’s rough and coarse, but it is actually very soft and smooth.
This hair shows defined curls, but is looser than type 3b. In the picture above, the front hair is actually styled using doodles, and that’s why it is so tight. Take a look at the rest of her hair (eg., the hair at the neck on her left side) to see what I’m talking about.
Tighter curls than type 3a. Focus on the curl that falls on her left hand. That’s what I’m talking about.
Actually, this type is a mere cross of type 3b and type 4 hair. It is not kinky even though it may look so, and there is a tighter looping pattern. Also, it tends to stand upward when compared to type 3a and type 3b hair.
I couldn’t find better pictures, so we’ll have to make do with these. In order to properly see the difference between the various curl patterns, you need pictures with all the models sporting the same length of hair, especially if you’re a newbie to the whole thing. Still, these are pretty good indicators of what I’m trying to say here.
Type 3 hair is generally very “springy.” It does give off those unmistakeable vibes that say “Pull me! Bring me up and down! Now!!!” If you pull on a coil of type 3 hair, it will spring back into place. Pretty cool huh?
What I do, having Type 3 hair myself? My hair routine article coming up!
This is kinky hair.
This hair is very wiry, very tightly coiled and very fragile. It is more prone to damage from styling, brushing, combing, blow-drying, flat-ironing, you name it.
It has an S pattern when stretched out and held, just like Type 3 hair.
It has a ‘Z’ pattern; i.e. the hair bends at sharp angles and not in gentle curves.
Type 4 hair has the amazing ability to feel like cotton candy :love: :love: :love: !!! This kind of hair needs more moisture than other types, and will benefit from regular deep conditioning treatments.
Now how do you find out which type you are?
No, don’t tell me because you got a perm yesterday and you hair looks like Taylor Swift’s now, you have Type 2 hair. This is what you should do to determine your natural hair type, because that’s what you’ll need to go by:
1. After a shower (with or without conditioner being used, it doesn’t really matter), comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb. Comb it fully, thoroughly, absolutely.
2. Let your hair AIR DRY. Don’t use a blow-dryer (with or without diffuser, I don’t care) or a towel to rub your hair (and by the way, never rub your hair with a towel. Merely was for explanatory purposes :tongue: ) Just let it be as it is.
3. Now, you’ll notice as it dries, that your hair does either one of these things – it springs up into coils, it just stays put, or it forms into nice waves.
4. You’re left with almost dry hair now, aren’t you? Now go ahead, and read the types again, and figure out what your hair type is.
1. The longer the hair is, the more weight it has, so the more it is weighed down. Thus, as your hair grows, the curl pattern can appear looser and can start to fall downward, even if it used to stay upward when it was shorter.
2. Not everyone has only one sub-type of hair. In fact, very few people have solely one sub-type of hair on their heads. Most people have a mix of Type 2 and Type 3, and there is the occasional mix of Type 3 and Type 4 and did I mention it is possible to have Type 2, Type 3 and Type 4 hair all on the same head?
3. It’s a common misconception that hair type depends upon race. This is not true. Both, whites and blacks alike can have Type 4 hair. Also, Indians have all types of hair, right from Type 1, all the way to Type 4. For instance, I’m Indian, of Portuguese descent, and I have Type 3/Type 4 hair.
My Hair Type:
Now, my hair is naturally and majorly Type 3c. However, I do have certain areas of my head where it is Type 4. There is no Type 2 hair on my head, though. The back of my head has a mix of Type 3b and Type 3c, and the rest of my head is pure 3c. Of course, I can loosen my curl pattern and/or tighten it at will, using varied methods.
To see my hair, take a look at my other article (the link is posted above).
I hope you guys found this post informative. I’m working on my hair routine article currently, which is going a tad slow (due to my inability to be home at normal time, which in turn is due to my various commitments, both work-related and personal). I’ll finish it as soon as I can, and will send it in then.
I cannot just jump into my hair routine article without first explaining various intricacies in relation to it; hence this article.
Take care you guys, and much love!
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