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The most important thing everybody should know about their hair is the texture pattern. Oprah's hairstylist, Andre Walker, came up with a description for the differing hair textures of humanity, from 1 - 4. Each number has a subset from a - c. So for example, somebody could be 2c. Or sometimes what commonly happens, is that a person fall in between two different hair types, for example: 2b/c.

Straight Hair (going clockwise, a to c)







1a - Absolutely stick straight without deviation (Rare. Most "stick straight" people are actually 1b.)1b - Straight but less severe than stick straight. Hair does not look wavy at all.

1c - Straight with body wave and one or two visible S-waves (e.g. nape of neck or temples)

Wavy Hair (going clockwise, a to c) 










2a - Loose, stretched out S-waves throughout the hair2b - Shorter, more distinct S-waves (similar to waves from braiding damp hair)

2c - Distinct S-waves and the odd spiral curl forming here and there

Curly Hair (going clockwise, a to c) 









3a - Big, loose spiral curls3b - Bouncy ringlets

3c - Tight corkscrews

Kinky Hair (left to right, a and b) 




No suitable 4c photo

4a - Tightly coiled S-curls

/ringlets 4b - Tightly coiled with less distinctive S-curl/ringlets

4c - Tightly crimped pattern with a more z-shaped bend (Rare. Most people who think they are 4c are actually 4b or 4b/c at most.)

 
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Thanks for posting!
My hair type would be 2c - Distinct S-waves and the odd spiral curl forming here and there


 
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I'm between 3b and 3c naturally... With a relaxer, I'm between 1b and 1c.

 
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I'm a 1b - Straight but less severe than stick straight. Hair does not look wavy at all.

 
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I´m a 1C. Too bad my hair doesn´t look as good as Rachael Bilson´s!

 
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Im glad you posted this cuz ive always wondered what people meant when they said 1b or 3a or whatever. im a 1c. I think a 2c is pretty

 

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I am almost a solid 3c, with some 4a at the crown. So I'm 3c/4a.

I do not use a traditional relaxer, but I do loosen my curls with a texturizer, so it becomes like a 3a type right after washing.

 

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Originally Posted by luxotika /img/forum/go_quote.gif I am a 1a, which you say is a 1b. Stick straight hair. If you say you are a true 1a, then I am inclined to believe it. A person knows their own hair best.
 
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The reason I say 1a is because I can't even curl my hair. I could spend an hour curling it and it won't curl. If it does, it will get a small "kink" in it, then fall out in about 10 minutes. So if I wanted curly or wavy, I would have to wear a wig!

 
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Thanks for posting! I looked for one of these charts when I made the post about my daughters hair, but couldnt find a decent one! I am a 3c, my baby is a 4a.

 

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Originally Posted by MACmaniac /img/forum/go_quote.gif Thanks for posting! I looked for one of these charts when I made the post about my daughters hair, but couldnt find a decent one! I am a 3c, my baby is a 4a. Yeah, I was looking for a chart like this too. And when I couldn't find it, I compiled some Googled pictures and made this chart myself. I kinda like this system, it is more universally understood.
 
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