Hello again! With this article here today we will be covering the in's and out's of the natural hair type chart. By simply walking down the high street you will be confronted with hundreds and hundreds of different hairstyles and different hair types.
We are all individual in our personality and our look ( well at least we all try to be anyway! ). Can you imagine how difficult this must be for for a qualified stylist....I've often wondered how they cope and how they keep up with the different trends!
I decided to create an article around the natural hair type chart today due to a friend of mine's struggle to find something she deemed 'suitable' for her hair type. She is a little younger than me and her parents were originally Nigerian and she felt she had a constant battle going on with her mop!
The Natural Hair Type Chart
I decided to do a little research with her and contacted a few of the contributors to this site for information. All had their own opinions and suggestions on which route she should take and a couple mentioned if she had type 3b hair or above.
Not wanting to sound a little stupid I played along with this for a bit and answered yes - this was my first real encounter with the natural hair type chart ( illustrated at the top of this article! ).
I came clean in the end and let's be honest here - I pretty much had to! After a few giggles and back handed comments one of the girls directed me to a few sites where I could familiarize myself with the whole natural hair type chart system.
Where Did it Come From?
This widely used hair classification system was originally put together and designed by no other than Oprah Winfrey’s hair stylist - Andre Walker. I am reliably informed ( although I was a little confused at first! ) that Andre Walker is is actually male and he wrote a book surrounding the natural hair type chart.
It's a simply laid out chart that basically classifies the common hair textures. As it turned out the friend in question was actually a 3b type hair texture on this chart and knowing this she was able to gather some really handy and creative style options for her hair!
As you can see from the natural hair type chart it ranges from 1a to 4c and the hair types drastically change along the way. 1a is set to cover very soft and shiny hair that will not really hold any sort of curl shape whilst 4c is a really tightly knitted and kinked hair type.
Anyway we thought we better include a post covering this subject as knowing your hair texture on the natural hair type chart will increase your choices when it comes to styling. So pick your hair texture rating and let your stylist get creative......