Andre Walker, the hairstylist to the Queen of TV: Oprah Winfrey, created the hair typing system (AKA the hair typing chart) most Naturalistas use to define their hair type. It breaks the different textures into 4 types (1 through 4) and then breaks those types into 3 additional sub categories (A through C). It’s simple science, right? That always works.
The natural hair chart doesn’t actually work for my natural hair.
I think for a new natural, this chart could be helpful as a starting part to determine which products to use for her hair texture. I realize that there are SO many natural products out there, that it can be a little overwhelming to know where to even start experimenting . However, for a natural that have developed at least a small amount of understanding around the porosity of her hair or have who are just really observant of how different products effect the look of their hair – like ME, this chart really doesn’t help at all.
Most Naturalistas Have at Least Two Different Hair Textures
Most Naturalistas learn very early on that they have at least two different textures of hair on their head, and this chart does not even address this variance. So, you if you rely on the chart you could end up drying out one part of your hair while maintaining a great curl pattern in another. And that’ll never work.
The natural hair chart doesn’t include all the curl patterns or reference porosity
Then, if you check out other naturals the way I do, you have noticed that there are far more than three different sub-categories of curl patterns. A, B, and C just won’t cut it. So, the natural hair chart is a great starting point to begin understanding the complexity of natural hair, but it just isn’t a reliable tool to base a decision around investing in natural hair products on.
Supposedly knowing your hair type will enable you to choose more suitable products and will help provide you with guidance for how you should care for your hair. OK. Sure. Right.
The most helpful natural hair charts I’ve found
And the term “helpful” Is more of a compliment than my actual opinion on the usefulness of any of these charts.