All Hair Types

In the 90s, Andre Walker, one of the most talented hairstylists who worked with Oprah Winfrey and Halle Berry, came up with his hair typing system. It was created for his haircare line but quickly became widely popular. Andre Walker classifies not one or two but 9 different types of hair! And it’s time to find out which one of them is yours. The best way to do it is to wash your hair, comb it gently and let it dry naturally. But since you know your hair better than anybody else, you probably don’t need to do any of that. So in the Andre Walker hair typing system, everything comes down to how curly your hair is naturally. For more exciting stuff please subscribe to our Facebook Page.

  • Perfectly straight with no sign of curls? Then you’re Type 1.
  • Kinda wavy but nothing crazy? is Type 2.
  • Curly with a strong S-shaped curl pattern? Type 3.
  • And finally, tightly curled and “kinky” hair fall into the Type 4 category.



But wait, there’s more! Each of these types can be divided into 3 subtypes: A, B, and C. And here’s where the most interesting part starts:

Hair Types and Hair Textures

Type 1: Straight Hair

1A hair is usually not thick at all and extremely soft and fine. Its biggest advantage is that it naturally looks really shiny but its huge drawback is that it quickly becomes oily and dirty.

1B hair, on the other hand, is kinda thick and has great volume near the roots, so it looks way more full than 1A hair type.

And 1C hair is really thick and has impressive volume. However, it’s almost impossible to curl! This type is pretty common among Asian women.

Type 2: Wavy Hair

2A hair is right in between wavy and straight. Without any styling, it tends to form weak S-shaped strands, curling a bit at the ends. It reacts pretty well to styling; it’s not a problem to make it either super straight or really wavy.

2B hair has way more visible and prominent S-shaped curls. It can be slightly frizzy as well, adhering to the shape of your head.

Finally, 2C hair combines wavy and curly hair. It’s very frizzy, quickly curls up in humid environments, and has tons of volume and generally thicker waves.

Type 3: Curly Hair

Now let’s learn more about curly hair: 3A hair is shiny and great at taking any form you want it to. This type has a very definite S-shape which makes it appear full and healthy.

3B type has a smaller curl pattern than 3A, ranging from spiral-like curls to tight corkscrews. It also has a combination texture.

3C hair is actually thinner than 3A and 3B but its curls are smaller which makes it appear thicker. Plus, it’s very tight, almost to the point of being kinky.

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Type 4: Kinky Hair

4A hair has an S-shaped pattern if you stretch it, but usually, it’s just tight coils. It tends to be thin, brittle, and fragile.

4B hair bends with really sharp angles and often has a Z-shape and zigzag-like curls. Just like 4A, this type is pretty fragile as well.

4C type is the hardest to style and to take care of. It doesn’t have a definite curl pattern which makes it look awesome but extremely hard to comb. It also has the greatest shrinkage out of all the types. So, figured out your hair type yet?

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