|Types of Hair Men & Women|
Types of HairThere are two popular systems for determining your hair type.
- Andre Walker system
- L.O.I.S system
Andre Walker Hair Typing SystemThe Andre Walker Hair Typing System is a classification system for hair types formed by Oprah Winfrey's stylist Andre Walker in the year 1990.
The system is split into four types with subtypes labelled A, B and C.
- Straight Hair Type (Type 1)
- Wavy Hair Type (Type 2)
- Curly Hair Type (Type 3)
- Kinky Hair Type (Type 4)
|Andre Walker Hair Typing System|
Type 1Type 1 hair is straight with no curl or wave pattern. This hair does to be shiny. Type 1 hair is completely straight and is completely flat with no volume.
Type 2aType 2a hair is a cross between straight & wavy hair. This type is usually called the “S” wave type of hair. This type of hair manages to shine.
Type 2bType 2b hair also forms a letter like “S” wave or curl. This type of hair has a tendency to frizz as well as is resistant to styling.
Type 2cType 2c hair is denser and has more curls than actual waves. It has a coarse texture, is frizzy and is difficult to style.
Type 3aType 3a hair is well defined, shiny and springy. The hair curls are big and loose. This hair can also be straightened.
Type 3bType 3b hair is also well-defined and springy. This hair texture is coarse but the hair can be straightened, but it can be difficult.
Type 3cType 3c hair has tight curls in the shape like corkscrews. The hair curls can either be kinky or tightly curled, with strands of hair packed densely together.
Type 4aType 4a hair is when hair starts to get wiry. This hair has a specific curl pattern, with strands densely packed together.
Type 4bType 4b hair has a less defined pattern. It instead has a letter like “Z” pattern. Instead of coiling and curling, the hair bends at sharp angles like the letter “Z”. This type of hair feels cotton when touched.
Type 4cType 4c hair can vary from super fine to wiry and course. This hair is densely packed together with strands. It has been said that 4c hair does similar to 4b hair.
L.O.I.S Hair Typing SystemThe second hair typing system is the L.O.I.S hair typing system which is simpler than the Andre Walker system.
L.O.I.S system classifies hair based curl pattern of hair.
- L- Hair has a sharp angle zig-zag bends.
- O- Hair curls on itself into circles.
- I- Hair lies flat with no discernible curl pattern.
- S- Hair has a wavy pattern.
|L.O.I.S hair typing system|
L.O.I.S system classifies hair based texture of hair.
Thready hair has a low softly but high shine when straight and doesn’t really frizz. This type of hair quickly gets wet and dry.
Wiry hair has a high softly, low shine and low frizz. This type of hair reflects water so never seems to be fully wet when washing.
Cottony hair has a low softly but high shine when straight and easily gets frizzy. It absorbs water quickly but because the water goes into the strand it doesn’t seem to get wet quickly.
Spongy hair has a high softly but low shine and frizzes in parts (so when you twist it over the week it will frizz but stay in sections). The strands absorb water before becoming thoroughly wet.
Silky hair has a low softly and very high shine. The frizz varies from high to low and it easily gets wet.
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