What's your Hair Type? HSI Explores Different Types of Hair and your Straightening Experience

by HSI Professional | Apr 10 2017

Did you know that everyone has a different type of hair? That’s right, even you. It might be hard to believe, but HSI Professional has seen a LOT of different hair types, some of which are downright difficult to work with. Before you lose all hope in your hair, however, it is important for you to realize that while there are different types, all of them can be worked with.

To be perfectly honest, your first, and To be perfectly honest, your first, and probably most important step is going to be figuring out what your hair type is, and to do that, you need to know what they are. Today we’re going to cover four different types of hair, each of which you’ve likely seen at some point

Hair Type

Type 1 Hair

Type 1 is the naturally straight hair that nearly everyone covets. This type of hair is usually much more oily due to the lack of a curl pattern. You see, the natural oils from the scalp have an easier time reaching the rest of the hair die to not having to traverse a curl. There are a few subcategories to this type of hair that you will need to know about, which of course include:

1a – Completely flat, nobody, and will not hold a curl. You typically see this on Asian women, and it is, in fact, one of the rarest hair types. 1

b – More body than the first, and it’s not totally flat. Most women who have straight hair fit into the 1b category and it will definitely hold a curl.

1c – This variant can be straight, but it does have a body, and a few slight bends here and there.

Type 2 Hair

Type 2 is naturally wavy, with the strands actually forming an S shape. The 2 hair is less oily due to the natural curl. As with Type 1 hair, it is split into several categories:

2a – This type has natural waves across the head, and it isn’t nearly as frizzy as some of the hair in the Type 1 category. Remember: 2a can become very heavy if you apply too much product.

2b – Wavy, and a more clearly defined. The one disadvantage here is that 2b hair stays close to the head and doesn’t really proof or assume more volume.

2c – Finally, you have tightly drawn waves that actually start to curl around themselves. In the 2c category, this is the frizziest of all.

Type 3 Hair

When people talk about naturally curly hair, Type 3 is exactly what they’re thinking of. In type 3, the hairs formed from ringlets that are not brought about by styling equipment. Natural oils do not find their way past the scalp, and once again, there are three different types:

3a – Do you remember Shirley Temple? She had type 3a hair, and just like her, those with 3a hair will be able to maintain that style without much help.

3b – The curls in this type are a bit more springy, and this is something that you are going to see for most African Americans. The hair does become extremely frizzy unless you were able to use gel or hair creams to keep it under control.

3c – The curls are more tightly drawn and close together – oftentimes this is referred to as clumping, and will require quite a bit more styling to keep under control.

Type 4 Hair

Type 4 features a much tighter ringlet than type 3 and one of the most interesting features about it, is that it holds the exact same shape whether it is wet or dry. The hair texture will not allow the natural oils to pass more than an inch or two down the shaft, which isn’t far, considering how densely packed the curls are.

4a – Here the hair is tight and forms perfect cylindrical curls. They are about the width of a pencil and can be very springy.

4b – This one seems much like 4a but the hair is more crimped. It can be hard to tell the difference unless you look closely.

4c – Easily identifiable by the zigzag pattern that makes other sections seem undefinable. The texture of the hair changes greatly between individuals – from extremely fine to extremely coarse.

These are the four types that HSI professional sees on a regular basis – which one are you? The type of hair you have will easily determine your ability to use a flat iron effectively, so make sure you speak to your hair stylist and figure out what’s going to work best for you.


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