If your hair isn’t naturally straight, it’s probably wavy, curly, kinky, or coily. It can even be a mixture of kinky and curly, or mostly coily with a curl thrown right in. To make your hair type search a little easier, here are five helpful websites (along with pictures) to help determine your hair type and curl pattern.
1. Andre Walker’s Hair Classification System – www.naturallycurly.com
NaturallyCurly.com introduces the Andre Walker Hair Classification Hair System. Hair types range from Type 2a-2c hair, Type 3a-3c hair, and Type 4a-4b hair. Special note: Type 3c hair was not in the original hair type system so members of NaturallyCurly hair forums decided to add this subtype, which falls between 3b and 4a, because of its own special characteristics.
2. Fia’s Hair Typing System – talk.blackhairmedia.com
Fia’s Hair Typing System uses three classifiers. The first classifier determines your curl pattern (or lack of) by using the Andre Walker Hair Classification System (including type 3c). The second classifier determines what (most of) your individual hair strands look like. This ranges from fine, medium, and coarse. The third classifier determines the overall volume of your hair. The volume of your hair can range from thin (i), normal (ii), or thick (ii).
3. LOIS Hair Typing Method – www.nappturality.com
The LOIS Hair Typing Method uses three characteristics to determine your hair type: pattern, strand size, and texture. The acronym LOIS describes the overall hair pattern and the letters represent: L=Bend, O=Curl, I=Straight, and S=Wave. Strand size is determined by being thick, medium, or thin. Hair texture is described as thready, wiry, cottony, spongy, silky, shine, or sheen.
4. MIZANI Natural Curl Key™ – www.mizani-usa.com
MIZANI, a division of L’Oréal USA, has created the MIZANI Natural Curl Key™ as an easy-to-use reference guide mainly for professional stylist to use when identifying “the hair type of any client and determin[ing] its key characteristics and special needs.” However, anyone one can use the reference guide to get an idea of what their hair type may be according to MIZANI. Hair types range from Type I (straight to minimal wave) to Type VIII (zigzag coiled).
5. Blended Beauty Curly Hair Types Chart – www.blendedbeauty.com
Blended Beauty Curly Hair Types Chart was developed to use in conjunction with the company’s hair care products. However, it is a great, simple, yet straightforward guide to use when determining you curl pattern. The five curls types are: BB1-Big Curls and Waves, BB2-Cupid Curls, BB3-Spiral Curls, BB4-Corkscrew Curls, and BB5-Afro Curls. The noncurly hair types are Relaxed Hair, Twists & Locs, and The Exception.
In summary, all of these websites can be quite helpful in determining your hair type and curl pattern. These websites prove that curls of varying degrees do exist and everyone’s hair texture and curl is unique to that particular individual.