Curly Hair Types

Hair Type Chart – What Hair Texture is Right for You?

Andre Walker Hair Typing System
Andre Walker Hair Typing System

Hair types and textures are most commonly defined based on the Andre Walker Hair Typing System which breaks hair into the 4 types seen in the image above:

  1. Straight Hair
  2. Wavy Hair
  3. Curly Hair
  4. Kinky Hair

When most people refer to curly hair, they are usually talking about 3 segments for both Type 3 and Type 4. However, Andre’s system only has two curly hair textures for Type 3 and Type 4.

Curly Hair Typing Chart Including 3C and 4C

Hair Typing Chart for Natural Hair

And if you learn more from video, check out this guide to finding your curl type.

Now that we are clear on what each hair texture looks like within Type 3 and Type 4, lets recap what we’ve learned.

Type 3 Hair

Type 3 hair ranges from tight, curly tendrils to light curls. It generally has a combination of different textures. Type 3 hair types are also defined as springy curls.

What Is 3A Hair?

Type 3A hair is very shiny and loose.

Singer Mya Type 3a Hair

What Is 3B Hair?

Type 3B hair has a medium amount curls, ranging from bouncy ringlets (spiral like curls of hair) to tight corkscrews (spiral-shaped corkscrew curls).

What Is 3C Hair?

Type 3C hair has been defined as tight curls or coils that look like corkscrews.

Type 4 Hair

Type 4 hair typically refers to kinky hair with tight coils (tightly curled hair). In many cases, Type 4 hair is also extremely wiry and fragile.

What Is 4A Hair?

Type 4A hair is full of tight coils. It has an “S” pattern when stretched, much like Type 3 curly hair.

What Is 4B Hair?

Type 4B hair has a less defined pattern of curls and looks more like a “Z” as the hair bends with very sharp angles.

What Is 4C Hair?

Type 4C hair is the kinkiest, most tightly coiled curl pattern. We also put together a post on the best 4c hairstyles for natural hair.

Frequently Asked Questions

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