When it comes to hair, there is more than just curly or straight. Straight hair can be baby-fine or thick or coarse. Within the realm of curly hair, you can have Goldilocks-style ringlets, tight spirals, tiny kinks, or anything in between.

As a natural hair salon, we see men and women all the time who think that their natural hair can’t do this or that, or that they are confined to one style or one look. But this simply isn’t true! Our goal at Natural Strands is to help you understand and love the natural texture of your hair. The biggest thing to remember about curly and kinky hair is that it requires different care than our straight-haired counterparts. But unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about caring for natural hair, and you really need a hair stylist who understands your hair and knows how to get you the style you want without damaging it. By understanding the type of hair you have, you can learn more about how to take care of it.

There are four classified hair types. Type 1, 2, 3, and 4. Each of these are then divided into three subtypes: 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, and so forth. Understanding what your hair type is is just as important as understanding your undertones in your skin. If you have warm undertones, you might feel like you look ‘off’ in a blue shirt, so you can know to stick to warm colors that flatter your skin. If your hair isn’t cooperating, it’s not because your hair hates you. It’s because you might be trying to style in a way that doesn’t work for your hair type. Keep reading below to learn about the four hair types!

Type 1: Straight Hair

The first type of hair is straight hair. Because we’re a natural hair salon, we rarely see women or men come in with type 1 hair. Type 1A hair is baby-fine and pin-straight, and this type of hair essentially refuse to be styled regardless of the amount of heat or product you use. Type 1B hair is a little thicker than 1A, and might even have a little bend at the end of the strands. Lastly, Type 1C hair is thick, prone to frizziness, and might have just the slightest hint of a wave. This type of hair is very receptive to heat styling and can hold a curl all day.

Type 2: Wavy Hair

Type 2 hair begins to show some texture, but is still just a little wavy without defined curls. Type 2A is your typical not-straight, not-curly hair – think beachy waves. Type 2B begins to look a little bit more like there are defined curls, but it’s still debatable. And type 2C hair has clearly defined waves throughout, and thrives on moisture. Once you get into this type of hair, finger styling is your friend, as contact with a full brush can lead to major frizz.

Type 3: Curly Hair

The third type of hair is curly hair. This hair has a true S-shaped curl pattern, is prone to frizziness during humid weather, and prone to damage because it is naturally drier than straight or wavy hair. Type 3A results in the largest curls of this category. Unlike type 2 hair, there’s no doubt that type 3A hair is actually curly, and not simply very wavy. Type 3A curls fall in loose spirals and remain relatively springy. Type 3B hair falls in natural spirals, and while curlier hair might grow outward, type 3B hair typically grows straight down. Finally, type 3C hair is thick and has clearly defined tight corkscrew-type spirals. This type of hair tends to be full, bushy, and grow outward. While most black men and women fall into the following type of hair, it is not uncommon for us to see type 3B and 3C hair in our natural hair salon.

Type 4: Coily Hair

The final type of hair is kinky and coily, and is also prone to dryness and breakage. Most of us with African heritage have this type of hair, and it requires a lot of extra love — which is why it’s what we specialize in at Natural Strands! Type 4 hair can be thick and coarse or soft and fine, but the defining characteristic is very tight, small spirals or zig-zagging kinks.

Many people with type 4 hair think they cannot grow it long, but this isn’t the case. We’ve been fed a lot of information about our hair, and not all of it is right. Like we said above, type 4 hair is prone to dryness, which makes it brittle and causes it to break off before it has the chance to grow. At our natural hair salon in Jacksonville, FL, our goal is to educate our clients on how to take care of their type 4 hair so they can grow it and wear it however they choose.

4A hair offers defined miniature ringlets that are about the width of a pencil. Because the curls are so defined on this type of hair, it often requires the least amount of styling of the type 4 categories. Many people with 4A hair type can wash and go!

4B hair offers tight coils and Z-shaped kinks, and responds well to twisting. Solange Knowles is a beautiful example of type 4B hair. Because this type of hair can be frizzier than 4A hair, it is vital to keep your 4B hair moisturized.

4C hair is the kinkiest of all of the hair types, and forms in extra-tight zig-zags or micro-coils. Lupita Nyong’o is a well-known example of someone who consistently shows off her 4C hair. This is the type of hair is prone to tangling, but can be picked out into a gorgeous afro. However, because this type of hair can become tangled easily, it is also not uncommon to break it while trying to get the tangles out. Keeping this hair moisturized and having patience when styling it is essential for keeping it healthy.

Looking For Natural Hair Care?

As your Jacksonville natural hair salon, we will give your hair the love it needs and deserves to thrive! We will assess your hair type and condition and find the best way to get you a style you love without damaging your hair. We take the time to hear what you want from your hair and give you a look you’ll love. Check out our gallery to see some of the beautiful braids, silk presses, buns, and more that have come out of our salon, and be sure to book an appointment at our natural hair salon today!