Have you heard of the Walker Hair Typing System?

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This brilliant system was developed by Oprah Winfrey's hair stylist, Andre Walker, and is an excellent way to identify the many distinct hair types (from straight to curly/kinky). See below for an overview. My hair type is a 4A. What is your hair type?

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For Straight Hair:

  • Type 1A – Described as fine, very thin and soft with a noticeable shine;
  • Type 1B – Appears as medium-textured;
  • Type 1C – Shows the most resistant to curly styling and relatively coarse compared to above mentioned types.

For Wavy Hair:

  • Type 2A – Stands for fine and thin hair, this type can be very comfortable and easy for hairstyle selection – it can easily be straightened or curled;
  • Type 2B – Characterized by hair waves that tend to adhere to the shape of your head;
  • Type 2C – This type of hair can frizz easily and is fairly coarse.

For Curly Hair:

  • Type 3A – Pretty shinny and loose hair;
  • Type 3B – This sub-category has medium amount curls, ranging from bouncy ringlets (spiral like curls of hair) to tight corkscrews (spiral-shaped corkscrew curls);

For Kinky Hair:

  • Type 4A – This hair type is full of tight coils;
  • Type 4B – Hair has less defined pattern of curls and looks like “Z” with very sharp angles.