Andre Walker’s Hair Classification System

Andre Walker’s Hair Classification System

One of the most widely used hair classification systems or hair typing chart was created by Oprah Winfrey’s hair stylist, Andre Walker. He talks about his system in his book “Andre Talks Hair”. His system is the original & the one we still refer to classify hair textures. See the hair type chart below.

But the truth about this hair classification is its purely aesthetic. It doesn’t speak to hair needs or make up.  This is why I have taken a deep look at hair typing for beginners and how to make it work for your hair.

Hair Type

Type # Hair Texture Hair Description
1a Straight (Fine/Thin) Very Soft, Shiny, Hard to hold a curl, hair tends to be oily, hard to damage.
1b Straight (Medium) Has lots of body. (i.e. more volume, more full)
1c Straight (Coarse) Hard to curl. (i.e. bone straight) Most Asian women fall into this category.
2a Wavy (Fine/Thin) Can accomplish various styles. Definite “S” pattern. Hair sticks close to the head.
2b Wavy (Medium) A bit resistant to styling. Hair tends to be frizzy.
2c Wavy (Coarse) Hair has thicker waves. Also resistant to styling. Hair tends to be frizzy.
3a Curly (Loose Curls) Thick & full with lots of body. Definite “S” pattern. Hair tends to be frizzy. Can have a combination texture.
3b Curly (Tight Curls) Medium amount of curl. Can have a combination texture.
3c Curly (Tight Curls or Corkscrews) Tight curls in corkscrews. The curls can be either kinky, or very tightly curled, with lots and lots of strands densely packed together. (3c not in book)
4a Kinky (Soft) Tightly coiled. Very Fragile. Has a more defined curly pattern
4b Kinky (Wiry) Tightly coiled. Very Fragile. Less defined curly pattern. Has more of a “Z” shaped pattern.
4c Kinky (Zingy)  Some say 4c looks identical to 4b except that the curls are so tightly kinked, there is seemingly no definition.  (Also not in book)

Ok I know my hair type now what? I have a couple of post that will help answer that question by taking a deep look into hair type & texture and finding products for your hair type.

Hair Typing for Beginners
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  1. THANK YOU <3

  2. I think am 2c. So what products should I use?

    • Hi Elizabeth, There’s no way I can really tell you want products are going to work for your hair. Hair type isn’t enough information to predicate how your hair will respond to products. Please take a look at this article for more information about hair typing:

  3. Will twist out or braid out work on my hair


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