Find Out Your Hair Type

One of the most widely used hair classification systems or hair typing chart was created by Oprah Winfrey’s hair stylist, Andre Walker known as the Andre Walker Hair Classification System. 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 deeper look at hair typing for beginners and how to make it work for your hair.

SEE ALSO:  What Hair Typing Doesn’t Tell You

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 deeper look into hair type & texture and finding products for your hair type.

Copyright © 2008-2016 Natural Hair Rules!!! All Rights Reserved. No part of this website may be reproduced without Natural Hair Rules' written consent.
About Tamara

Tamara is the Founding Editor of Natural Hair Rules!!! Natural Hair Rules (NHR) was originally created as her personal hair journal. Since its creation in 2008, it has grown to one of the top natural hair/beauty blogs online today.


  1. Hi my hair type is so confusing. It’s honestly 2c In the back and the curls simply won’t clump at the front or middle. When I wet my hair the back curls Immediately and I can feel the other parts curl but they don’t clump together or stay curled when the hair dries. Btw I’m nigerian so most ppl say it’s not possible for me to have 2c hair

  2. florence hofet says:

    Mine is 4c and really dry, kinky and keep on bracking & very short, have tried all sorts of stuff with no improvement now i heard of this jamaican extra black costoroil they say it helps and am trying to find it in the bloggs but havent managed to order it. Its complicated, i am 62 yrs old,

  3. adelita studer says:

    I am sort of a 2a type. just cut off my LONG hair to shoulder-length, and i am wondering why i didnt think of doing that sooner! i LOVE my new short hair, and i CANNOT WAIT to start new and fresh with my hair, and i am starting NATURALLY!

  4. I just cut my hair yesterday (April 29th) after transitioning for 8 months. I got tired of the stringy look and could not style other than braids or twists to work with the strands. I am glad for the change but a little self-conscience. My son laughed, more of a snicker and my hubby has not seen it yet. My mom and sisters (sisters are both natural) loved it.

    I am leaning more towards the 3c/4a typing and I have low porosity. I did it to see my natural curl pattern and to get healthy hair.

    Not a true TWA but it is shorter then I am use to working with and THANKS for help and encourage with the transformation. There is a wealth of information out here and I am confused by some but my sisters and blogs such as yours I think I will be A-O-K!

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

  6. 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:

  7. THANK YOU <3


  1. […] actually a difference between kinky and curling hair, kinky/soft curls, and kinky/curly hair. This chart will help ladies who don’t technically know the difference between the several different […]

Leave Your Question or Comment Below