Do you know your hair type? There are 4 main hair types 1, 2, 3, 4 which are then divided into 3 sub-types A, B and C.


What is the hair type typology?

It is one of the techniques to identify your hair, created by Andre Walker, also known as Oprah Winfrey’s hair stylist.

To identify curls better, they should be observed dry and if possible in their natural state, since chemicals and various transformations can damage them.


Here’s how to tell them apart.

Identifying your hair, an art in itself.

It is normal to identify more than one type of curl at a time, each hair is unique.

In addition, if your hair is damaged, it may be more difficult to identify your hair. The solution is to try to take care of it as much as possible, use products adapted to your hair, nourish and moisturise it.

Hydrating vs Moisturising your Hair


Knowing it can be interesting in order to give it the right kind of attention and take care of it in the best possible way. And each curl types needs different care.

Let’s see them in more detail.


Type 1: Straight Hair

Type 1A

This is thin straight hair. They are difficult to damage and difficult to curl.


A combination of thin hair and thicker hair.


Very straight hair, thicker, difficult to curl and more “shiny” than other types.



TYPE 2 : Wavy Hair

S-Shape curls, loose curls.


Thin hair and a slight S-shaped waviness along the lengths and with little volume.


Hair with slightly more defined S curls, of medium thickness, tends to frizz.


Thicker hair with volume and with well-defined S curls.


TYPE 3 : Curly Hair

Curly hair has specific needs and require rigorous care on a daily basis. Type 3 hair is often straight when wet, curly when dry. It absorbs water, and has shrinkage.


Hair with wider curls. This is the most moisturised type of hair, and the heaviest, which explains the loss of curl definition. In some cases, the root may be straight due to weight.


S-shaped curls, more wavy at the root, well-defined curls that are tighter than the previous type.


It is characterized by well-defined and tight curls. Some consider this type of hair to be curly while others consider it coily.


TYPE 4: Coily hair

Tighter curls, Z type shape, it tends to be more fragile and dry, needs care and attention.


Spiral waves with a lot of volume, and a slightly defined shape.


Z curls, medium coil, it can be a little finer, dense and sometimes fragile.


Z curls that are much tighter and thinner, it is the most fragile of the three.



To understand your hair, it’s also essential to understand its texture and density.

A little hair science: Hair texture & density

We hope you will understand your hair better. And let us know, what’s yours?



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