My Curl Type Profile

Hi my blessed naturals,
If you've been reading my blog from the beginning, then you know that I am not a big fan of hair typing. My reason for not being a big advocate in the past was because I felt like everyone should get to know their hair and what works for them. However, I realize that hair typing can help others who have a similar hair texture with developing a hair regimen that works for their hair. As a result, I have created my own curl profile to help you all who may have a similar hair type. This will include information about my hair type and the types of products and regimens that work for me. Some items may be commonly known for naturals in general. Many naturals refer to the Andre Walker hair type chart. My hair would be in the 4B  4A category.

My Curl Profile

Texture: soft, fine, and tight curls or coils
             Hair Thickness: Thick
            Wet: Coils are more defined
            Dry: My hair is mixed with shiny kinky and curly hair 
            A Closer Look : I have more than 1 hair texture or type on my head: My curls are less defined in my bang area, but really defined on both sides of my hair and the top middle. The hair in the bottom back has a looser curl pattern and seems to grow faster. The hair on the right side of my head has more of a curl pattern than on my left side.

 Moisture! Moisture! Moisture!

Best moisturizers: Water-based

Number of times to moisturize: 1 time in the morning/ 1 time at night - No less than 1x daily otherwise my hair gets very dry.

Best Conditioners: Creamy, slippery, water-based

Best Oil- Coconut Oil

My curls while recovering from protein and moisture overload

Best Detangler: wide-tooth comb when wet with water and conditioner/shampoo

                           -Sometimes I will use a thin-tooth comb or Denman brush to thoroughly detangle my hair
                           before installing or after removing mini twists. However, I cannot use those tools often
                           because my hair will start to break off like it is being stripped.

Wash Day: Every 1-2 weeks. Because I have Seborrheic Dermatitis, I must wash my hair no less than every 2 weeks.

Protein Treatments: I cannot go more than 2 months without a protein treatment. Otherwise, my hair starts to feel dry and brittle.

Behavior: My hair will curl easily in response to twist or braids, but twists on wet hair work the best.

Cleansing: Although shampoos can really dry my hair out, I use a clarifying shampoo every once in a while to remove the product build up on my strands. Other than that, I use my Castile Soap mixture on wash day.

Deep Conditioning:  I have to deep condition for 15 minutes to 1 hour or more. I use a conditioner, plastic cap, and heating cap.


Manipulation: My hair thrives best when it is not manipulated much (as with a lot of naturals), every day.

Style Types:  Since my hair is fine, my edges are even finer and they will come out easy. 

Stretched: I have to keep my hair stretched, even if it's just a little bit. If I don't, my hair will tangle very easily and get a lot of single-strand knots. Sometimes, I have to detangle my hair 2-3 times on wash day. I try to detangle it before pre-pooing, conditioning, and styling

Gel: I rarely use gel.

That is all I can think of right now. If I think of any more characteristics, I might do a second article. 

What is your hair type? What is one technique or product that works for your hair?

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