Hair typing charts have gained popularity in the natural hair community as a means of categorizing and understanding different hair textures. However, it's important to question their accuracy and recognize the limitations they may have. In this blog post, we will explore why natural hair typing charts may not be entirely accurate and why embracing the uniqueness of your hair journey is crucial.
Hair Textures on a Spectrum:
Hair exists on a wide spectrum of textures, ranging from straight to tightly coiled. Natural hair typing charts typically categorize hair into a limited number of types (e.g., 2A-4C). This oversimplification fails to capture the diverse range of textures and patterns found in individuals, leaving many with a feeling of being inaccurately represented.
Diversity Within Hair Types:
Even within a specific hair type category, there can be significant differences in texture, curl pattern, density, porosity, and other characteristics. You could have anywhere from 2 to 3 different textures and curl patterns in your head at the same time. Hair typing charts often generalize these traits, overlooking the unique properties that individuals' hair strands may possess.
Hair Texture Can Change:
Our hair can go through changes due to various factors such as hormonal fluctuations, health conditions, age, lifestyle choices, and styling techniques. Hair typing charts do not account for these dynamic changes, which means that our hair may not fit neatly into a single category over time. Embracing the evolving nature of our hair allows us to adapt our care routines accordingly.
Not Helpful In Selecting Products:
Hair typing offers little information on what products your hair actually needs. When it comes to selecting products, listen to your hair and use what your hair typically likes. We recommend choosing well formulated products that are high quality, contains nutrient and moisture rich ingredients, and effective for your hair texture. A great place to start is our Deluxe Wash Day Collection.
While natural hair typing charts can serve as a starting point for understanding our hair, it's essential to recognize their limitations. Our hair is a complex and beautiful part of our identity, and it cannot be fully captured by a simple chart. Embracing the diversity of our hair allows us to appreciate and celebrate the unique qualities that make it truly one-of-a-kind. Let go of the constraints of hair typing and instead focus on understanding and caring for your hair's individual needs. Enjoy your healthy hair journey and continue to embrace the beautiful uniqueness of your hair.