Some will say that hair typing isn’t worth it. Often that’s people with looser curl patterns who have seen plenty of representations throughout the natural hair scene of their hair texture or just a person who has longed figured out how to work with their hair and jumped over the hurdles that would leave others flatlined and frustrated. But for those who are thinking that they are doing something wrong because their hair doesn’t curl like hers, doesn’t shine like that YouTube guru, their twist out doesn’t cascade into waves, bantu knot outs are a wiry mess, hair typing might help them figure out that there’s nothing wrong with their hair, it’s just different from what is most often shown.
Realizing that there’s nothing wrong with your hair, it just requires a bit more patience and a lot more moisture is the starting foundation to healthy hair. More importantly realizing that there is NO MAGIC PRODUCT that will define a looser curl, give you the ultimate shine or magically cause your hair to grow overnight, will save your bank account a good bit of money. It might even provoke a woman to take pride in hair and move from “I’m natural under my weave” category, as feel so many women with my hair texture are. We don’t see it as much, because we’re still hiding, with no direction, so we stick to are normal comforts. There’s nothing wrong with relaxers, wigs or weaves, but everyone should have the flexibility and know how to properly deal with their natural hair.
Hair typing is not the bible to hair care, it’s simply a starting point, especially for those who don’t know where to start. It’s easier to find hair care tips and tutorials when searching for 4C natural hair. I certainly can’t brand my hair tutorials as videos for “extra nappy/kinky hair”, 4C is a much easier identifier. 4C is not just a section of your hair that you can’t figure out. All hair won’t look the same because there are many more variables that impact an individual’s hair. 4C hair is a tightly coiled and often zig zag hair pattern that shrinks up to almost nothing no matter the length. 4C hair is often characterized as low porosity and extremely dry hair. But 4C hair can be manageable and manipulated into a bevy of hair styles.
Once you come to an understanding of your 4C hair, don’t become the hair typing police, leave it at the base of your personal hair care routine. You can still learn hair care tips and techniques from others who don’t necessarily have your hair type, you just have to modify it to your needs. Here’s to healthy 4C hair!