Types of Hair - Andre Walker Hair Typing System


Andre Walker system

There is not just one method to discovering one's hair type and people use to classify their curl patterns of hair. 

In 1990s the hairstylist of Oprah Winfrey and Andre Walker were created the Andre Walker Hair Typing System which has since been widely adopted as a hair type classification system. According to this system there are four types of hair based on the shape of the hair fiber.

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Type 1 (Straight)




Class
Type
Properties
Type 1
Straight    
                  i.          has no natural curl
                  ii.        healthy surface reflects the most sheen
                  iii.       reflects light to the eye
                  iv.        the most resilient hair
                  v.          hard to damage break
                  vi.        difficult to curl
           vii.       the sebum spreads from scalp to the ends without curls or kinks
          viii.       becomes the most oily hair
                  ix.         having glossy appearance
                  x.          the strongest type hair

Type 1a Straight (Fine/Thin)

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Class
Type
Properties
1a
Straight (Fine/Thin)
i.          very soft hair
ii.         thin
iii.       shiny
iv.        oily hair
v.          poor at holding curls
vi.       difficult to damage
vii.     absolutely straight hair
viii.    no wave

Type 1b Straight (Medium)

Type-1b-Straight-Medium

Class
Type
Properties
1b
Straight (Medium)
i.   characterized by volume and body 
ii.   very straight hair
iii. just enough wave to give a little body

Type 1c Straight (Coarse)

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Class
Type
Properties
1c
Straight (Coarse)
i.         bone-straight
ii.        coarse
iii.      resistant to curling

Type 2 (Wavy)

Type-2

Class
Type
Properties
Type 2
Wavy
i. texture and sheen ranges between straight & curly hair
ii.   more likely to become curly than straight hair
iii.  appears straight with slight bends towards the ends of the hair

Type 2a Wavy (Fine/thin)

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Class
Type
Properties
2a
Wavy (Fine/Thin)
i.       "S" pattern curls
ii.      can easily be strightened or curled
iii.     flexible to a various type of style
iv.      tousled texture
v.         gentle hair
vi.       under fined wave
vii.      easy to creat beachy look

 Type 2b Wavy (Medium)

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Class
Type
Properties
2b
Wavy (Medium)
 i.      can tend to be curly
ii.     a little resistant to styling
iii.   tighter "S"   waves
iv.    semi-uniform
v.     hair curls from the midpoint to the ends
vi.   ideal for the balayage trend

 Type 2c Wavy (Coarse)

Type 2c Hair
Class
Type
Properties
2c
Wavy (Coarse)
i.          fairly coarse
ii.    curly or very kinky with thicker waves
iii. often more resistant to styling
iv.      occasional spiral
v.        S-shaped waves
vi.  wave pattern may begin close to the crown and tumble downward
vii.     often thick hair
viii. can be prone to curl in damp weather

Type 3 (Curly)

Type 3 Hair

Class
Type
Properties
Type 3
Curly
i.     curl pattern may have a look of a lowercase "s", uppercase "S"
ii.    sometimes curl pattern may resemble an uppercase "Z" or lowercase "z"
iii.    usually large hair
iv. climate dependent (more humidity more curl)
v.        shrink and dry
vi.    from fine to coarse strand thickness range

Type 3a Curly (Loose)

Type 3a Hair

Class
Type
Properties
3a
Curly (Loose)
i.      "S" pattern curls form loose loops 
ii.    tends to combine thickness, volume, fizziness
iii.   large spiral curls

Type 3b Curly (Tight)

Type 3b Hair

Class
Type
Properties
3b

Curly (Tight)
i.       definite "S" pattern
ii.      curls spring from the roots 
iii.    have ample volume
iv.     spiral shaped
v.       dry hair 
vi.     bouncy ringlets

Type 4 (Kinky)

Type 4 Hair

Class
Type
Properties
Type 4
Kinky
i.  tightly coiled curl pattern feature
ii. fragile with a very high density
iii.   shrink type wet hair
iv.    has fewer cuticle layers
v.   curls from fine to coarse range
vi.     has the tightest curls
vii.   s or  z-shaped curls
viii.  the most fragile
ix.      fight against dryness

Type 4a Kinky (Soft)

Type 4a Hair

Class
Type
Properties
4a
Kinky (Soft)
i.     hair tends to be very wiry
ii.   very fragile
iii.  tightly coiled
iv.   curly patterning feature

Type 4b Kinky (Wiry)

4b Type Hair

Class
Type
Properties
4b
Kinky (Wiry)
i.     looks "Z" shaped curls
ii.   having sharp angles


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