Several Factors Can Alter The Characteristics of the Hair
The hair typing system places some amount of emphasis on texture but texture can be altered by such factors as proper diet and water intake, or even chemical processes such as color treating.
Many bloggers have attested to the fact that overtime their textures have changed and they have found curl patterns that they didn’t notice previously.
In light of this we can say that hair typing doesn’t guarantee that as your hair journey progresses the characteristics of it and how it reacts to a particular treatment, regimen or environment will remain constant. In fact, in many instances, persons have recognized that products they started out with at the beginning of their hair journey have little to no effect the longer their hair gets.
There Isn’t Just One Hair Typing System
There is the Andre Walker Chart and the LOIS typing system and countless other charts ever since. You know how we have just one categorization for some things and it’s set so we won’t ever have to go back and question it? It’s not so with hair.
The fact that there is more than one hair typing system suggests to me that there are flaws in it or that it is open to alteration.
One person came up with the idea to categorize hair and another saw holes in the first theory and sought to address them or improve on the original idea. For all we know, the more we learn about black hair the more systems will emerge and we could be doing things totally different than we do now using the current systems.
If you are having a headache over where you fall on the hair typing scale stop sweating the small stuff. After two years I still can’t say whether I am an A, B or C, but I can tell you my hair has grown.
All that’s important is that you know how to keep moisture in your strands and how to cleanse and style safely.
Given all you have read here and your own experiences. Would you say hair typing is overrated?
Originally posted 2015-01-28 15:00:30.