Is Knowing Your Hair Type Really Necessary?


3C/4A. At the start of my natural journey, that’s what someone said my hair type was. Hmm. Intrigued I ran to the charts and held up my strands after washing and seeing how they measured up.

Not quite 3C but I wouldn’t say 4A either. Is there such thing as a 3C.5 or 1/2 of 4A? All the numbers and letters can get quite confusing, but I was left with one final question. Does it really matter?

I mean what purpose does grouping my hair texture into one or two categories really have on my hair styling methods?

I’m well aware that certain hairstyles and products work better on some hair types versus others. For example, whatever hair type I do have is extremely coily which causes difficulty when it comes to styles such as wash n go’s.

I feel like my hair type is pretty unique, as is everyone else’s, and maybe coming to that realization has made me question the relevance of it all. But the truth is I really don’t care!

I don’t care what my hair type is because no matter what I’m going to experiment and find styles that work for my hair, instead of going off what someone says.

I’ve also learned that a lot of the curly clip in extensions which are really popular right now are not based on the letter-number hair typing system. Curl pattern manipulation is something anyone can take part in by just doing a simple twist or braid out. Your hair should blend well as long as the textures match.


So overall, I personally think trying to determine your hair type with respect to letters and numbers is pointless. Focus on the density, thickness, and porosity and use those details to make decisions when it comes to styling and picking appropriate products.

Do you know your hair type? What difference, if any, has it made for you?

About Vanessa


Hi! I'm Vanessa! I'm a 26 year old natural. Making the decision to go natural has been one of the greatest decisions in my life. It has boosted my self confidence and has given me a way to express myself through the hair God has blessed me with. I had my last relaxer in Dec of 2013 and big chopped Aug of 2014 and there's no turning back! I now share my journey with tutorials and tips that work for me through my youtube platform and my blog in hopes of helping other naturalistas in their journey to natural.

About Vanessa


Hi! I'm Vanessa! I'm a 26 year old natural. Making the decision to go natural has been one of the greatest decisions in my life. It has boosted my self confidence and has given me a way to express myself through the hair God has blessed me with. I had my last relaxer in Dec of 2013 and big chopped Aug of 2014 and there's no turning back! I now share my journey with tutorials and tips that work for me through my youtube platform and my blog in hopes of helping other naturalistas in their journey to natural.

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Comments

  1. Chelsea Dasher

    No its not necessary but it can be a start like it was for me. Some people do healthy things with their hair without ever knowing what type it is but know what kind of hair I had really helped narrow what I needed for my curls

  2. Shawntel Singletary

    I think its important. That way you can have the right products (porosity is important also) i saw a huge change for better in my hair once I got the porosity right and created a routine according to that.

  3. ladee neenah

    Curl type was never that important to me, but then I already knew I had 4c hair. As I learned more about porosity, density, and strand size (I refer to that as texture) I realized that my focus needed to be on those factors, with less attention on the size and shape of my curl. I think the size and shape of the curl is most relevant in determining what your hair will look like when styled.

  4. Vedejah Scroggins

    It has made no difference to me to know any of it lol but i am an old school natural I wash and grease my hair and roll it up that’s honestly all I do I’m not a natural that does twist outs and wash and goes and all that they just don’t work for me (a wash and go does but that’s it) I can never make a twist out look pretty or Bantu knots I can do good pin curls and curlformers I love those but that’s it

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