When you are new to this transitioning and natural hair game your ultimate goal is trying to figure out the best way to care for your hair while transitioning and also after you finally big chop.
It is tempting to go at it based on the hair typing chart because that is typically how information is delivered. For example you will see: ‘Deep conditioning for type 4 c hair,’ or ‘How to wash 4B natural hair.’
The truth is if you only focus on hair type you will miss out on great information that might just be geared towards you, and you just might ignore or totally overlook it because you do not see your letter or number in the description.
When you are building a regimen focus on two things, porosity and density.
The more porous your hair is the harder it will be for you to maintain moisture in your strands. You will need to have a great sealing technique like the LOC method and you will also need to use protein to strengthen your hair.
Your hair can be porous regardless of hair type or wherever you fall on the hair chart so it really does not matter what your hair type is if you are not focused on giving your hair what it needs.
When I mention density I am referring to how coarse or how fine your hair strand is. Fine hair does require more protein than coarse hair and if you add porosity to the equation you can tailor an even more efficient to ensure that you are constantly doing the right thing for your hair.
Coarse hair can be porous as well but thicker strands can withstand more; however, they might need a lot of moisture through deep conditioning.
When you look at information and you are trying to build your regimen make sure you know how your strands look. Are they coarse or fine? Do you have normal, low or high porosity hair? When you really hone in on these things, you will start to get more of a clear understanding of how to help your hair achieve the goals you have set for it.
After that the hair typing chart will just be a matter of pure aesthetics and nothing else!