Find out what your hair type is and what are the best care you can give it

Most people devote a certain amount of time to the care of your hair. In women, for example, it is very common to have it very smooth and want the wavy strands that make others look beautiful, although the opposite also happens.

In the 90s, the stylist of Oprah Winfrey and other American stars, Andre Walker, created a hair classification system according to its shape and volume. Over time, it has been adopted internationally, and nowadays it is used by professional stylists.

Here we tell you what are the types of hair that exist, so that you identify yours and have a little more information about how to wash it, brush it and get along with it.

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Smooth (1)


This type of hair does not form waves naturally, and it is not easy to maintain a hairstyle for long, it tends to return to its natural form. In the straight hair, we find the subtypes:

1A: a very thin hair and little voluminous.

1 B: medium thick hair, with roots that keep the volume moderately.

1 C: resistant and thick.

How to take care of it

It is ideal to wash it frequently to avoid excess bait. Choose light shampoos, without salts or heavy oils. You can use a product to control frizz, which is very common in this type of hair.

You can experiment with cascading hairstyles, to create movement effects. Straight hair will not last many curls, but it is ideal for collected hairstyles and braids.

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Wavy (2)


Wavy hair has "S" shaped waves of different types:

2A: It is a hair of medium thickness whose waves are barely perceptible. It is the intermediate between the straight and the wavy.

2B: the "S" shape is born from the crown of the head and acquires a lot of frizz.

2 C: It may seem like a mix between the wavy and curly. The weather can make it a bit rebellious.

How to take care of it:

Shampoos, conditioners and masks should have a moisturizing effect, but at the same time they should not be too heavy. Look for extracts of fruits, vegetables and herbs.

As for daily care, to avoid drying your hair too much and maintaining the proper humidity, apply the hair lotions based on light oils – grape seeds, flaxseed, mustard – from the middle to the ends of the hair.

The best hairstyles are those that do not have abrupt transitions, because otherwise you would have to be ironing frequently to make it look good.

Curls work best with type 2C.

Curly (3)


This is a fairly dense hair with pronounced curls. The difference in length between the strand of straightened hair and the lock in the curled natural state is 12 to 20 cm. The sub-types are:

3A: large and defined curls, in the shape of "S".

3B: curls not too big but more dense and strong.

3C: smaller curls with thinner but hard hair, which makes it look more bulky.

How to take care of it

For curly hair washing, the goal is to maintain moisture, so cleaning products are suggested specifically made for this type of hair, with oils and highly moisturizing ingredients in its composition.

The best oils for your care are jojoba, almond, argan, coconut and olive.

Unlike other types, curly hair combs better when it is still wet. Ironing dries the hair structure and deteriorates it over time.

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Very curly (4)


Although this type of hair may look bulky and thick, it is actually very thin and brittle. The sub-types are:

4A: It forms small and defined spirals, with thin hair and very susceptible to damage.

4B: It is a type of hair in the form of a zigzag. It is usually a bit hard and difficult to manage.

4C: the most rebellious and resistant of all types of hair of this classification. It is very difficult to comb and the curls form a spiral.

How to take care of it

Very curly hair should not be washed very often with shampoo. Try to apply conditioner while it is moist to keep it cool.

This type of hair needs additional moisture, so you should keep it with lotions to tame it a little, but keep in mind that there is a limit on how much you can control it.

For hairstyles, the ideal length is up to the shoulder level or longer, because the shorter it is, the more chaotic the curls will be.

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What is your hair type? What care works best for you? Share your advice in the comments.

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