About two years ago, I was introduced to hair typing on a few different websites. At first, being the new Natural that I was, I was eager to learn all about my hair type and texture and hopefully figure out just exactly how to take care of it accordingly.
I read everything I could on 3a, 4b, 4c hair. I studied the pictures of the different curls and coils and tried desperately to figure out which best described the bird’s nest on top of my head. I don’t remember what answers I came up with. I later learned that it’s possible to have more than one hair type amongst your strands. Cool.
I began to resent the whole system because I felt myself trying to fit into a category that I wasn’t sure if I really fit into but I just really could not tell. Conversations about “good” hair kept coming up and it was frustrating at best. Back then, I saw no real point for typing one’s hair. It was just a system to separate.
“I’m a 3a!”
“I’m a 4c!”
Who really cares? What does that even mean? Why does it matter?
I wasn’t seeing any positive results stemming from the system so I disregarded it altogether and still pretty much do.
The difference between then and now is that NOW I see positive results. Perhaps time and research was needed within that two-year span. A great site to see the positive aspects of hair typing is NaturallyCurly.com. The site helps you to see what hair type/s you may have but it also shows you the degrees of porosity and density as well as how to best care for your hair type in terms or length and width. The site also gives suggestions for hair products, types of shampoos and conditioners, etc.
Without those specific result-oriented implementations hair typing can be nothing more than a divisive mechanism that could cause more strife and bitterness than embracing of natural hair. With actual plans of action and suggestions for taking the best care of your hair, however, the system of hair typing seems to serve a widely-needed purpose for a myriad of people.
La Truly is a late-blooming Natural haired Aries whose writing is powered by a lifetime of anecdotal proof that awkward can transform to awesome and fear can cast its crown before courage. Armed with the ability to purposefully poke fun at herself, La seeks to encourage thought, discussion and change through her writing. Check her out on her blog: www.hersoulinc.com and Twitter: @AshleyLaTruly.