Hair Type?

Hello fellow curlies! I'm new to NC, and I'm a little confused with the hair typing system.

The good news is I'm pretty confident I have: Low Porosity, High Density, mostly Medium Width, and Medium Length hair.

I've been growing my hair out for about 1 year and 8 months. My hair is a bit past my shoulders, and I've basically been getting it braided this whole time.

My stylists thought my hair was 3c when I showed her the pictures on the sight. My hair is EXTREMELY thick lol. I don't think I've seen any 3c's with thick hair like mine so I wanted to get some opinions of hair scholars lol.

When my shed hair comes out, it does not look like the 4's in this picture, but more like the 3's.
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Okay now pictures of my hair:

1) First pic is a little old now, 3 weeks before 6-1-13 and is my hair blown out straight. I've not really had any trouble retaining length or have any heat damage.

2) Second pic is before I had my hair washed on 6-1-13

3) Final pic is my hair wet, but not damp. It had been towel dried a bit. I've noticed when I wash my hair at home or get my hair wet with sweat, my hair tends to straighten and go down. Then when it starts to dry it shrinks up lol.

I hope this isn't an information overload, I just wanted to give as much information as possible so anyone could help me identify my hair. Thank you so much in advance to anyone who can take the time to help me!
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It looks to me to be a majority of 4a,4b tight coils, and some zig zag/ no defined pattern. I can't tell just by a picture but it seems a little coarse also, very pretty though I loooovee curly hair, you should definitely just rock it girl!! Its actually kind of empowering lol I'm transitioning now, its been 10 months and I'm excited for it to grow!!
It looks like it's as tight as 3c hair, but it just does not have the typical 3c shape, corkscrews. Therefore, it might actually be type 4b (z-curls or zigzags). I have read a few websites that talked about the Andre Walker hair types, and they said that type 4b hair can be as loose as 3c hair in a lot of cases.
It looks like it's as tight as 3c hair, but it just does not have the typical 3c shape, corkscrews. Therefore, it might actually be type 4b (z-curls or zigzags). I have read a few websites that talked about the Andre Walker hair types, and they said that type 4b hair can be as loose as 3c hair in a lot of cases.
Originally Posted by smudge1995
Thanks for giving your opinion @smudge1995

I don't think I have 4b hair because my shed strands don't look like 4's and definitely don't have the z to them you know. The stylists where I get my hair done say I have a different texture than theirs (they are 4's) and always say I have curly hair. Thick, but curly lol.

My stylist uses some kind of shampoo or conditioner in a yellow bottle (mixed chicks perhaps?) and I think it brings out the curl better. I'm also adding a pic of what my strands usually look like when they come out (hope you can see).

Maybe my hair just grows out really weird lol!

I need find a way to really bring the curls out and something to hold them.

My natural journey so far has been me growing it out for almost 2 years in braids this whole time. I'm just a bit afraid of working with it and finding products that really not only keep my hair healthy, but looking fantastic.
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It looks to me to be a majority of 4a,4b tight coils, and some zig zag/ no defined pattern. I can't tell just by a picture but it seems a little coarse also, very pretty though I loooovee curly hair, you should definitely just rock it girl!! Its actually kind of empowering lol I'm transitioning now, its been 10 months and I'm excited for it to grow!!
Originally Posted by eveechazaree
Maybe we need a Type 5 for hard to tell hair eveecharzaree lol

I've never found a strand that has the Z shape, but I don't think I've seen a 4c (no defined pattern) before.

My stylist (who is a 4) says I have a different texture than her and that my hair is curly. She uses a shampoo or conditioner in a yellow bottle (mixed chicks maybe?) before blowing drying straight then braiding my hair. The shampoo or condition I believe defines my curls.

I'll add attachments of what the conditioner does to my hair and a pic of what my strands look like. Hope that helps.

And actually I'm a boy lol, but still would like to be able to rock my hair.

Congratulations on transitioning! I love curly hair and I'm glad to see so many people of different backgrounds embracing their natural hair, it's very empowering and just plain inspirational, and not to mention healthy.
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Oh goodness!!!! I'm so sorry!! Without seeing facial features or body its hard to tell! Lol I love your hair! You should rock it, it looks 4a! Really tight coils, still amazing hair! I believe the best thing for natural hair is moisture! Lol I have ALOOOT of conditioner , but one bottle of shampoo, the main thing is to try new things and see what works for your hair! I've learned that! Lol
Lol no need to apologize Thank you so much for the compliments. I've been watching more videos online, and moisture seems to be the most important lol. I've seen people using lots and lots of conditioner among other things. Oh and oils to seal in moisture. I think I'm going to wait till the end of summer and then attempt to wear my hair out.

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