Is it possible to tell hair type when short?

Well I have been wanting to grow out my hair for a bit but I have no idea what type of hair I have to project what type of styles I would like. I had just washed my hair in the pictures and it had dried.

I usually would be cutting my hair in the next couple days but I am just wanting to grow it out since it's been so boring lol.
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I'm gonna have to say...no. When factors such as weight, products used, weather, etc. come in, it definitely affects your hair from moisture levels to how it looks. Even by simply letting it grow out your hair texture/curl pattern could naturally change over time. I knew I'd have serious kinks when I big chopped and my hair was mad short but I had no idea the longer it grew the more corkscrews and s-curls would pop up. Not to mention there's typically more than one texture on a person's head, so even thought your hair might look like it's all one texture short, that most likely won't be the case when it grows out.

I wouldn't worry too much about typing it, honestly. At least not while it's short.

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I would liken it to trying to measure a baby's BMI. It's probably not going to be accurate, although you can often have a good guess, you can look to the parents for some clue although that too can throw you off and it's going to change so quickly that it's best to wait.
My hair is in the 4s, low in porosity, high in density and coarse.

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I would liken it to trying to measure a baby's BMI. It's probably not going to be accurate, although you can often have a good guess, you can look to the parents for some clue although that too can throw you off and it's going to change so quickly that it's best to wait.
Originally Posted by Jo Somebody
my moms hair is kind of kinky. idk what type its not curly its like an Afro except the strands don't curl but are more wavy/straight they're kind of stretched out. she's always been natural and doesn't use anything but water and Shea butter. she's also half Indian... my dad idk he's always bald he's half native America.

back to my mom. when she has an Afro its pretty thick and her hair isn't curly its just like the hair is out and stretched.

Last edited by SillySoul; 03-27-2012 at 10:17 PM.
I would liken it to trying to measure a baby's BMI. It's probably not going to be accurate, although you can often have a good guess, you can look to the parents for some clue although that too can throw you off and it's going to change so quickly that it's best to wait.
Originally Posted by Jo Somebody
my moms hair is kind of kinky. idk what type its not curly its like an Afro except the strands don't curl but are more wavy/straight they're kind of stretched out. she's always been natural and doesn't use anything but water and Shea butter. she's also half Indian... my dad idk he's always bald he's half native America.

back to my mom. when she has an Afro its pretty thick and her hair isn't curly its just like the hair is out and stretched.
Originally Posted by SillySoul
Sorry if I was unclear! I was saying you can't normally tell, but some might guess from the parents' hair, but with the descriptions you've given me, I still couldn't hazard a guess! It's best to just wait tbh.
For me, curl size only really matters for styling (and all styles can be adjusted and attempted for all curl types anyway) and since your hair is so short, you won't be doing much styling, so it doesn't matter right now! Try and figure out what makes and keeps it moisturised, how often it requires washing, how easy it takes up products, what helps keep the knots away, etc. rather than, how big are the curls. For now at least. Good luck!
My hair is in the 4s, low in porosity, high in density and coarse.

Love: QB - all of it, Bobeam - shampoo bars, Darcy's Botanicals - Pumpkin Seed Conditioner, Coconut Cupuacu Pomade, KBN - Shealoe Leave-in, Oyin - Juices & Berries, Kinky Curly - Knot Today, Ayurvedic treatments, my Denman and the cloud of kinky goodness on my head that I get to play with!
Your hair can be completely different from your parents. Both my parents have 4b hair, I don't. I have hair like my grandmother.

Everyone else is right, you won't know for sure until your hair grows out a bit. Enjoy each stage as it comes.
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