L.O.I.S. Hair Typing System

I would like to advocate for the use of the LOIS Hair Typing System over Andre’s number system. It is helpful to know a persons texture when trying to decide whether their method or products will work for you. The 4A and 4B classifications are severely limiting and not descriptive at all. It only takes into account your curl pattern. Not your texture. So in order to promote this system over the current, I am requesting that the naturallycurly.com community consider placing their LOIS hair type in their signature. Here is a YouTube video explaining how to find your LOIS hair type. Thanks.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=droZReaX5bY
Current Regimen: I am doing protective styles for the winter. Two Strand Twists and Twist Outs. Wet hair in the middle of winter is not cute.
Favorite Products: Komaza Care Coconut Line, Kinky Curly Line, and Africare 100% Glycerin
Never Again: Carol's Daughter, Miss Jessie's, Garnier Fructis, Hot Oil Treatments
Hair Type: Texture-Spongy, Strand Size-Medium, Curl Pattern-I in the front, O in the middle, and S in the back. 4a

Last edited by cayisha_azul; 03-11-2009 at 12:23 PM. Reason: I bolded my request.
I've tried reading the L.O.I.S. descriptions and it just confuses me so much. Maybe if I saw pictures I could understand it better.

Andre's system definitely has loopholes and its a "one size fits all" approach. At this point I just go by how my hair feels/acts when I apply a product instead of "let me buy this because 3C hair loves this stuff"
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What a coinky-dink! I was just researching this, this morning. I am definitely a fine hair strand, O pattern in the LOIS system. Silky fits my hair texture description more than any of the others.

Looking at pics from me as a child (and from what I remember), my hair was dull looking so sheen was low but it could have been products my mom used because now my hair has high shine with no products. I've always had a lot of frizz and my hair wets easily.
LOIS (OS); cottony, TYPE 4 hair, fine/med strands; no cones bcz my hair hates them; last relaxer '98; now low porosity, ignores most natural hair rules; BC #8

faves: suave, v05 shampoo, conditioner (my own), raw shea butter, castor oil, peanut oil, aloe juice
I like this hair classification better too. It gives a more detailed description of ones hair. I did a post about it in my blog a couple months ago.

According to the system, I have predominantly "S" strands (coffee stirrer diameter), that are medium density and spongy texture. I think that covers all the bases.
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I learned about this hair typing from NP. I looked at it and I liked it but I don't use it either really.

I don't see this method of hair typing being set up here because of the predominate use of Andre's typing system (it's even set with how the forums are divided); and it seemed as NP has adopted (maybe even invented) the LOIS hair typing system so that hair typing system is predominately used over there.

Knowing my hair type wasn't instrumental in me taking care of it and learning about it. But I like the use of the words 'woolly' and 'spongy' as descriptors.
I saw this typing system before. Although, I am not too concerned with typing my hair (I was when I first did the BC); I think this system is better than Andre's system. L.O.I.S covers hair pattern, strand size and texture. While experimenting with products, I have noticed that strand size and texture are very important when choosing heavy or light products. My daughter also wears her hair natural. She is O, fine and spongy. I am S, fine, silky. We have an array of products in our house. What works for me does not work for her and vice versa. Ironically, I always seem to purchase products that work better for her. She seems to purchase products that work better for me. We have our own "in house hair product swap."
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Low porosity, Fine/Medium Texture, S-Curls

Co-wash: VO5 Tea Therapy
Rinse Out: Garnier Sleek 'n Shine (subject to change)
Styler: Long Aid Curl Activator

Dislikes: Proteins (except occasional Silk protein), Cones, Oils
I've tried reading the L.O.I.S. descriptions and it just confuses me so much. Maybe if I saw pictures I could understand it better.
LOIS confuses me too. I like a spectrum/scale; just easier for me.
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I am intrigued.
I am especially interested in the claim that knowing about these different aspects of my hair will help me to care for it more effectively and in this economy (effeciently).
I have been trying to get an account going on the ourhair.net page without much success.
I am hoping to post LOIS specific questions here until I find out what's up over there.
Question 1: I live in a low dew point area, is it possible that my spongy texture seems highly porous because the air is as thirsty for moisture as my hair is?
Question 2: Does the spongy texture of my hair make it tight and dry when I use a blend that contains a lot of coconut oil / cocoa butter on it or can this be attributed to another factor?
Question 3: Since I am a fine haired, daughter of OS should I only finger detangle? I read on Live Curly, Live Free"3c hair needs extra moisture and tender-loving care because it can be fragile. Let the hair air dry and do not use a brush or comb"(http://www.livecurlylivefree.com/types%20of%20curls.htm).

Thank you in advance for all your help,
3c or OS, fine, spongy,SL
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Routine and Products:
Henna (mo.) under steamer
Jessicurl WDT (wk.) under steamer
Granier Fructis Shampoo (mo. post henna)
Vo5 Vanilla Tea Rinsing Conditioner,
Jessicurl Too Shea, and Confident Coils (post WDT)
KCCC styler only on wet hair
Banding with silk scrunchies (nightly)
JBCO Sealer

My goodness, I just realized I am a PJ
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I am intrigued.
I am especially interested in the claim that knowing about these different aspects of my hair will help me to care for it more effectively and in this economy (effeciently).
I have been trying to get an account going on the ourhair.net page without much success.
I am hoping to post LOIS specific questions here until I find out what's up over there.
Question 1: I live in a low dew point area, is it possible that my spongy texture seems highly porous because the air is as thirsty for moisture as my hair is?
Question 2: Does the spongy texture of my hair make it tight and dry when I use a blend that contains a lot of coconut oil / cocoa butter on it or can this be attributed to another factor?
Question 3: Since I am a fine haired, daughter of OS should I only finger detangle? I read on Live Curly, Live Free"3c hair needs extra moisture and tender-loving care because it can be fragile. Let the hair air dry and do not use a brush or comb"(http://www.livecurlylivefree.com/types%20of%20curls.htm).

Thank you in advance for all your help,
Originally Posted by gie

Question 1: Iím not sure. I think that if your hair is spongy like mine, dry conditions make my hair extremely dry and high humidity causes frizz. Since our hair is so porous, it is going to be sensitive to the amount of moisture in the air. The key is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
Question 2: My hair does not like oil. I have not tried Cocoa or Shea Butter yet but I plan on trying. Oil tends to coat my hair without moisturizing it. Glycerin and water has been my Holy Grail daily moisturizer.
Question 3: I do finger detangling during the pre-poo process. However, I comb out tangles with a wide tooth comb once I put in my leave-in conditioner.

I hope this helps.
Current Regimen: I am doing protective styles for the winter. Two Strand Twists and Twist Outs. Wet hair in the middle of winter is not cute.
Favorite Products: Komaza Care Coconut Line, Kinky Curly Line, and Africare 100% Glycerin
Never Again: Carol's Daughter, Miss Jessie's, Garnier Fructis, Hot Oil Treatments
Hair Type: Texture-Spongy, Strand Size-Medium, Curl Pattern-I in the front, O in the middle, and S in the back. 4a

Moisturizing--I noticed that your siggie mentions KCKT, I use this as a leave in with KCCC when I wash weekly. I retwist each night after with AfroDetangler. For each, I am still learning how much to apply to each section. It is tricky with spongy hair because it's thirsty but once it has had enough forgetaboutit. I have just incorporated a steamer treatment into my routine in search of moisture, but it is too early to be able to note what effect this is having.

Glycerin--I have read that this liquid is off limits in cold, dry air which I definitely live in. Although I did have a wonderful experience with a Molasses AfroDetangler DT before my weekend henna a couple weekends ago.

Detangling--I started with the Denman brush, then I switched to the Denman comb. I would use these on hair loaded with moisturizer, but have relinquished detangling every night in favor of finger detangling. I will Goodwill these in favor of a shower comb.


Thank you for your suggestions.
3c or OS, fine, spongy,SL
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Routine and Products:
Henna (mo.) under steamer
Jessicurl WDT (wk.) under steamer
Granier Fructis Shampoo (mo. post henna)
Vo5 Vanilla Tea Rinsing Conditioner,
Jessicurl Too Shea, and Confident Coils (post WDT)
KCCC styler only on wet hair
Banding with silk scrunchies (nightly)
JBCO Sealer

My goodness, I just realized I am a PJ
________________________________
Still learning in the mile high and dry CO,USA



Glycerin dillima. I have heard that. The climate hear is very temperate. We have medium to high humidity year round. So even though it is cold right now, it's still wet so glycerin for me is great.

My Knot Today issue is frustrating. My spongy hair will soak up product. I usually two strand twist my hair every two weeks. So I finger detangle before I shampoo, then I do a comb through in the shower. Finally I put my hair in 12 to 14 sections, add more KT and then detangle a section at a time.

You are right, I try to be really gentle so that I don't cause breakage or excessive shedding.
Current Regimen: I am doing protective styles for the winter. Two Strand Twists and Twist Outs. Wet hair in the middle of winter is not cute.
Favorite Products: Komaza Care Coconut Line, Kinky Curly Line, and Africare 100% Glycerin
Never Again: Carol's Daughter, Miss Jessie's, Garnier Fructis, Hot Oil Treatments
Hair Type: Texture-Spongy, Strand Size-Medium, Curl Pattern-I in the front, O in the middle, and S in the back. 4a
Can we see some pics of each type? I'm finding it hard to visualize just by reading the descriptions.
I'm "TechKnockout" now.
I've tried reading the L.O.I.S. descriptions and it just confuses me so much. Maybe if I saw pictures I could understand it better.
LOIS confuses me too. I like a spectrum/scale; just easier for me.
Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe
+1. i thought something was wrong with me because i just dont get it, but if you two get confused by it as well i know im in good company!
Here is my interpretation of the L.O.I.S System:

The chart below shows the different patterns of hair. LOIS represents the strand patterns. Andre's system uses numbers and letters. Just like you find in Andre's system, we will notice that we have more than one hair pattern. For example my hair is "SO". My hair has majority "S" pattern strands but there are a few "O" strands. My oldest daughters' hair is "OS". Her hair has more "O" strands but there are some "S" strands. My youngest daughter refuses to go natural. Her hair has "I" strands (straight).

The next two steps are why I feel the L.O.I.S is better than Andre's system. If I had to use a system to help determine what products to use; LOIS would be it for me.

Strand Size
A frayed piece of thread is used to determine the strand size of your hair. I put a frayed piece of thread at the bottom of the chart. If your strand is the same size as the thread than you have medium/normal size strands. If your hair strand is thicker than the thread than your strands are thick. If your hair strand is thinner than the thread, your hair is fine.

Texture

Now I will admit that it took me a few reads to digest this portion of the system. My oldest daughter and I put our hair through the test for a couple washes until we understood and could determine which category we fit in.

Thready-hair has a low sheen, with a high shine while the hair is being (eta) held taught (as in a braid), with low frizz. Wets easily but dries quickly.

Wiry-has a sparkly sheen with low shine and low frizz. Water bounces or beads up on the hair strand. Hair never seems to get fully wet.

Cottony-has a low sheen, a high shine if hair is (eta) held taught and has high frizz. Absorbs water quickly but does not get thoroughly wet very fast.

Spongy-high sheen with low shine with a compacted looking frizz. Absorbs water before it is thoroughly wet.

Silky-low sheen and very high shine with a lot or low frizz. Easily wets in water.

I put "held taught" in bold to bring to your attention. Those two words were kind of over looked by me and my daughter when we were trying to determine the category. Those two words helped me when looking at thready vs. silky. They helped my daughter when looking at cottony vs. spongy.
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Low porosity, Fine/Medium Texture, S-Curls

Co-wash: VO5 Tea Therapy
Rinse Out: Garnier Sleek 'n Shine (subject to change)
Styler: Long Aid Curl Activator

Dislikes: Proteins (except occasional Silk protein), Cones, Oils

Last edited by teejay; 03-17-2009 at 10:28 PM.
I'm still having trouble with it.

What is meant by "sheen" and "compacted frizz?" Just going off of the LOIS system, I'm inclined to say I'm a wiry fine O girl.

My hair beads with water when it is wet. When I come out of the shower there are big globs of water beads hanging all over my hair. Like huge dew drops or something. It looks like my hair is waterproof.

ETA although I have frizz galore!
I'm "TechKnockout" now.
As you can see, I use it in my sig. but it does confuse me.
I definitely have mostly S's with a sprinkle of O's.
And I definitely have every strand texture on my head, with the coarse strands being freakishly rare. I know there's one strand (not a clump ONE strand) behind my left ear that I marvel at when my hand plays across it.
But that cottony, thready, silky etc. fully fits none of my hairs. My 4a-ish hair fits cottony, but it does NOT shine ever. It's dull stretched or not. My 3c-ish hair seems to fit spongy exactly, but I also think it could also fall under thready or silky. But I'm curious as to how silky hair can be both low or a lot of frizz.
layer cake of tight, spongy and silky/thready S strands that kink more than they coil
spiced with a few spiral coils and non-curling waves
mostly medium and fine with a sprinkle of coarse strands
protein is yummy

Last edited by CoilyOne1812; 03-18-2009 at 02:23 AM.
Coily One, you may have a spongy hair texture. It is the only one without shine. However, your hair should not be dull. It should have a healthy sheen to it. Does your hair hold water? In the shower can your wring out the water out of your hair or does it seem to go right through without holding water?
Current Regimen: I am doing protective styles for the winter. Two Strand Twists and Twist Outs. Wet hair in the middle of winter is not cute.
Favorite Products: Komaza Care Coconut Line, Kinky Curly Line, and Africare 100% Glycerin
Never Again: Carol's Daughter, Miss Jessie's, Garnier Fructis, Hot Oil Treatments
Hair Type: Texture-Spongy, Strand Size-Medium, Curl Pattern-I in the front, O in the middle, and S in the back. 4a

Last edited by cayisha_azul; 03-18-2009 at 08:33 AM. Reason: Punctuation
Coily One, you may have a spongy hair texture. It is the only one without shine. However, your hair should not be dull. It should have a healthy sheen to it. Does your hair hold water? In the shower can your wring out the water out of your hair or does it seem to go right through without holding water?
Originally Posted by cayisha_azul
I can wring out my hair! In fact, it's what I do before getting out of the shower! What does this mean?
I'm "TechKnockout" now.
TK

Sheen is a dull reflection of light. Natural hair should show some luster although it will not be as shiny as straight or relaxed hair. Shine has a sharp reflection of light (like the shine of straight or relaxed hair.)

As for compacted frizz; the frizz is not in random sections but it is all together. (Don't quote me on this. Still researching just to be sure.)
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BC 11/23/2008
Low porosity, Fine/Medium Texture, S-Curls

Co-wash: VO5 Tea Therapy
Rinse Out: Garnier Sleek 'n Shine (subject to change)
Styler: Long Aid Curl Activator

Dislikes: Proteins (except occasional Silk protein), Cones, Oils
CoilyOne

Silky-low sheen and very high shine with a lot or low frizz. Easily wets in water.

You can have one or the other. Not both together. Some people with silky hair may have low frizz, while others may have a lot of frizz.
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BC 11/23/2008
Low porosity, Fine/Medium Texture, S-Curls

Co-wash: VO5 Tea Therapy
Rinse Out: Garnier Sleek 'n Shine (subject to change)
Styler: Long Aid Curl Activator

Dislikes: Proteins (except occasional Silk protein), Cones, Oils

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