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We curlies often have contrasting ideas about Andre's hair typing system, and with good reason: it's an imperfect system.

That said, I personally think typing should be attempted on dry hair because wet hair relaxes curl patterns and alters textures, often in unpredictable ways.

Do you have pics of your hair fully dry and without being weighed down by a lot of product like oil, activator, etc.?
Originally Posted by Korkscrew
Oh, thanks for telling me that. Just for the record, I only apply gel which works great for my short hair. However, when it grows longer, I should change my regimen because I can't imagine crispy, stiff and hard long curls. I do have pictures of my hair fully dry, washed etc.
Am I maybe in between 3c/4a? I dunno. Post your hair-imageuploadedbytapatalk1375993804.470296.jpgPost your hair-imageuploadedbytapatalk1375993828.926812.jpg
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Interesting curl pattern. From those pics it seems the curls in back could be tighter, while the rest of your hair is a little looser I'd guess a 4a, possibly w/some 3c tendencies.

It will be interesting to see what your hair looks like once it's grown out some. You'll probably have a better idea of your type it is in a few months.

Maybe someone else can offer a second opinion
3b/c?

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Interesting curl pattern. From those pics it seems the curls in back could be tighter, while the rest of your hair is a little looser I'd guess a 4a, possibly w/some 3c tendencies.

It will be interesting to see what your hair looks like once it's grown out some. You'll probably have a better idea of your type it is in a few months.

Maybe someone else can offer a second opinion
Originally Posted by Korkscrew
Yeah, it's a weird pattern. But I do agree that It'll be easier to determine when my hair grows out longer.
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Post your hair-imageuploadedbycurltalk1376345600.633355.jpg I think they are 3b 😊
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3A Curl Pattern, Low Porosity, High Density, Medium Width, Long Length

Loving my curls/waves!


Product loves: Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars, ACV rinses, Suave Naturals Conditioner wash on in between days, silk scrunchies, Ouidad Curl refreshing spray, Avocado/olive oil/honey deep treatment, Coconut oil on ends/length

Currently waist length while wet and going for waist length while dry!
Long time, no post, lol. I'm at 9 months of growth now. I'll post more pics later, but this is from a couple weeks ago:

Long time, no post, lol. I'm at 9 months of growth now. I'll post more pics later, but this is from a couple weeks ago:

Originally Posted by CurlyMan82
Cool hair! Did/do you use any products? I'd like to know!
Just joined the forum. Looking for all the help/suggestions/tips/knowledge I can find as I am making the transition from constantly short hair to waves. Going for as close to 360Waves as is possible. My hair is curly when it grows out, but I've been working on growing it/training it for waves going on 4 months now and here's my current status


I'm looking for suggestions on what I can use to really activate & enhance my curls so I can get tighter waves.
Sorry for the long novel, but why not make my first post a good one right?!
Just joined the forum. Looking for all the help/suggestions/tips/knowledge I can find as I am making the transition from constantly short hair to waves. Going for as close to 360Waves as is possible. My hair is curly when it grows out, but I've been working on growing it/training it for waves going on 4 months now and here's my current status


I'm looking for suggestions on what I can use to really activate & enhance my curls so I can get tighter waves.
Sorry for the long novel, but why not make my first post a good one right?!
Originally Posted by krs1demian
Your hair is gorgeous. Thick. Glossy. Wow.

Not sure I understand what "training your hair" means but that term sounds dubious IMO. Can tell you this: One of the main wavy/curly hair "rules" is that wavy/curly hair knows exactly what it wants to be "when it grows up", regardless of what the owner would like it to be.

There's little we can do to change our hair's basic pattern that doesn't involve "setting" it via manual manipulation (flattening it with a hat, tying it up, using some sort of tension a la roller or curl former set, twist out, etc.), or applying chemicals and/or heat.

The easiest path to maintaining top condition of wavy/curly hair is to take the path of least resistance, like learning what products and styles work for your hair, personally. You can find info about this all over the web, including at this site.
3b/c?

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Last edited by Korkscrew; 08-18-2013 at 03:07 AM.
Thank you for kind words. My emphasis was more so on the techniques, and products/recipes I could try out as a part of the "learning what my hair likes process"
For example, I wash my hair 2x a week with a "curl enhancing" shampoo, comb my hair in the shower, use some Shea Moisture products (curl enhancing smoothie, curl enhancing milk aka leave in conditioner) brush and wave cap/durag.

But I don't have a real method or regiment, it's all pretty random. I'm obviously make some progress, or should I say waves, lol, but I think I could do more/better.

Thanks again & i'm definitely going to be looking around for more info as you suggested.
OK, I see You're welcome! ... Honestly, I'm not sure what you need help with cause it looks like your routine at this point is working well for you IMO.
3b/c?

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OK, I see You're welcome! ... Honestly, I'm not sure what you need help with cause it looks like your routine at this point is working well for you IMO.
Originally Posted by Korkscrew
Thank you. I feel like I need help to boost/enhance/activate my curls. Looking for products or recipes. Also I think it would be helpful (and this task is on me) to understand my hair a little better, ie. porosity (??) protein (???) etc.
I ditched my first response because it was an annoying, sanctimonious rant about how much you should love your hair just the way it is. Then it occurred to me that no, you really don't have to love or even like your hair just the way it is. If you choose to stay naturally wavy/curly over time you will come to understand the benefits and limitations of your hair; what it's willing to do or not do. As for "training", you will find that your natural hair has you on a leash, rather than the other way around. Your job is to listen carefully to what it wants. The better you listen, the springier and healthier it will be. And yes, you can learn about properties and ingredients and healthy wavy or curly care. That will all help you immensely.

You can go to the newbie forum and look at the "CG routine" if you want to try that (something tells me that could be too heavy for you, but I could be wrong. May be worth a go). KCCC enhances waves and curls for many. So does FSG. Go forth and mingle with others. Enjoy the journey
3b/c?

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The issue (not really an issue but,) I'm having with my hair is:

I was told my hair is 4a/4b, but my hair behaves and looks like 4a (I think), then I have my front and top that are loose like a corkscrew with a few that are coffee straw sized, then I have the sides of my hair that have a combination of corkscrew, coffee straw.

My back like my sides have a combination of corkscrew and coffee straw as well.

The only parts that are z shaped are the tiny patches (to the point of non existence) on my temples.

My sides look like hers with corkscrews thrown about:
http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mc...omjpo1_500.jpg

My front and top look like this: (with my nape looking like her sides)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/naturallycur...s/girls/3c.jpg

That said I love my hair and I actually get a lot of compliments when I wear it coiled and curled, even my mom is more supportive now than when I first started growing it out.

It just drives me nuts sometimes.
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Last edited by Spidernoir; 08-21-2013 at 04:57 PM.
Around 9 and a half months of growth:



I do like to see a curly bloke! Great photos guys, wear those curls and waves with pride....
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