When you first go natural you might be asking yourself, What's my hair type? Am I Type 2, 3, or 4?
#ASKNikki: Does hair type and curl pattern really matter?
How important is hair type in helping you pick products, helping you style your hair, or helping you figure out what shampoo or conditioner to use?
I have a friend who has the same type as me. But because of different factors like porosity, length, and density, knowing that we both were Type 3c didn't really make a difference. We like completely different products. However, a lot of products now will tell you what curl pattern they're formulated for right on the label, for example loose waves or tight coils. This matters most for styling products. For example, my curly hair is fine and loves styling products that are very moisturizing.
Some curlies get caught up in hair typing, but I suggest taking time figuring out what products work for your hair specifically.
These are some of my longtime holy grail stylers for my unique head of curls.
- Miss Jessie's Jelly Soft Curls
- Kinky Curly Knot Today
- Camille Rose Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel
- Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme
- Tigi Catwalk Curlesque Curls Rock Amplifier
- Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion
So, does hair type matter to you?
For me, not so much. Of course, it's a matter of preference; sometimes knowing your hair type is super helpful in choosing the right hairstyles and products for your own unique head of curls. Let me know what you think in the comment section below!