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yueliang 10-22-2013 10:44 PM

What hair type am I?
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I'm 14 years old, almost fifteen, and lately I've been greatly considering going natural. For a while now, I've been researching styles and trying to figure out exactly what "hair type" I am. Just recently the idea that my hair could be severely heat damaged crossed my mind. I've been getting my hair straightened using the "Dominican method" since about 5th grade and before that my mother would hot comb my hair. I've gotten my hair using this method roughly every 2-3 weeks since fifth grade skipping one of two summers almost entirely, I'm currently in ninth grade. I've never gotten my hair permed or relaxed and my hair is currently just past "bra strap length" and judging by my seventh grade year book photo, where it was a little less than neck length, I'd say it's been growing very well. Early this summer, towards the middle of June, I got my ends clipped to about shoulder length. I've attached a few photos of my hair after it's been freshly washed at a salon. My question is, after reading this, do you think my hair texture is severely damaged/loosened from the excessive heat or do you think it's been moderately damaged and this is mainly my natural hair texture. Also, judging by the attached photos, what do you think my hair type is? One last thing you should know about me is that I do have some European and Native American roots mixed in with my African American ethnicity. Those roots are not exactly immediate, but my grandparents and great grandparents were mixed with white and many types of native american as well as black and some of them were even immediate biracial. My father claims that I receive my hair texture from my Native American great grandmother and that his hair is also very similar to mine, but I'm still afraid that it could very well just be that my hair is damaged. Thank you xx.:love5:

multicultcurly 10-23-2013 03:28 PM

It's difficult to tell from the pictures you posted. The sides seem to be 3a/3b, but the front seems to either be severely dehydrated or 4b. You may have some damage. Either way you need to learn your hair properties and lay off the heat styling until your hair is healthy. is a great site to learn about this, as well as get an analysis done. Your properties are key to getting your hair healthy again. Curl pattern is important when it comes to styling and cutting, but not care and products.

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KiraSavannah 10-27-2013 06:28 PM

I see a lot of heat damage unfortunately :(
Your natural texture is what your roots are, if you want to see your natural texter you will have to stop using heat and do protective styles, your heat damage looks like 3b/c, but your roots could be 4b. Could you post a clear pic of your roots. Also, race doesn't define hair. Obama is mixed and they still call him black lol.

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forevercurly96 10-28-2013 10:18 AM

Most of your hair is severly damaged. Your natural texture is what I am seeing at the roots. If you want to you can cut all the damged parts of your hair ie the looser curls caused by damage. If you do I'd love to see the results :D

Korkscrew 10-28-2013 08:39 PM

Yeah, I completely agree with FC96.

Your hair looks very damaged and it will look so much fuller, so much healthier once you cut all that damage off and let the beauty of your natural texture shine through.

I get that it's a horrible image, but: stringy, heat damaged hair reminds me of damaged limbs that should have been amputated. They're completely out of place and not even a little bit cute.

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