What's my hair type? 4a? 3c?
I'm currently transitioning, right now I am 7 months post relaxer. I know it's difficult to type hair if there's still relaxed ends, but can anyone help anyways? Thank you!
4a or 4a/4b. It's too soon/short to tell because it is stretched out.
Let me first start by saying that I'm a new natural. I transitioned for 10.5 months and just did my big chop about 3 weeks ago. So I won't claim to be an expert at anything 'natural'. But I do want to tell you this. In my experience I, too, focused on what my hair type is/was. I watched You Tube videos until I was blue in the face and I still watch them even today to try and figure out what the heck I should do with my hair post big chop. So anyway, what I finally concluded was this... It really DOES NOT matter what your hair type is. At the end of the day (and at the end of your transitioning journey) what you will find is that whole 'typing' system is pointless for one reason and one reason only - there are absolutely NO products out there that will list hair types that the product is most suited for. I have never seen a jar, tub or bottle of any product that says "for type 3a, 4b, 2c, etc." hair. So again, it's pointless.Your better bet (in my opinion) would be to do a porosity test on your hair - something you can do at home and it costs absolutely NOTHING! Once you figure out your porosity, you can do some research on what INGREDIENTS you need to look for in products that will work best for your porosity type. I SO wish I had know this bit of information DURING my transition. It wasn't until about 2 weeks after I big chopped and couldn't figure out how to hydrate my extremely dry (3c/4a) hair. I must've spend hundreds of hours watching You Tube videos on people who rant and rave a about a product or two, then spent hundreds of dollars buying (and sometimes returning) those same products that did NOT work for my hair. When I finally did my porosity test and found out that I'm low porosity I did my research and figured out exactly WHY those didn't work for me - it was all in the ingredients! So... Lesson learned (for me anyway)... So please, for the sake of time, money and a lot of frustration, do a porosity test and then do your research on your porosity type. Afterwards, ONLY buy products with ingredients that fit your porosity. I wish I could reach out to every transitioner and naturalist out there to tell them this but for now I will settle for web site Q&As and other reviews.Thanks for reading and best of luck on your journey.