Hair Types


The central goal Ayurveda is nothing less than a state of perfect health in which everyone is inwardly in balance and outwardly in harmony with the environment and the laws of nature. Just as it is important for our bodies to maintain balance in order to be healthy (or free from dis-ease), our hair needs a balance of both moisture and protein to promote healthy hair growth.

Nowadays it is essential to know your hair type. Knowing your hair type allows you to more easily determine which products and ingredients are right for you. Because we are such a diverse ethnic group when it comes to hair (i.e. biracial, hispanic, african,etc.) it is hard to classify african american hair into any one set-in-stone category.

One of the most widely used hair classification systems today was created by Oprah Winfrey's hair stylist, Andre Walker. He attempts to classify various hair types in "Andre Talks Hair". His system is the original & the one we still refer to classify hair textures.

Andre classifies hair into four types:

Type 1 - Straight Hair (1a, 1b, 1c)
Type 2 - Wavy Hair (2a, 2b, 2c)
Type 3 - Curly Hair (3a, 3b)
Type 4 - Kinky Hair (4a, 4b)
Interested in learning some of the "language" of black hair? Watch this comical PSA from "The Melissa Harris-Perry Show".