Is This The End Of The Hair Typing Chart?

Is This The End Of The Hair Typing Chart?

Have you seen the hair chart that classifies hair texture from type 2 to type 4 ?

What type did you get?

Well I’m going to have to tell you 

 This chart has potential to be problematic! 


 This chart lists various textures of hair according to straightness, curl & thickness.

 A person could determine where their hair fits on the hair chart and could say -“ my hair is type 4b“ or “ I’m a 2a”.

   It’s been charged with being divisive and colonial.

It has often left some with highly textured hair feeling that they are grouped dead last with the most undesirable hair.
 The opposite effect can occur for the looser hair types towards the top of the chart, with elevated views of those hair types.

  Ultimately this hair typing chart can cause  lower self esteem and division. 


Why are we saying hair is hair?

  Do you know that on every person’s scalp the hair follicle has exactly the same structure? We all have the same hair follicles from the root down. 

Guess what ? Our hair follicles are all made of keratin, which is the same biologic extension material as fingernails. Every human being has the same thing. 

source - Cleveland Clinic


There is a difference though- see the root on the image above?

The way it’s shaped determines whether hair is curly, coiled or straight. 

sourceSkin Kraft 


Straight hair has a round follicle 

Curly hair has a oval follicle 

Coiled hair has a flat follicle 

Most people can have more than one type in their scalps. 

It’s a lot simpler when you use this method- this is the way scientific hair professionals classify hair. 



Dryness plagues hair follicle types that are coiled. Due to the shape of the hair turning and coiling . Human hair sebum, our natural oils, has a harder time making its way to the ends of hair due to the many turns.

  Coils can be vulnerable due to their tendency towards dryness. Coiled hair responds well to thicker hair products like Black castor oil and Shea Butter with beneficial moisture protection from breakage.

  Look for deep moisture oils like avocado , rosemary and mint -found in our Jetsetter oil for dry hair and scalp issues. 

Curly ( and wavy )

Similar to coiled hair, the twists and turns of this hair follicle shape can slow down the sebum from our scalp a little less than coiled hair. Curly hair can be dry as well and experience vulnerability due to dryness.

  This follicle shape often needs additional moisture like mid weight oils and butters like avocado and hazelnut , applied to the older parts of hair - middle to the ends. 

Jetsetter has deep moisture mid weight oils perfect for coils, curls and wavy hair 



 Straight hair has a round follicle shape and offers hardly any resistance to our hair sebum from making its way down the hair shaft. Oftentimes the natural scalp oil is so abundant that this hair type will appear and feel greasy quickly if not washed frequently.

  With longer straight hair the ends can still become dry due to the increased distance between the scalp and the hair ends.

 This hair type can benefit from light oils that mimic natural hair oils such as jojoba applied to the ends of hair. Heavy oils are likely to weigh this hair type down. Upcoming Oil that we tested on straight, wavy and  curly hair made with jojoba oil and mint.
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 Well it’s up to you what you think about this, but we are not going to classify hair types based on the above hair typing chart.

We are just going to use Coiled (fluffy!) , Curly (and wavy), or  Straight ( Sometimes fine hair behaves like straight as well) 

  We’ll recommend each hair type use either a mid to heavy weight oil or butter , or use a lighter oil based on their hair follicle shape based on the above information. 

Natural Rock’N Beauty is not catering to one hair follicle shape anymore as well, such as on the old hair type chart type 4 as we did in the past. We can help all hair follicles types!

  After all hair has the same makeup, hair follicle types just need different weights of products .

 I must say that learning holistic trichology has opened up the world of hair truths that are often hidden from the consumers. 

Hope this helps, happy growing! 

C.Ivy founder, holistic trichologist 



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