Why I Don’t Type My Natural Hair

March 9, 2019

The natural hair-typing chart is supposed to be used as a guide โ€“ a resource for identifying your own hair type and using this information to care for your specific hair texture; from which natural products are best suited to your hair type, to which styles will get the most wear.

Yes, I said supposed toโ€ฆ The more information we have about our hair, the better, right?ย  Wellโ€ฆ

Let Me Explain


(originally posted 09/20/2012)


  • Reply Meg December 5, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I’m glad you had the epiphany, that was the original subject of this comment. America has a beauty standard so the photos on the boxes are what they are, but knowing your hair type allows you to ignore the marketing and seek what your hair (or body) needs.

  • Reply Meg December 5, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Also from the image I thought your argument would be “because most people have multiple hair types”. I have a 2 texture at the top and have developed a 4 in the back, my infant daughter has all three 3-textures lol so the question would be caring for multiple textures on the same head, and that’s where typing breaks down, but the truth is moisture, conditioning and oiling cure all sins and treat all hair types.

  • Reply NappyGoddesse December 15, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Hi Meg! I’m hoping that this post was helpful for you, although I’m not quite sure by your comment if it was or was not. Either way, thank you for reading the post and leaving a comment. I’d like to explore how to care for multiple textures on one head, because I do experience that as well. I’m thinking a new post idea coming soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

    How do you care for your multiple textures? Care to share on my blog? If so, send me an email! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Kelly j March 17, 2016 at 3:41 am

    I agree with what u said n ur blog. I have two textures of hair and so far it’s been an up hill battle learning to take care of my natural hair. Please keep write this good info for us hair novice.

    • Reply AskMeAboutMyHair March 17, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Hang in there, Kelly j! Before you can ride that downhill, you have to climb up and the journey will seem a bit like uneven terrain at first. But you will get it and it will become like second nature.

      Thank you so much for your support and for reading my blog! If there is anything you need to know, or any ideas you have for a post, let me know and I will work on it.

  • Reply Jess June 9, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Thank you Kelly, for this blog. To this day I still don’t know what my hair type is. Is that with product; without product? When I wash my natural hair, none of those pictures fit. I have learned to care for what I know is God’s gift. Whatever type I have, it is beautiful! I am a little disappointed at some, who I have known that turned back to relaxers. My hair has never been so thick, long, and to me gorgeous. I never knew what lay beneath hiding my identity. It’s who God created me to be. He gave me “clay-doh”. I can mold it to be whatever I want it to be; including straight! Thank you once again.

    • Reply AskMeAboutMyHair August 9, 2016 at 8:03 pm

      Thank you for those thoughts, Jess! And I would agree that our hair is our crowning glory…

      But don’t be too hard on those who may have gone back to the relaxer. Sometimes women have to do what is easiest for them – natural hair is work! So just be an example of natural hair goodness to them and maybe they’ll come back to the natural! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Best, Fern

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