Hair Texture



I’ve seen a lot of hair blogs and videos about this topic. Sometimes the topic comes up like this, “Girl, what’s your hair texture?” “My hair texture is 4c, 4b, 4a, and 5f.” This is actually incorrect. The definition of hair texture is actually the diameter of a single strand of hair. So what this is referring to is whether your hair is fine, medium, or coarse. This is something learned by folks studying Cosmetology, so you probably wouldn’t know this unless you are a Cosmetologist or a Cosmetology student. Hair texture doesn’t have anything to do with the curl pattern of the hair. The “technical” term for what has been confused with hair texture is actually called the wave pattern. Wave patterns are classified into 4 categories: straight, wavy, curly, and extremely curly.

In short, hair texture= fine, medium, or coarse hair and wave pattern=straight, wavy, curly, or extremely curly. So the conversation should look more like this:

Girl A: “Girl, what’s your hair texture?”

Girl B: ” Fine to medium textured.”

Girl A: “Girl, what’s your wave pattern?”

Girl B: “Extremely curly.” (Or you could insert 2a, 3b, 4c, 8d)

Hope this was helpful to someone.



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