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What’s My Hair Type?

Hair Typing is a tricky issue. Hair curls, coils, kinks or lack of are unique to the individual and setting a generic system to classify hair can leave some on the wayside. I have seen a lot of misinformation on some blogs on hair typing, so I thought I would tackle it. This is because whether one thinks it’s important to know or not, it can get very confusing in online discussions and forums if one doesn’t know how to reference the system. Also it gives general direction in how to care for strands although most people have a mixture of hair textures.

The best hair typing system I’ve seen is the NaturallyCurly.com one which was developed from the Andre Walker system, which is the one I reference. The other systems such as the L.O.I.S. African American Texture Typing System and the Mizani hair chart  can also be used.

So basically, there are 4 types of hair patterns, with sub-types:
Type 1 is straight hair
Type 2 is wavy hair
Type 3 is curly hair
Type 4 is coily hair.

Most black people and people of mixed African descent, have type 3 or 4 hair so I will concentrate on those types.

I have found that the easiest way to see your hair texture is when the hair is wet and has water running through it like in the shower. The natural hair texture can be hard to discern when it’s laden with products and has been manipulated.

For example, Esperanza Spalding seems to have a mixture of 4a, 4b and 4c hair, her hair can look very different depending on how she styles it.

 

Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

 

Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

Type 3 Curly Hair  Type 3 has:
• Well defined curls that range from lightly curled hair to very curly hair.
• Hair has a lot of body
• It is easily styled in its natural curly state and easily straightened with a blow dryer
• Use styling creams, butters and oils for type 3 especially type 3c hair
• This hair type needs extra moisture and tender-loving care because it can be fragile
• Make sure hair gets detangled with a wide tooth comb or using fingers
• Do not use a brush or a fine toothed comb on your dry curls
• Reduce tangles by sleeping on a satin pillowcase or wrap hair in a satin cap.Type 3 is further divided into:
3a: Curly Twirly
3b: Curly Spirally
3c: Curly Coily

3a – Curly Twirly

Colombian Singer Shakira

Colombian Singer Shakira

Shakira

Shakira

Pattern: Definate loopy S pattern
Circumference: sidewalk chalk size
Curls are springy and shiny. It is usually soft and fine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 3b – Curly Spirally

English ZImbabwean actress Natalie Gumede

English ZImbabwean actress Natalie Gumede

American actress Keri Russell

American actress Keri Russell

Zimbabwean model Amanda Crewe

Zimbabwean model Amanda Crewe

Pattern: Bouncy ringlets to tight corkscrews
Circumference: Mighty marker size
Curls are not really shiny and its texture can be quite coarse

3c – Curly Coily

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross

 

German Nigerian singer Nneka

German Nigerian singer Nneka

 Pattern: Voluminous, tight corkscrew curls
Circumference: Pencil size

Fine curls usually densely packed

Type 4: Coily Hair

Type 4 has:
• Hair that can range from fine and thin to wiry and coarse strands
• Hair can range from tightly coiled hair with an S pattern to very tightly kinked strands that seem to not have any definition
• Coily hair has fewer cuticle layers than any other hair type, which means that it has less protection from the damage inflicted by combing, brushing, curling, blow-drying and straightening
• It is the most fragile hair type and is not as easily styled. This hair type needs extra moisture and tender-loving care because of its fragility
• Reduce tangles and breakage by sleeping on a satin pillowcase or wrap hair in a satin cap.

Type 4 is further divided into:
4a: Coily Springy
4b: Coily Crimpy
4c: Coily Ziggly

4a – Coily Springy

American singer Leela James

American singer Leela James

    

 

Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American singer Macy Gray

American singer Macy Gray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pattern: Tightly coiled hair with an S pattern
Circumference: Crochet needle size spirals

• 4a hair has more moisture than 4b and can be wiry or fine-textured. It is very fragile with lots of strands densely packed together.
• Co-washing the hair will cleanse and condition your coils without stripping out its natural oils
• Restore and renew your dry coils by deep conditioning weekly and moisturise it daily to hydrate, soften and nourish the hair.

4b -Coily Crimpy

Zimbabwean British singer Shingai Shoniwa

Zimbabwean British singer Shingai Shoniwa

 

Shingai Shoniwa

Shingai Shoniwa

Pattern: Curl pattern is less defined with a Z pattern, it bends in sharp angles instead of coiling or curling• Type 4b hair has a cotton-like feel
• The hair is very wiry, very tightly coiled or bent in Z shapes and very, very fragile. Great care must be taken when working with it.
• Type 4 hair can range from fine/thin to wiry/coarse with lots and lots of strands densely packed together.
• Type 4b hair often shrinks up to 75% of the actual hair in length.

• Use a heavy creamy cleanser to keep your coils healthy and moisturised
• Detangling is essential and must be taken with care, either with conditioner with lots of slip with water and a wide toothed comb/fingers or with lots of oil without any water
• Seal in moisture and add shine to your dry fragile hair with creams and butters. The LOC method (Liquid such as water or leave in conditioner, then an oil such as coconut or olive oil then a cream) is beneficial with this hair type.
• Restore and renew your dry coils by deep conditioning weekly and moisturise it daily to hydrate, soften and nourish the hair.

4c –

American hairoine Cipriana

American hairoine Cipriana

Pattern: Curl pattern will almost never clump without a specific hair style

• It can range from fine/thin/super soft to wiry/coarse with lots of densely packed strands.
• 4c hair has been described as a more “challenging” version of 4b hair.
• Some say 4c looks identical to 4b except that the curls are so tightly kinked, there is seemingly no definition. 4c hair can shrink more than 75%

• Limit your cleansing to heavy co-washing conditioners
• Use products like oils, creams and butters to moisturise and seal your coils
• Use heavy butters to help elongate your hair.
• Deep condition and moisturise often.

I have a mixture of fine, low to medium density strands that fall mostly into 4a and 4b.. Most of my hair consists of tiny spiral coils, like a pen spring and S curls which sometimes look straight but when wet they are S shaped. Parts of the front and crown consist of strands that are a mixture of S and Z strands, sometimes the strands even look S curled from the root, then near the ends they have kinks with sharp bends. The hair here demands the most moisture and tangles very easily.

What type do you think you are?

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The Noisettes for HIFA

Guess who’s coming to town, after I just did a post on her?

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Source: Tumblr

Yes, Shingai Shoniwa with The Noisettes! I’m stoked! The Noisettes are one of the headlining acts for the Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA) this year. So excited….

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Hair and Style Icon: Shingai Shoniwa

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I absolutely love Shingai Shoniwa. I especially love her hair and her style.

To my surprise, not many people know of her in Zimbabwe, but I have noticed her fame has been increasing since she came and sang a bit with Oliver Mtukudzi (a renowned Zimbabwean musician). She has such a gorgeous voice and she lead sings while playing bass on some songs, which is quite impressive.

The Noisettes

The Noisettes

Did I mention that I really dig her? Well I do, which is why I decided to do my first icon feature on her and maybe next time she’s here, I can do a real live interview!

Shingai Elizabeth Maria Shoniwa is a British singer of Zimbabwean descent. Shingai means ‘be strong’ in Shona. She is the lead singer and bassist of the UK indie band The Noisettes.

She is also signed with NEXT Model Management London.
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She was born on September 22, 1981 and has been singing since she was 8. “She used to hold a mugoti (big flat wooden spoon) and pretend it was a microphone and sing,” her mother told Zimbo Jam.

Impromptu performance at Mekka in Harare with Tinashe Mukarati and Dan Smith

Impromptu performance at Mekka in Harare with Tinashe Mukarati and Dan Smith

The Noisettes was formed in 2003 when Shoniwa and guitarist Dan Smith were attending the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon. This same school was attended by other well known singers like Adele and Leona Lewis.

The band first achieved commercial success and nationwide recognition with the second single of their second album, “Don’t Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go)” which reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in Spring 2009.

Since then the Noisettes have toured Europe and the United States extensively, with the likes of TV on the Radio, Tom Vek, Babyshambles, Bloc Party, the Mystery Jets, Muse and Lady Gaga.

They have also appeared at numerous festivals including the 2012 London Olympic celebrations.

Shingai with her mom Leoba Kureya

Shingai with her mom Leoba Kureya

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From Nokia’s Shot by Fans

At Club Mekka, in Harare, ZImbabwe

At Club Mekka, in Harare, ZImbabwe

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In Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe

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* Biographical info from Wikipedia and ZimboJam. All photos sourced from Tumblr.

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More beautiful Zimbabwean natural hair

Shingai Shonhiwa of The Noisettes

Shingai Shonhiwa of The Noisettes

Singer Chiwoniso Maraire

Singer Chiwoniso Maraire

Zimbabwean model

Zimbabwean model

Zimbabwean model

Zimbabwean model

The talented Ammara Brown

The talented Ammara Brown

Another beautiful Zimbo

Another beautiful Zimbo

Zimbo model

Zimbo model

Lovely hair

Lovely hair

British actress Thandie Newton of Zimbabwean/English descent

British actress Thandie Newton of Zimbabwean/English descent

Zimbabwean songbird Hope Masike

Zimbabwean songbird Hope Masike

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Gorgeous Zimbabwean women and natural hair

Amanda Crewe

Amanda Crewe

Former Miss Zimbabwe Lenah Zinyama

Former Miss Zimbabwe Lenah Zinyama

Miss Shingai Shonhiwa

Miss Shingai Shonhiwa

Former Miss Zimbabwe Rachel Stuart with natural hair

Former Miss Zimbabwe Rachel Stuart with natural hair

The beautiful Natalie Gumede

The beautiful Natalie Gumede

Nadia Nakai Kandava

Nadia Nakai Kandava

Actress Danai Gurira

Actress Danai Gurira

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Beautiful natural haired lady

Beautiful natural haired lady

Zimbabwean model with natural hair

Zimbabwean model with natural hair

Lovely Zimbo lady

Lovely Zimbo lady

Zimbabwean model Rosanna Hall

Zimbabwean model Rosanna Hall

Miss Zimbabwe Universe 2000 Corinne Crewe

Miss Zimbabwe Universe 2000 Corinne Crewe

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Shingai Shoniwa named Mizani brand ambassador

ImageImageShingai Shoniwa Named as Celebrity Ambassador for Mizani http://www.beautyscene.net/beauty-campaign/shingai-shoniwa-named-as-celebrity-ambassador-for-mizani/ Shingai Shoniwa appointed as Mizani brand ambassador

The fabulous Shingai Shoniwa has been appointed as hair care specialists Mizani’s firt ever brand ambassador. Mizani is a premium hair care brand and part of L’Oreal and have a range of products for natural and relaxed hair. The brand is a staple for many african/black hair salons across the world. Shingai, the Zimbabwean lead singer of the British band The Noisettes says “ “ I’m a huge fan of MIZANI’s products and their philosophy, so I’m honoured to have been selected to represent the brand as their first ever celebrity ambassador. I love to experiment and I’m constantly changing up my style, so the MIZANI range is perfect for me, particularly their True Textures collection as it caters to natural hair types like mine. All of the products are fantastic and contain the right balance of protein and moisture, which keeps my hair beautifully nourished, shiny and healthy. Plus, with everything from shampoos to strengthening treatments and styling products, whatever style I want to create, they’ve got all my haircare needs covered.”

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Hairoines

Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae

Goapele with dreadlocks

Goapele with dreadlocks

Goapele

Goapele

Yaya

Yaya

Kim Love from Kimmaytube

Kim Love from Kimmaytube

Inna Modja

Inna Modja

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae

Shingai Shoniwa

Shingai Shoniwa

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