Different Types of Natural Hair and How to Choose Yours.

Different Types of Natural Hair and How to Choose Yours.

Once you can establish which kind of hair type and texture you have, it will be much easier to find the perfect hair dryer and products to treat your hair.


The short and sweet of hair textures (diameter of the hair shaft):

Fine – Very thin hair strands that are naturally oily.

Medium– Does not break easily it’s in between fine and course (the ideal hair texture)

Coarse-Thick strands that are naturally dryer.

Below are the four different types of natural hair and textures:

 Straight hair

If your hair is quite oily and super straight then you fall into this category.

The three types of straight hair:


  • Extremely Straight.
  • Very difficult to keep it curled without using tons of hair spray.
  • Oily, thin strands.
  • Pretty much lifeless, has no body.


  • Slight kinks at the ends.
  • Easier to curl.
  • More volume.
  • Also an oily hair texture.


  • Very Straight.
  • Naturally full of body.
  • Curls easily and holds the curls very well.
  • Thicker strands.
  • Will easily frizz.
  • This hair type is less oily.

The three types of wavy hair:

Do you permanently have the surfer girl look with your wavy hair? Then this is definitely your hair type.


  • Tangles easily.
  • A slight bend here and there.
  • Not frizzy.
  • Easy to style.
  • Might be a little bit oily.


  • More tightly drawn waves, will bounce back if you pull your fingers through your hair.
  • Tends to frizz
  • Difficult to style
  • This hair type is less oily.


  • Extremely frizzy.
  • Difficult to style.
  • Thick strands/waves.
  • Not to be brushed too often, rather style with moisturizing products and your fingers.

The three types of curly hair:

Is your hair curly, full of body and you don’t even own a curling iron? Below are the 3 different types of curls associated with this hair type:

All 3 types of curls below tend to be dryer and frizz more. This is due to the hairs natural oils not easily travelling down the hair shaft because of the shape of the hair strands. Try to trade shampoo with a conditioner wash every now and then.

This hair type can also be fine, medium or coarse and the curls differ in size from pencil to marker.

Loose / Loopy Curls

  • Has a definite S-pattern, full of body. The weather can play a great role on the overall appearance and frizziness of your hair.

Stretched out Spiral Curls

  • These curls tend to be more prominent, tightly drawn and away from the roots focusing more on the ends.

Tight Springy Curls

  • Tight spiral curls all the way from the roots to the tips. This type of hair damages easily. It is difficult to style as it knots easily, it will become frizzy without extra moisturizing products. Opt for the wet look every now and then or a leave in conditioner and don’t use heating tools too often.

The three types of kinky hair

Poofy Afro from the 1970’s without product or a perm? Then you’ve found your hair type.

This type of hair tends to shrink by more than half of its actual length; the texture also differs between the 3 types of kinky hair.

Although people tend to think that kinky hair is strong and unbreakable, that is actually quite the opposite this type of hair can also be very delicate and also varies from fine to coarse just like any other hair type. Dry scalp may occur with this hair type especially when harsh chemicals are used to relax the hair. Moisturizing products should be used

Kinky hair types:

1.Tightly coiled curls, springy with a clearly defined curl pattern.

2. Z- Shaped and S-shaped curl patterns both to be seen, kind of crimped and fluffy in some cases, still clear curl patterns at the end.

3. Hard to detangle, with no definite curl pattern the most fragile of all the types of hair.

To determine your hair type:

Gently wash your hair with a sulfate free shampoo. Don’t use a hair dryer for this test as it will change the curling Different-types-of-natural-hair pattern and make it difficult to determine your actual hair type, don’t towel dry, let it naturally air dry. Then based on the information above choose your hair type.

Just remember everyone is unique and your hair type might not be the same as anyone else’s, but use this information to help you in choosing your hair type you might even find that you have been buying products that are not suited for your hair type and in fact stopped it from achieving its full potential.

For Aloe Vera hair treatment recipes for any hair type click here.
For easy Coconut Oil hair treatment recipes click here.

If you have any comments or valuable information that you would like to share please leave a comment below.

Happy Hair Days

Your friend Chani

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