Biracial Hair Care Tips: Hair Typing

All hair can be classified by a spectrum of numbers and letters. This system was created by Oprah’s stylist, Andre Walker. Walker created this to help determine which products and techniques to use to best suit each hair type. The numbers range from 1 to 4 with subcategories of A,B and C. The higher the number and letter, the curlier the hair. So, let’s say your child has straight hair. This would be a type 1. In most charts I have seen, there is no subcategory for 1. Type 2 begins with A, written as 2A. This is slightly wavy hair. The higher the letter, the more wavy the hair. Type 3 is defined as curly, A being loose curls and C being very tight or corkscrew curls. Lastly, type 4 is considered very curly or kinky texture.
This is said by many to be the best typing system out there. However, one thing it does not address is the coarse factor of the hair. Your child may have 2C hair and although it is not that curly, it may be very dry and course. This would require more maintenance than finer, softer hair. It’s very important for you to do as much research as possible to learn how to take good care of your child’s hair.
In my experience, biracial children’s hair can fall anywhere on this spectrum. It’s impossible to know what kind of hair they will have because everyone is so unique! Also, it will most likely change several times before puberty. It is very important to always tell your child how beautiful their hair is and refrain from making negative comments about how hard it may be to maintain. Hair care can be a great bonding experience and should not be looked at as something negative. Next week, I will be talking about detangling, as that can be one of the more difficult things to do with curls! Have a great day and thank you for reading!