Although there are several different hair classifications, the most well-known model is the
Andre Walker Hair Typing System.
According to this system, there are four main types of hair:
Type 1: Straight Hair
Type 2: Wavy Hair
Type 3: Curly Hair
Type 4: Kinky Hair
We should know what type of hairs are they,
- Straight Hair:
Straight hair is usually soft and silky due to a high amount of oil secretion.
- Wavy Hair:
Wavy hair is often considered the sweet spot of men’s hair types.
It’s got the perfect amount of volume without the high maintenance of curly hair.
But wavy hair isn’t all fun and games.
- Curly Hair:
Guys who have a curly hair type are no doubt aware of their curls.
If you have this hair type, you were probably ruthlessly teased in grade school for its out-of-
- Kinky hair:
Kinky hair is curly hair to the extreme.
It’s often used to describe hair that grows in a helix shape—aka, a corkscrew or a spiral.
Kinky hair types are most common in black guys.
However, other ethnicities can have tightly-coiled locks as well.
Regardless of your ethnicity, a few things remain the same when caring for kinky
hair—namely, the need for moisture, moisture and more moisture.
Care for your hair
For straight hair:
• Washing straight locks should be done using a mild shampoo. Shampooing doesn’t have to
occur every day, but if you choose to do so, concentrate on cleansing and massaging the
scalp. Rinsing the shampoo from the strands is generally enough to accomplish a clean and
• It is important to use lukewarm water. When you use water that is too hot it will tend to dry
out the strands and the scalp. Dry skin is not healthy skin. Dry strands appear dull and
lifeless. You can add conditioner after shampooing.
• When you are ready to dry after shampooing, gentle action is important. Rubbing briskly
with a towel is not recommended. Wet hairs can be damaged by rubbing. The strands are
stretched and can be damaged by the towel fibers. This will result in split ends, broken
strands, and roughened cuticles.
• If you must use a blow dryer, use a medium heat setting and a detangler to avoid additional
stresses on the shaft. The heat source should be held about six or more inches from the
strands and moved back and forth quickly. Always hair slightly damp. The results will be less
harsh and make it easier to style.
• Getting a haircut is another type of taking care of your straight smooth hair. As with any
type of hairs, the cut is critically important. A bad haircut will always look less attractive than
a good one. Find a stylist or barber who understands your preferences and needs and can
put them into effect.
The first cut with a new barber is crucial, but the second one maybe even more so. Your
stylist should be willing to work with you to achieve the best possible look. A trim at least
every six weeks will help to keep your style looking great.
For Wavy hair:
• Keep your hair moisture-rich. If your hair’s hydrated, you’ll notice the difference.
• Wave goodbye to over-styling. If you want to keep the curl all day long, you don’t need to
take to your hair with curling tongs and styling products. In fact, you shouldn’t. Learn how to
style wavy hair without damaging it. Heat and overuse of styling products can leave your hair
looking frizzy, damaged or weighed down.
• Comb with your fingers. Yep! If you gently comb through your hair using your fingers, it will
pull less and help to maintain that wavy definition.
• Keep it cool. Lower temperatures are best for keeping the curl and avoiding the frizz. So,
lock the moisture in using the right wavy hair products and keep the styling tools on low heat.
• Pin it up. Use a few pins or a tie to keep your hair up and in shape. Carefully pin those
waves into place and show off that wavy up-do.
For curly hair:
• Curls require moisture—and lots of it—typically pulled from conditioners and leave-in
conditioners or hair masks. But the tighter your curl, the more hydration they need, says
Ortiz. So, keep the conditioning products (oils too) stocked up.
• While it’s got a silly name, pre-pooing can keep curls from tangling, breaking, and frizzing.
Ortiz achieves this by applying oil-based products to her clients’ hair prior to shampooing.
She especially recommends this for clients with extra fine or coiled hair. Your hair oil formula
may differ from the next person’s, but consider key ingredients like oils of argan, shea,
rosehip and more.
• Creamy shampoos are more moisturizing than shampoos with a gel consistency
Since curly hair tends to be on the dry side, you should only have to wash it a couple of
times a week
You can’t really over-condition curly hair. You should follow every shampoo with a heavy
conditioner. Look for nourishing ingredients like coconut oil on the label.
If you’re up for going the extra mile, a deep conditioning treatment once a week goes a long
way to keep your hair soft and moisturized
• Afro kinky hair is more prone to damage and dryness; hence you should wash your hair
once in a week or ten days.
• The key to keeping your kinky hair smooth is moisturizing. Apply a high-quality moisturizing
conditioner and leave it for at least ten minutes. Make sure you also cover up the tips of your
hair with conditioner. This will prevent dryness and hydrate your hair strands. Now wash it
thoroughly with water. Use a leave-in conditioner to prevent knots. Conditioned, moisturized
hair is smooth and easy to style.
• Another important component of your kinky hair regime is hot oil treatment. Treating your
hair with hot oil once in a month adds additional moisture and elasticity to your hair.
Massage your hair gently with slightly warm oil. Use your fingertips to evenly spread the oil
onto the scalp and hair ends. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave it for half an hour.
Now rinse it with clean water. Hot oil treatment nourishes your hair and hydrates your scalp
with natural oils.