Mischo Beauty School: Understanding Your Hair Type (A Lesson from Andre Walker)

After reading a few hair forums I was introduced to the concept of "hair type". Yes, I'm a licensed cosmetologist, but I'd never heard the term - neither in cosmetology school, or in my cosmetology textbooks. I guess the closest to "hair type" for me would be hair texture.

Well, after searching for the concept's origination, I learned that Andre Walker (Oprah's hairstylist) was responsible for creating the term. In his book "Andre Talks Hair!", he states:

"Stop reading fashion magazines that tell you there's just one hair type if you're African-American, Asian, or whatever. Forget about race- there's no such thing as "black" hair or "Asian" hair or even "Caucasian" hair. And, please, please, please, let's retire forever those antiquated stereotypes about "good" hair versus "bad" hair. The fact is, everyone has "good" hair - you just have to know how to take care of your hair type."

And so he breaks hair type into the following categories (there are subtypes within each category, such as A, B, C, etc.):

Type 1: Straight Hair: Hair holds no curl or wave, but has lots of shine.

Type 2: Wavy Hair: Hair tends to be coarse, with a definite "S" shape pattern.

Type 3: Curly Hair: Hair is very fine in texture; definite loopy "S" pattern.

Type 4: Kinky Hair: Hair is very fragile; very tightly coiled/curled.

Ok, so there you have it! Now the book is full of tips on solving hair issues, finding the right stylist, choosing a haircut and a whole lot more. I definitely recommend checking it out.

Any questions? Love your hair.



Teelicious said...

This is so helpful! Thanks for the info.

February 3, 2009 at 11:20 AM
Mischo Beauty said...

To "Teelicious": You're very welcome! :)

February 3, 2009 at 11:23 AM
MakeupByRenRen said...

i like his philosophy :)

February 3, 2009 at 2:45 PM
Mischo Beauty said...

To "MakeupByRenRen": Me too, because it's all so true.

February 3, 2009 at 2:57 PM
Anonymous said...

I'm so over Andre. But yeah, the hair communities have been over-analyzing his typing system for 10 years now. It's not broad enough. Check out the LOIS system, it can be a great addition to Andre's typing.

February 6, 2009 at 6:22 PM
Mischo Beauty said...

To juvenescent: Hehehe...uh oh- not feeling Oprah's hair? LOL...

Thank you for the information- I'll definitely check it out. :)

February 15, 2009 at 3:29 AM
Anonymous said...

I love this info! I also get help from NaturallyCurly.com, they subscribe to the hair type method as well!

May 13, 2010 at 11:20 AM
Mischo Beauty said...

To Anonymous: So glad this is helpful to you! Thanks for stopping by. :)

May 16, 2010 at 6:06 PM

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