Mischo Beauty School: Understanding Your Hair Type (A Lesson from Oprah's Hairstylist)

It makes me cringe when I hear that hair is still being defined by race, I mean it is 2011, right? Well this week's "Ask Mischo Beauty..." prompted my sharing with you, again, the term "hair type" which was originated by Oprah's hairstylist, Andre Walker. In his book "Andre Talks Hair!", he states the following:

"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 goes on to break hair type down 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.

Any questions? What's your hair type? Love your hair.



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