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    Posted: Aug 24 2006 at 4:54pm
 
FIRST CLASSIFIER - Your curliness (or lack thereof)

The straight ones
1a - stick straight
1b - straight but with a slight body wave, just enough to add some volume, doesn't look wavy
1c - straight with body wave and one or two visible S-waves (e.g. nape of neck or temples)

The wavy ones
2a - loose, stretched out S-waves throughout the hair
2b - shorter, more distinct S-waves (similar to waves from braiding damp hair)
2c - distinct S-waves and the odd spiral curl forming here and there

The curly ones
3a - big, loose spiral curls
3b - bouncy ringlets
3c - tight corkscrews

The really curly ones
4a - tightly coiled S-curls
4b - tightly coiled hair bending in sharp angles (Z-pattern)

SECOND CLASSIFIER - What (most of) your individual strands look like

F - Fine
Thin strands that sometimes are almost translucent when held up to the light. Shed strands can be hard to see even against a contrasting background. Similar to hair found on many people of Scandinavian descent.

You can also try rolling a strand between your thumb and index finger. Fine hair is difficult to feel or it feels like an ultra-fine strand of silk

M - Medium
Strands are neither fine nor coarse. Similar to hair found on many Caucasians.

You can also try rolling a strand between your thumb and index finger. Medium hair feels like a cotton thread. You can feel it, but it isn't stiff or rough. It is neither fine or coarse.

C - Coarse
Thick strands that where shed strands usually are easily identified against most backgrounds. Similar to hair found on many people of Asian or native American descent.

You can also try rolling a strand between your thumb and index finger. Coarse hair feels hard and wiry. As you roll it back and forth, you may actually hear it.

THIRD CLASSIFIER - Your overall volume of hair

Put your hair in a ponytail with as much hair as possible in it. Don't bother with the way it looks - the goal is to have most/all of your hair in there. If it means it sits smack dab on top of your head, put it there.

Measure the circumference of the ponytail. If you have bangs and/or you can't get all of your hair in there adjust according to how much of your hair you have measured.

i - thin (less than 2 inches/5 centimeters)
ii - normal (between 2-4 inches or 5-10 centimeters)
iii - thick (more than 4 inches/10 centimeters)
 
 
I am 4aCiii
Now that I have cut off  my relaxed hair I can see that I am really:
3cM
(cant do a ponytail yet)


Edited by tffy2004 - Mar 17 2007 at 11:52am
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 24 2006 at 7:10pm
That seems to be a lot easier and it is parallel to the other typing system we follow.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 24 2006 at 7:26pm
I like this clarification cause I hear so many people talking about the types they are and I never knew how to classify my hair type. I am def. a 2cmiii kinda of girl.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 24 2006 at 7:41pm
YAy!!, now i know what i am for SURE (3c with and LOT of 4a....mediem hair that it VERY thick)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 24 2006 at 8:15pm
Thanks for posting this Now I know I'm def. a 4aCiii when before I only typed my hair as 4a/b. This system is way more detailed than the others I've seen.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 24 2006 at 11:00pm
Anytime Ladys, Anytime!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 25 2006 at 9:03am
hey, I really like this, it's much clearer than the pictures, though it is nice to have pictures:)
I'm 4aCii with 4aA in the nape.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 26 2006 at 4:33am
Wow, that seems to describe a lot more. I think I would be a 2cmii. Now if only I knew what exactly to do with that information...hehe
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 26 2006 at 3:06pm
I am pretty sure I'm a 3c.  I examined my new growth in the mirror and that's what it seems to me, but I could be a 4a.  But I'm pretty sure it's a 3c!  Thanks for posting this!
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Sure!!
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