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    Hey everybody :0) Well, I keep seeing people use the terms I am a 4.a, 3b, 2c, etc, and I know that these are names for hair types, but I'm wondering what kind of hair types. And how do you determine which one you are or if you're a combination of all?

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    I believe the numbers refer to the color of your hair. With the number 1 representing the color black, as the numbers go higher the color becomes lighter. The letters are subtypes of the color.

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    actually the letters and number system refer to a system of hair typing...which refers to the texture of your hair.....you can find the system here

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curl411/types.php

    this system was found by Oprah's hair stylist Andre

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    Yeah the numbers and letters have nothing to do with the color of your hair, but it is a classification system where 1 is straight and 4 is kinky/curly/coily hair. a, b, c refer to subtypes. The system isn't the most accurate, there are a lot of different types of hair even within one type and subtype and many people have several different textures.

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    Yeah like I am a nappy meaning I have tight curls and wiry (or very coarse grade) textured hair. Funny thing is though my mixed daughter has what would be 3a hair , meaning she has waves/ curls coarse and can tend to be frizzy, BUT her hair is NOT nor has ever been frizzy lol. Like MUNCHKIN10 said, they are not written in stone, these hair types but you can look at her site she provided or this site: http://naturalblackhaircare.com/hairtypes.php and check out the general idea behind the hair typeing. It also has so other goodies I have looking into.
    HTH

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    In general, the system goes like this:
    1= straight hair
    2=wavy hair
    3=curly hair
    4=very curly, kinky (nappy!) hair

    a, b, and c are the different grades for each type (3b, 4c, 2a, etc). I agree that the system is not precise. I for example have naturally nappy (very coily, kinky) with some nappy (not so coily, still kinky) I think. Maybe a little nappy? Don't really know but I definitely do not have the same texture throughout my head!

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