I remember when I first decided to return to natural and how Youtube and many blogs had consume so much of my life! Returning to natural can be a scary thing, especially when you don't feel like you know what you're doing. I spent so much money on hair care products trying to achieve the "perfect" twist out, braid out, and Bantu knots. I remember trying to identify my "curl pattern" in efforts of my hair turning out like my favorite internet curly girl. That never worked.
Little did I know, this whole idea of a numbered curl pattern to help you choose the right products for your hair didn't exist. It was a marketing tool made up to get the consumer to purchase a certain product line for their hair.
You see, there are 3 categories for hair types; but those who are multiethnic , could possibly have all three on one head.
FINE - is 45 to 60 microns in width (1 micron equals 1/25,000 of an inch)
MEDIUM- is 61 TO 90 microns
COARSE - is 91 to 125 and up microns
From these 3 types you can have - straight, wavy, curly or kinky/super curly. If you were to take a hair and cut it in a cross section you'd see that:
straight hair looks round
wavy hair looks oval
curly hair looks almost flat
kinky/super curly looks flat
All these shapes come from the hair follicle, so straight hair has a round follicle where as curly hair has a oval follicle. Don't sound like math to me.
So, the next time someone ask you what's your curl type, you just nicely tell them:
"I don't do Algebra homie, my hair is just curly"!
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