IS HAIR TYPE IMPORTANT ?

Heyy Queens,

Often times when I speak to someone about natural hair or I get questions, people are either confused about their hair type or the only thing they know about their hair is what type it is. . This post will help you find out your hair type and all you need to know about achieving your hair goals once and for all.

What is Hair Type?

Hair Type is a system where you can identify your curl type, its based on the diameter and tightness of the curl. It was created by Andre Walker known to be Oprah’s hairdresser, made to be easier to identify the curl pattern and how it behaves when it comes to styles, and products. Personally I think its a easier way to speak explain what curl pattern you have, specially if you have more than one curl type, by using the Hair type system ” I have 4C in the middle, and 4A in the back and 4B in the front and sides ” rather than ” its tight kinky curls in the middle, kinky curls with a little frizz in the back, and frizzy zigzag coils in the front and sides” although you can understand it, its harder to visualise it.

Andre Walker Hair Typing System
LOIS Hair Typing System

There are 3 curly hair types which are 2(wavy), 3(curly) and 4(coil/kinky). Under those categories, there are sub-categories which range from A to C which refer to how tight the curls pattern is – A being looser than C.

I prefer the LOIS Hair Types which came after the Andre Walker Hair Typing Chart and focuses on curly hair types making it easier identify curl types by also volume and frizz.

Is knowing your hair type important?

Important? No! The Purpose of hair typing is to make it easier to identify products and methods that would work for the hair in order to make it easier for each category to achieve their hair goals – but its not its true reflection. However, it does make it easier in conversation and when speaking about the curl type. Although it is good to know your curl pattern, it doesn’t tell you much other than what it actually is, the type of curl you have.

What is Important ?

Hair type tells you nothing about how to manage your hair, if you want to know such information I recommend you to learning about Hair Structure, Density and Most importantly Hair Porosity. These will ultimately tell you what exactly works for you hair and what to stay away from.

Bottom Line

The journey to effective communicating with your hair, and knowing what it needs its not easy at all. Too many people focus on hair type and still struggle with their hair, because how porous your hair is has nothing to do with hair type but it will tell you what products work for your hair.

You want healthier, longer hair with beautiful bouncy, defined curls or a lot of volume on your hair, learning about Porosity and Structure will lead you to products but even then you will still have to experiment with products and methods to find those that work the best for your hair. It is a tedious task but don’t give up. and sort to easier ways. It took me long to know what my hair needed and the products it likes, but I figured it out and so can you.

If you need any help, you can contact me on instagram @thelenalogy and I can help you with your hair dilemmas.

5 reasons to return natural

5 reasons to return natural

“WE DON’T GO NATURAL, WE RETURN ! “

Have you been thinking about going natural? You tired of burnt scalps due to relaxers? Or Are you just feeling overwhelmed by your hair?

Being a naturalista has its ups and downs, but it’s the best decision I had ever made for my hair and I’m going to share why it’s the best decision for your hair too.

Personally, I had no choice but to go natural, relaxers made my hair lifeless and within 2 years my hair went from waist length to above the shoulder, it was shedding, and I was losing hair despite taking care of it. The year was 2012 when my sister instilled in me that my hair would not grow unless I cut it. 

That was the best decision for my hair and my hair has been flourishing ever since. Learning about my hair, trying different styles, different products, different methods – its all part of a beautiful journey. You don’t need to do a big chop in order to be natural, you can transition whilst doing protecting styles.


Nappy is not a bad word


Being natural is an investment in yourself, and here are a few of the many reasons why this investment is worth it:

1.    Freedom

Being natural gives you a sense of freedom and you know if you a natural, when you outside or in a meeting you feel free, with relaxed hair I feel like you always check to ensure it’s combed and seamless where as with your natural hair you let it do what it wants. There aren’t any limits with natural hair, and you’ll have a sense of liberty that will show in all aspects of your life. You will feel freer, more confident, more certain in what you want !


2.    Healthier Hair

There is really no explanation needed right, I mean it’s not like your hair is free of chemicals or anything.  But your hair will be healthier because you can wash it more often, you will be combing it less which leads to less breakage. It will be free from scalp burns or glue which will feel liberating as your hair in its natural form is beautiful.


” Invest in your hair, its the crown you never take off “


3.    Hairstyle versatility

Often people think becoming natural the only hairstyle you can do is rock your natural afro or rock “ugly” hairstyles but you have access to thousands ( yes girl, thousands ) of hairstyles. There’s no end to the combinations you can do with your natural hair:

•    Flexi-rods

•    blowout / straighten

•    different updos

•    high/low puff

o    protective styles such as

•    braids

•    twists

•    cornrows/flat twists

but it does not stop there. You could add extensions, weave, install wigs, or even do crochet hairstyles – you could also do a mix and match where you could leave half your hair and mix with the extensions or weave. Either way, the options are endless and there is a hairstyle for any event

I recommend you just playing with your hair, and don’t judge a hairstyle until you try it.

Know that everyone has different hair types and what may work for someone may not work for you, but you can find the beauty in the hairstyle you created.


4.    Being part of a Community

The natural hair community is very friendly and welcoming, hence when you decide to become natural there are several groups on Facebook, WhatsApp groups, and chat forums you could join to answer all your hair dilemmas or just for a sense of community.

If you are into black history – the history of our black afro, then you will feel a more sense to self, you’d feel as you are contributing to the history of Black People. You will feel proud.


” there is nothing more powerful than a black woman rocking her natural hair”


5.     Confidence

Although the #naturalhairmovement is very big right now, rocking your natural hair will still set you apart from the society’s standards of beauty or definition of “good” hair. People will look as it’s something different, random people will compliment how nice your hair smell, how it looks and fellow naturalistas might also give you a lil boost. It will also give you a sense of pride when you’re asked “is that your real hair“.

Natural hair makes you look more youthful, and certain hairstyles will make you look like a teenager, just embrace it, sis ! Sometimes some hairstyles make me look like I never left the age of 17.  I see it as we have the option to look grown or young from just a hairstyle and that is versatility.


For all the reasons I mentioned before, being natural will have you feeling EMPOWERED, PROUD & A QUEEN and this will start influencing your decision making wanting to support black-owned business, not allowing people to step on you and also other aspects of your life.

Let’s start a discussion in the comments, let me know if there are any benefits i missed out or any doubts you having, let’s all engage !! Share this with friends and anyone you think would benefit from this !!

Disclaimer: When it comes to your hair, only you have power over it. Anything you do make sure it’s your own decision and not someone influencing you. Being natural is a commitment and only do it if you want