Texture Typing: Does it Help or Hurt?

Texture Typing: Does it Help or Hurt?

Written by NaturallyCurly Co-Founder Michelle Breyer for her blog, The Curly Connection.

Last week, we were thrilled to see that the NaturallyCurly Texture Typing℠ System ranked first on BuzzFeed’s list of essential tools for the curly girl! Stylists and curlies chimed in about how helpful the chart has been for them as they learn to work with their own and other’s texture – a daunting task for many curlies, coilies and wavies.

“I use this all the time for helping others to get a sense of their ‘Curl Identity’” said curl expert Scott Musgrave, who heads up an international group curl stylists called Curly Hair Artistry.

From the first days of NaturallyCurly – when it was still a hobby we did in our spare time – we talked in terms of texture. Not skin color. Not ethnic background. TEXTURE. All the nuances of curls, coils and waves, and how that effected our product selections, hair style options, and general haircare regimen.

NaturallyCurly’s Texture Typing℠ System evolved out of Andre Walker’s 1-2-3-4 system of typing hair. Our community demanded more detail – there were big differences between 2cs and 3as, and what worked for a 4a might not work for a 4b, etc. So, our Texture Typing℠ System became a way for people to relate to one another and understand the more granular aspects of their hair.

Texture typing has had its share of controversy:

“You see, the thing about hair typing is that it forces us to sort, segregate and file in relation to the differences. As human history can attest, the minute individuals or characteristics are classified, feelings of ‘the other’ come into play.” – Kurly Kichana

You can read the rest of this engrossing article over at Naturallycurly.com


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