If you could choose any type of hair in the world, and no one knew that you got to pick it, would you choose what you have now? Why or why not? And if not, what would you prefer?
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I have three different hair types, some version of 4a in the front, wiry 4c on the sides and in the back and a mix of 4b/a in the middle. If I could trade I would pick one of the above. I am learning to appreciate my hairs unique textures but I can't help but wonder what one texture would be like.
I have 3a and 3b hair and I love my texture. So I would keep it as is as long as its healthy!
I LOVE my 1-4 hair textures already and my thickness, but I would love to have way more length!!! I have been trying so hard for so long but it seems like I keep messing up my hair growth.I wasn't taking care of my hair at first, then the hair coloring. Now I am doing everything I can to keep it healthy and GROW!
I would keep my 3c hair but i would want it to be a little fuller or thicker. Is soooooooo thin :/ but after fighting it most of my life, i couldn't see myself without it. It's all mine.
4a! Which is what I am, except for some weirdness up front and to the left which refuse to curl up properly. I'd also like it to be thicker
*pleeeez hair fairy!!!*
I few years ago I would have said straight, but my last blowout might have been my LAST blowout: I was a nervous wreck wanting to be able to pull and twist and boiiing my hair agian!
I am 3/C…but if I could choose….
I'd have bone straight hair, rather thick and definately long, kind of Hawaaian. Since I'm allowed to shop, why not! 😀
i love my hair! I guess I would classify it as mostly 3c with sprinkles of 3b and 4a in random areas. If I could change anything about my hair, it would be its length and strength. I love long hair, and sometimes I wanna punch shrinkage in the face. lolz =) but its all good 😉
I am a 4a but i would rather have a 3c if i had to choose because its just easier when it comes to defining the curls because its already naturally there as oppose to 4a where you would have to glob on a bunch of curl creams and gels to get a curl pattern. the one thing i hate about my 4a hair is that i always have to style my hair the day before to have it set over night, but if i had looser curls then i cud easily do a quick co wash and a wash and go and diffuse my hair if i had to go somewhere on short notice. I can tell you i have canceled on going out with friends because my hair wasn't done and i wouldn't have time to do it.
I think I'm a solid 4b (BelleBellaBeautifulBonita) !!! 🙂 My hair is super soft and it's so nice. My curls kind of look like swirls, hence my name SwirlieCurlies. Hmm we all want to have what we can't have…seems to be the general trend in life, so if I had to choose another hair type I would opt for a 3c. Mainly because it reminds me of silk. I think it's is a pretty site to see a girl with a smooth chocolatey complexion like myself with the silky looking tresses/curls of 3c gracing her head. Simply Divine!
I like my hair as it is (3c with a little 4a at the crown), but if I had to choose I'd have bone straight hair because I am lazy. If all i had to do was wash and comb it, I'd be happy. I love my hair now and I keep it in twists because I don't like to style it all the time. You don't have to do anything with straight hair so I wouldn't mind having that. Curls are beautiful but still more work than straight hair.
I'd keep my predominant texture (3b) just make it a bit more uniform rather than have patches of waves and patches of kinks (which are oddly enough right next to each other).
I would choose 3c with a little 4a
I'm a 3a/3b/a bit 2b! I wish I were a complete 3b or 3c!
I'm a 3a. When relaxed I am 1a. People think I have naturally straight hair. It was great when I was relaxed and actually liked straight hair. Not so great now that I'm trying to transition to curly. My hair fights to be bone straight and I spend most of my time trying to make kinks and curls that just fall flat. So ladies with the thick beautiful full heads of 4abc hair embrace it. The grass aint always greener.
I am absolutely loving my hair which is a mixture of 4a/4b…I just can't keep my hands out of it…I am always twirling in my thickness..and don't let me master a new style..OMG, I'm in it all over again. It's super thick and really springy and since I've learned what products work great for my hair, I am just in it's face all of the time..so, bottom line, I wouldn't trade it for the world
I think I'd keep mine IF I got to have thicker strands (fine, tightly coiled hair is next to impossible and never looks as full so never looks as healthy, even when it is, so it makes it hard). Otherwise, I'd go with a slightly looser texture somewhere in the 3C range if I had to keep the fine strands.
I have tightly coiled hair and my boyfriend has looser curls. I wish I had his hair…he loves mine. I guess the grass sometimes looks greener on the other side.
Im holding onto my naps (twirling my curls as I type) ..LOL I have a rainbow of textures from 3b/3c/4a. I love all the madness and wouldn't change one curl.. LOL
i would keep my texture! i love it! its thick, and very curly/coily with very defined curls..
I would keep my same hair texture : 4a/4b. It complements me the best and I love it ! All hair textures are beautiful
I'm a little dismayed that so many people want only one hair type? I've had a curly weave that had a uniform curl size and type and it was so boring compared to my natural curls and didn't look half as good. In fact when "good" stylist attempt to imitate a natural curl in wigs and weaves they use different rod sizes when setting permanent curl patterns to get that natural look. I think as far as hair "type" goes I have a little bit of everything, except straight, and now that I know how to treat my hair it looks fabulous and I love all my different curls!
I love my hair exactly the way it is. I'm 3c/4a, but I really couldn't care less because it's healthy and grows like a weed. I'm in love with my hair and all its versatility.
I'm a 4a and cool with my hair (newbie natural here), but i'd love whatever Nikki has, her hair is the most beautiful I've seen! Curly Nikki, your hair is amazing.
I love my hair type 3c/4a *woot woot*, If i could change anything i'd like for my hair/scalp to be naturally oily. I like washing my hair everyday, and although I've been able to remedy the dryness it is something I always have to take into account. Whereas people with oily hair just have to keep it from caking up which i feel would coincide perfectly with my loving to wash my hair daily. As far as thickness/volume, shine, I don't really have a problem with that. Sometimes I do hate that my hair strands are fine, but then I think about how much more I'd have to do if they were course/thicker…I'd probably go crazy when it came time to blowdry/str8en it.
i love all type of hair! its so hard to choose, i guess i would just stick wit wat i got. My hair is like 4a/4b and as i'm learning how to take care of it (thanks curlynikki and naturale divas), i wanna get it as soft, as big, and as long as possible
I'm not sure what my hairtype is, but I think is in the 2s or 3s. I would say that I wish my hair wasn't so fine. I would want it to be a lush 4 so I can do thick and voluminous twist outs that last!!! My twist outs probably last a day or two and really that is pushin it.
I think 4s are beautiful 🙂
my hair is a 3C all over so i would stick with that. however my hair is very fine which i get from my dad & i wish i got the thick hair that my mom & sister have.
I'm a 4b/4c, my curls kind of resemble the width of the little metal springs in click pens. I would rather have 3b/3c/4a. When I did wear my hear naturally [for about 13-14 years] it was always really painful to comb through my hair and i'm tenderheaded, so that made doing my hair even worse. I feel like it would be easier to take care of my hair if it was 3c-4b. as of now I am attempting to go natural again. my only fear is BC.
Now that I learned how to take care of my own hair texture (with not a little help from this forum ;-)), I can honestly say that I would choose my own texture. I have all different types of curl sizes on my head I have given up on trying to quantify my hair as 2'3'4– I have spongy,fine,Os and Ss. The only regret I have on the subject is that I wasn't taught to embrace my own curls earlier in life. Now that I have, I have experienced growth and fullness of my mane that I use to get extensions to try to achieve. I keep wondering if I only had started this current way of interacting with my hair a long time ago, how long and how full it could be now?! Such is life, sigh
I'm 4 a/b and I quite like my hair for its pen springs, coffee stirrers and fuzzability however, I would like hair that would a) retain more moisture for more days and b) be able to take colour because it wouldn't dry out so much. My battle is constantly moisture balance. i think if I get it under control then I'll be fine with my hair. I'd also love length that I could forever retain.
It sort of makes me a bit sad to see 4s wish they were 3A and in the 2s i.e so far removed from the 4 hair type. Is it that bad? I guess it is symptomatic of society's reaction to type 4 hair as 'bad hair' and subconsciously we are deeply affected by the notion that anything in the 3s or above is 'good hair' Often it feels like 3c is the unspoken 'dream hair' on hair boards and the internet in general, just manageable and just black enough. Tracee Ellis Ross has lovely hair, really but sometimes it feels like she's an uncomfortable hair idol for many who are nowhere near the same curl pattern or texture as her.
okay no ignorance here but if I could choose it would be straight (don't jump down my throat people I am just being honest).
To be honest, I would choose exactly what I have now! It took me yrs to learn my hair. I don't know the exact hair type I have anymore b/c the system is way too general. But, since stop using hair styling products I've found that my natural hair is actually more flowy and bouncy. If this were the past, I probably would have asked for the hair that I have now (cause I can actually wear it down now without it being stiff and or unpredictable), not knowing I had it all along. I'll stick with what I have!!! =)
Currently I'm 4a & 3c and I would just like to have one consistent hair type be it 4a or 3c. I feel like I'm always having to referee the two types on my head!
I like my 4a hair, but would love 3b/c
I love my coils! I've honestly never seen any other person with coils like mine, and I've looked all over- fotki stalking– check, blogs— check, running up to random people in the street to see if we were hair family— check! LOL.
I have spring type coils all over that are larger than a drinking straw/pen and wavy in the nape and crown, and somewhere in between pen-sized coils and coffee stirer-sized coils everywhere else.
I think the only thing I would change is the shrinkage. I don't mind shrinkage for the days when I want to wear a shake-n-go fro, but my hair is so springy that it makes it very hard to braid. I have to stretch it out without using heat, so that takes time.
I have uniform, tangle free, dry and coily 4a hair. Forget curl size. I'd trade it in for a texture that wasn't as dry, whether it was 4a in curl size, 3c, or 3b…nothing lower than 3b though. Spirals are my style.
I'm IN LOVE and having too much FUN with my hair!!!! Still kicking myself for not going natural sooner!!! 😉 If I “must” categorize it, I guess it would be a combo of 3b/c, with a little 4a thrown in there 🙂 (it clumps on its own w/out a lot of product/manipulation). I don't even care….I just LOVE it!!!! Besides the versatility of it all (to be able to wear it curly or straight), OMG, I've definitively noticed increased attention from men (ESPECIALLY when I wear it in its natural curly state) and ESPECIALLY from the brothas, the brothas, did I say the brothas??? Go figure….The only thing I would change is the length…and that will resolve itself with time…my hair is at that awkward length, where my curly ends (hair is fully dry and shrunk all up) are just long enough to brush against the top of my shoulders, pushing the back up a little. I find myself constantly pulling my hair back (as if I were getting ready to put in a ponytail, without messing with the curl pattern, to avoid frizzing it all up) to "stretch" it. Once it grows past my shoulders, I don't think I will find my self having to do that as much…Peace Mamacitas and here’s to LOVING OUR HAIR!!!!
LOL @ Jazzy 14! I totally understand what you are saying! I'm a 3C around the outside of my head, and then in the middle I have this 4A patch. If I just do a wash-and-go and let it dry, it looks crazy. I have to always manipulate the 4A patch in order to get it to match the outsides. I love my hair though, and wouldn't trade it in for the world. Uniformity would be cool, but its all good!
Before I starting using henna, I probably would have said anywhere in the 3's. Now that I have been henna-ing and adding ayurvedic herbs, I am really, REALLY loving my 4a/b hair! It is really been a lifelong journey for me to figure out what products are good for my hair. Thanks, Nik for your advice! If I could change anything, I would just make my hair longer…I'm dying to pull off a fierce up-do!
longer, break resistant hair that holds moisture better. i'm cool with my texture but lately i CANNOT get my hair to retain moisture.
I don't really know my hair type but I guess I would say I am a 4a/4b. I wouldn't change the type but I would change where those types are on my head. The back and nape are where the very loose curls are. I would move those curls to the front and put the tighter curls in the back. That way, when my hair dries, I could have a cute bob instead of a mullet…
I wouldn't change my hair type at all. I think my hair type is 4b. I believe that type 4 hair is the most versatile of ALL hair textures. My hair can hold a style and has great volume. I can go from a Bad Ass Afro to Straight and have it all look good. The only thing with type 4 hair is to keep it moisturized and be careful how you straighten your hair cause heat damage is not cute.
I classify my hairtype because certain natural hair products work better for my 4 a/b texture. My sister uses mixed chicks and it does wonders for her. her curl pattern is in the c's, very loose curls. Mixed chicks products do nothing for my kinky/curly hair. Carol's daughter does great with her hair, it dries out my hair. My hair sufferes from super shrinkage, her hair doesn't. There was a time that I was actually jealous of my sister's hair, but now I love my own hair. I started falling in love with my own hair when I stop trying to use my sister's products.
I love my mainly 4b hair but i would be 3c/4a all over. I count about 4 different textures on my head :/
I'd love to be able to wear my hair all out in a glorious curly afro but i can't at the moment because the different textures behave differently 🙁
I wish for more length and a fuller head of hair all round as well 😀
I have 4a with a little bit of 3c texture in the back and I wouldn't have it any other way. Since I've educated myself on how to take care of it and style it, I take pride in it love that it is so versatile!
i like this post–ironically i was just telling my sister yesterday that i wish the top of my head was nappier to match the rest. i have 4a/b hair on the back and the sides, but the top is of a lot looser coil. its not as loose as 3c hair, but its definitely looser than average 4a/b coils with hardly any shrinkage. i dont remember it being so wiry when i was little so im hoping its just a bit of heat damage (i used to press my hair on a weekly basis up until about a month ago–its not that i never loved my natural texture, i just didnt know how to style it well naturally up until now, but i'm learning very quickly from sites such as these)
i think i would want 4a hair all over. right now i have 4a/4b hair and then some hair that is straight at the crown…it sucks when i want uniform curls
I love my 3c/4a/4b hair and wouldn't change it for the world. The only thing I wish for my hair is that the strands were a bit thicker and my hair was a little longer. 🙂 But that'll come in time.
I am with those who say uniformity over curl pattern! I don't classify my hair as a type (you know how that is. You think your one thing but someone else will ALWAYS think otherwise), but I, like many naturals have the 3 different curl pattern thing going on! Loosest curls in the back, tighter curls in the middle (actually thats a lie. The center section is FRIZZ) and then a combination of both middle and bottom maake up the canopy and very front of my hair, along with some hair that doesn't even curl at all but are limp and wavy.
I have learned to love an embrace my hair but I'd be lying if I said this situation isn't frustrating when styling! I'm just like, choose which curl you want to be, not all! One all over texture would be the creme de la creme for me.
I don't love or hate my texture all that much, I've just decided a long time ago to accept it. If I had my DREAM hair though, It would grow between and inch and two inches a month, wouldn't break, would be THICK THICK THICK. Length is whatevs, but if it grew fast I would screw around with it more and since I still fantasize about having a Diana Ross or Angela Davis size 'fro so I wouldn't change my texture, but would change other characteristics of my hair.
I would have a uniform 4a throughout…I may grow to like my frizzy 4b patches on the side at some point, but I can honestly say that they get on my nerves sometimes!!
I'm a 4a/b (not sure which one, I have small kinky coils) and I wouldn't change my hair type at all. I have one small section in the back that's looser and its so hard to hold a style there. The only thing I would change is that I'd make it easier to detangle. I know it's not a texture thing because I've seen someone who has hair almost like mine but she does wash and go's with no problem. On me it's tangle city, so I just don't do it anymore.
i go for curly hair still proly more 3b than 4a but i feel like curly has more versatility.
I'm at the point where I just want length. I think I'm a 4c. (does that even exist?) My hair is tightly coiled -no wave patterns or wash and go's happening here. I'd be happy if my hair retained moisture and grew.
Anything that allows me to style it the way I do. I would choose 4a for sure; this is the hair type I have and I can make it straight, wavy, curly & in it's natural state… kinky-coily! I love it and I thank my ethnicity and God for it.
I am a 4a and I'd like to keep my texture but fast forward the growth by 2 years. Right now I'm in that awkward stage where my wash n go is too long to look chic but too short to hang down. I have about 7 inches but it shrinks to 2-3 inches. I do have these annoying sections above my ears that refuse to clumb into coils so it might be 4b there.
I am not sure what my hair "type" is. But I wish the front was as curly as the back. About 3 inches in the front is very loose, and I normally pull it back with a head band or clips. Other then that, I love it, can't keep my fingers out of it!
I have two textures – everywhere but the back is very kinky, tight dry curls and the back is softer loser curls. I'd change all to lose curls, 50 percent shrinkage instead of a 100, not kidding at all. I'd make it grow faster.
i would love to be 3b/3c. or actually, maybe a full completely symmetrical 3c. lol. maybe a little finer but just as dense. i love my volume. but the 4a sections can get a little annoying. but overall..i love my hair. when it gets longer, i will probably never consider being anything other than the 3c/4a i am already because the curls will hang better.
I'd stay a 4a but maybe with a finer/silkier hair texture with more defined curls. I like the little curls and wouldn't change that, but a more silkier texture like Traci Ellis Ross
i'd opt for straight hair like my father's. I love type 3 and 4 hair but its just so time consuming to take care of it and I'd rather have had that time to be out doing other things.
[i think this is my first comment… *scratches curls…:D] i have every single type on my head except straight [well until i cut off those relaxed ends]. i think i'm okay with what i have lol i have the best of every world…[?]
all in all my hair works for me, BUT there was a girl I came across a few years ago I would totally love to have her hair! she had shoulder-length ringlets and these ringlets were about 75% of the size of a soda can. and that was how her hair was naturally! I was working when she came to visit a co-worker and my two co-workers who were there (one fine-haired blonde and the other with thick, full straight dark hair) and I were green with envy! I have never seen hair like hers.
But like I said, my hair works. it is not hard to straighten, it looks nice curly, it's healthy, and it's thick. Ideally I would like to have one texture throughout my head (especially the frizzy straight parts above my ears grr!) but my hair is special too 🙂
I would keep my hair. It took me almost 30 years to figure out my hair. No way would I want to start all over again. Plus, I love my hair. It's beautiful and healthy!
i love my curls and texture not to thick not to thin but i would love for it to be longer like at my waist dry. right now its past shoulders on the side and is above bra strap in the back.
I'm a 4a/b and I love it but like someone else said I hate the shrinkage.
I actually like my hair texture. I am considered a 3c but just below the crown to about 2 inches from my nape is a 4a. The things I wish I could change is I would make my hair all the same texture. I really like the texture of my hair all around the edges to about 3 inches going towards crown. I also would like thicker and more loosely curled. My hair is really fine and tightly curled. Henna gives temporary help in that what I do wish I could change. 🙂 My all time favorite hair model is Gelila Bekele. I think she is gorgeous with a head of hair to go with it.
4b/c and tons of it
I love my hair and texture that I already have, I just wish this shrinkage would give me a break…
I'd at least like to have the same texture throughout my hair. I currently have 4 and it's hard to handle. Some parts like certain products while it's too heavy for the other parts and vice versa with lighter products.
I would choose 4a!!
oooooh, i wanna add that I want my hair to be so THICK, that I dont have any scalp left LOL. For real!
I'm a 4 a/b and I think that if I could chose I would be a 3a all over and have thick strands. Simply for that fact that if I wanted to straighten my hair it would be a little easier.
I would keep my current type…I think I am like a 3c to 4a/b…I think…not sure but I love my hair and would just prefer more of it whether it grows out or down…I love big hair and lots of it!
Maybe a 3a. I really just wish my curls were a smidge looser. I think I'm more of a 4a than a 4b. I'm gonna try henna in the future to see if it'll loosen my lil springs. LOL
Id go BBBIIIIGGGG!!!! 4a/4b the different strands have their own personality and much more interesting to look at
i'd choose simply to have one hair type instead of three. any of the three i have now would do, just not mixed up all together.
To be honest, I really haven't subscribed to the notion of defining my hair by a type system. It is what it is and I love it with it's many different curls and kinks!
my hair is mostly tightly coiled except for on the front sides [one side has slightly looser coils & one side barely has any coil definition], the edges & on my neck have an even looser coil and some straight pieces here & there :/
if i could choose, I'd take the texture (& color!) of model Sabina Karlsson: thick but big, loose coils (it seems). this way, i wouldn't have as much shrinkage!
I'd keep the coilies! (It's pen-spring in the "looser" areas, smaller than that elsewhere.) For the most part, my texture is uniform (thank the LORD) and as it gets longer I like it more. I realize now that many "naturals" can't wear a 'fro like mine. With a twist or braid-out, I can stretch the strands and pull it back. Detangling is a BEAST sometimes, but I found out this morning (finally!) that HH is a true life-saver. (Thanks CN!)
In short, I feel my hair is the most versatile out there and I love the fact that it must be born — never bought.
I would choose 2C. For me, that would be the most manageable with less breakage.
Longer, fuller hair would be my wish. I'd keep my 4b curls, of course. Great questions Leah.
I'm a 3C and love it. Just wish it fell a bit more past shoulders when worn in a wash-n-go. It tends to puff up a bit too much.
I love my hair. I'm about a 3c or 4a girl as well. I just wish it was a little longer because the shrinkage is crazy. I love it and I wouldn't have it any other way :o) If it were too loose, I wouldn't be able to do as many things with it.
i would keep my texture, but i would make it more moisture-retentive! I love my little 4a coils, but those suckers look a mess if I dont moisturize 2+ times a day!
I have 3c/4a, but if i could make a wish, i'd wish for 3c all over. The 4a isn't hard to deal with alone, but when it's mixed with the 3c it just makes styling and detangling a bit challenging.
I'd choose somewhere in the 2s. Just much easier to handle and still looks good. I probably wouldn't choose stick straight hair.
i think the whole typing thing just keeps us in a box…which most naturals try to stay away from, well atleast me..but for the sake of this post lol
i honestly cant be put into a type. i have everything from 3b to 4a and no it wasnt what i expected when i was transitioning but its big curly and beautiful and best of all its all natural and all mine. i love my hair:)
I don't like having more than one texture, but it is what it is. I would prefer it to be the tighter coilier (not even a word) in the back for uniformity. The front is way too loose I can never wear a picked out fro it flops forward.
i'm not sure that i'd want to change my texture (i'm a 4b/c) but i'd love a fuller head of hair like a lion's mane!
Just wanted to stick my head in and say, GREAT JOB NIK! Your blog has been a life saver and the info I've learned has helped me to love the hair God gave me. I wouldn't trade it in for the world! Thank you Nikki and keep doing what you're doing!
I'd opt to have the same texture throughout. Like many of you have said already, I have 4 textures! I can appreciate all the hair types.
I'm 4a/4b and would keep what I have. I love my hair, although more of it wouldn't be a bad thing 😉
great question! I'd opt for thicker hair, and length, length, length!
I have 3b/3c/4a/4b combo….ugh! I would just go with 3c or 4a all over.
My curls are about the size in diameter of the little ink tube in a pen. If I could change their size, I'd make them the size of a Sharpie or those giant pencils kids are given in kindergarten. And they'd be way long :-).
From what I have, I have too many textures. I've got 3a/b/c and 4a in the back of my head and behind my ears and 2c near my forehead. I would be happier with just 2c/3a cuz then it could actually lay flat on my head lol.
i dont even like the "typing" system enough as it is but i realize that it's a helpful tool to decide which products/tools to use. I describe my hair as tightly coiled, having very small curls which become looser in the back of my head/nape area. I would normally be classified as 4a/4b with some 3c going on.
I like my texture as is. I just dont like the differences happening on my head. lol. So I would either be "3c" all over or "4a/4b" all over. I'd be one set "type". Also, my strands would be thicker and not so fine.
I'm a 3C/4A girl and I love the texture of my hair. There is a middle patch that gets a little difficult to style if I don't baby it, but I love it just the same. I would honestly have chosen my hair. It is thick and curly and its soooo ME!
I'm happy with my 20 random textures! I got everything from 3a to 4a on this head, and it's mine, and nobody else has anything like it! So I'd just pick what I got.
I think Id keep the hair I have, except I would make the sides the same texture as the rest, they are super fine, 3c/4a and highly unmanageable and super shrinkage prone. They get on my last nerve, gotta love em though. But yeah Id switch em for my texture on top or in the back of my head in a minute!
I have no idea what my hair type is. I've been told I'm mostly 3c with a little 4a, whatever that means. Whatever it is, I wouldn't trade it for anything…well except for that section in the front that refuses to curl! Grrrrr!!!!
I'd choose 4a/4b. I like the texture and it just seems to be fuller and softer.
I'd choose something in the 3 type range. Just a step up from where I am. I'm just now transitioning though. I need a little bit of help in learning to manage this "texture" in my TWA. This may be an uninformed wish though. 🙂