The Andre Walker System and Classifying Hair Curl Patterns
Latest posts by Dianne Austin (see all)
Andre Walker is a celebrity hair-stylist who developed a hair classification system to help people understand different properties related to their hair. You might know Andre as Oprah Winfrey’s stylist. He’s also the author of the book, Andre Talks Hair.
Andre Walker’s hair classification method uses a combination of numbers and letters to describe various hair textures. The system ranges from straight hair, classified as 1c to hair that is extremely kinky 4c hair that does not appear to curl without manipulation by styling in twist-outs or braid-outs for definition.
It is important to note that the system is not a method created to classify hair according to race. Anyone can have naturally bone-straight hair or kinky hair. The system classifies hair for people of all ethnicities. On his website, he writes that people should make peace with their hair. Just keep in mind, that he also suggests that people with extremely kinky hair use a straightener, chemical relaxer or a texturizer to manage their hair.
People use Walker’s hair classifications to describe their hair to others, and the system can also help users understand which techniques and products they could use to take care of their hair. For example, Walker recommends that specific types of hair receive more moisture. He has said that kinkier hair types, specifically the 4 range, are particularly fragile.
How you choose to use the classification, or whether you use it at all is up to you. The system can help you seek help for your hair care needs when communicating with others. If you are on a hair forum, for example, you can post a question and state that you have Type 4a or Type 4b hair. Some of the people on the forum will have a certain understanding of what your hair looks like, feels like, and how your hair will likely react when you use certain styling techniques.
You can also use the classification system to help you choose products to style your hair. Have you ever bought a product that was designed for people with loosely curled hair? Maybe you were disappointed, because the product didn’t curl your kinky hair. On the other hand, some people choose not to classify their hair for personal reasons. They simply do not like the sound of the system, or they do not like labeling their hair. Most people probably have different textures in their hair, anyway.
We want to know what you think. Be sure to leave your comment below.
Author: Dianne Shaddock
|“Changing attitudes about natural hair” is what we do at Natural Haircare News. Through informative articles, podcasts and videos, we go beyond just sharing the latest advice and tips on kinky, curly, wavy haircare – We shake things up and focus on the realities of wearing our hair natural.|
You May Also Like:
- Division in the Natural Hair Community – The Curl Pattern Divide
- Resisting The Temptation To Relax Your Natural Hair
- Kelis Gives Herself a New Haircut!
- Erica Campbell Makes Case for Going Natural!
- NHCN Podcast #0023: Nubia’s Guide to Going Natural: A Conversation with Orjanette Bryant
- NHCN Podcast 009: A Conversation With Natural Hair Expert Marie Compere of Luv My Natural Curls
- Four Misconceptions Black Women Have About Natural Hair
- Black Hair Care: Tips for Transitioning From Relaxed to Natural Hair
- Nappy Hair – The Other “N” Word?
- Are You Ready To Go Natural?
- Natural Hair in the Workplace – Why You Still Can’t Wear It
- Are You Too Concerned With Curl Definition?
Explore Our Website!
Let’s Stay In Touch
What Others Are Saying
Natural Haircare Topics
- How Do You Know If You Have Scab Hair? Pictures
- 6 Tips for Controlling Frizz in Natural Hair
- The Finer Things In Life: Tips For Fine Hair Naturals!
- Combating Fairy Knots In Natural Hair, (Single Strand Knots)
- The LOC Method: 3 Steps For Happy, Moisture Rich, Natural Hair
- Mature Women and Natural Hair – A Photo Gallery
- Natural Haircare Training and Certification Available at a North Carolina Community College
- Transitioners Start Here
- To Trim Or Not To Trim – That Is The Question
- The Benefits of Hair Steaming For Natural Hair