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Hair Typing: Am I 4C?

With logoMy lovelies!

It’s clearly the holiday season so my cousin, blogger extraordinaire Simply Feli, came home. She has recently done her big chop (you can read about it here) and was filled with newly acquired information so we could compare notes.

What she shared with me literally left me gob-smacked.

I am not…

wait for it…


Cue lightening, thunder and rain clouds.

You see ladies and gents. I ASSUMED because I am of African heritage – a Ghanaian mother and Nigerian father, that I am 4C. I had checked diagrams etc and just rolled with it.

If you’re into hair typing I suggest you do two things:

  1. Don’t try to type your hair while it is dry. Condition it, or do something that will define the original pattern. Feli put conditioner in my hair after I washed it to prove her point.
  2. Get another person’s opinion. A lot of people, like myself, see what they want to see – not what is actually there.

I personally don’t care much about hair typing – but I do it to help sift through whose hair advice I take. You see, though we are all different hair types (even in the same “hair groups”) similar hair types advice tend to be more applicable to what my hair responds to.

So now ladies and gents. I find myself a 4B…

I’m still shaking my head.

Do you hair type? Why do/ don’t you?

Till my next revelation my dears…

Happy Holidays!


About Combing for Curls

Ghanaian-Nigerian Accra-based natural hair blogger and vlogger. Creator/curator of African culture and political content.


5 thoughts on “Hair Typing: Am I 4C?

  1. I am not into hair typing but mine is a 4C/(or 4Z as I think of it) and yours has a looser curl pattern than a 4C. It looks good by the way. Happy Holidays!

    Posted by pmoyo | December 23, 2012, 3:18 AM
  2. I am not into hair typing. I subscribe to the “do whatever makes my life easy” line of hair care and it’s worked out pretty well. I think your blog is interesting because I went to London a couple months ago and people kept asking me about my hair and who cared for it. Then when I told them I did and that I was from the US, several remarked “hair care is so much better over there.” So I hope you keep up your blog for England!

    Posted by simplycurle | January 5, 2013, 8:35 PM
    • Thank you for your encouragement! That’s part of why I started this blog. I’m from Maryland and I didn’t understand why there is limited information here. But it’s getting much better now though. So many #uknaturals have stepped up to the plate! I hope you come back soon x

      Posted by nwadiogo | January 6, 2013, 8:59 PM
  3. Owkay..this is a major revelation..hair typing,for me,is just a way to see how your hair MIGHT look at every stage.kinda helps to see where you’re going.I’ve always figured I’m a 4C,haven’t done the conditioner test though..next wash day!

    Posted by Olowo | January 11, 2013, 3:05 PM
    • Oh wow! I’m glad I was able to help a little. Talking about hair with others gives me revelations about my hair all the time! That’s why I love blogging about it. Please let me know how it goes for you :) God bless you and thanks for stopping by x

      Posted by nwadiogo | January 19, 2013, 4:12 PM

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