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Crown and Glory

October 11, 2016

Why do we put so much energy and focus into our hair? Men and women alike, in my opinion, spend just as much time, money and effort cultivating their hair. In a study conducted by New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, it showed “that women often pay more for products, almost throughout their lifetime [than men, which includes the latest solutions designed to maintain our different hair types.]” The interesting results is that after comparing over 800 similar products for men and women (including hair products), the items are totally the same except for the gender specific packaging. In other words, the only reason why women potentially pay more to maintain their hair is because, as the study revealed, products sold for females are seven percent higher than the versions that are sold for males (www.latinpost.com). So now that it has been clarified that in general, gender does not dictate how much we spend on our hair, let’s talk more about hair types.

When considering natural hair from a high-level perspective, there are four basic hair categories: type 1, type 2, type 3, and type 4. These four textures can be drilled down further, uncovering a more unique breakdown of our crown and glory.

www.curls.biz provided a comprehensive outline of the various classifications, and I have summarized some of the various attributes identified in the article regarding the differentiating factors of each hair texture.

Type 1: Straight Hair – It is said that straight hair is the most resilient hair of all hair types and it holds sheen, making it hard to damage. On the flip side, it is also next to impossible to curl, and it is the most oily hair texture of all.

Type 2: Wavy Hair – Wavy patterns are somewhere between straight and curly hair. According to the article, it departs sheen, more than curly hair, but less than straight hair. This hair type is also more prone to frizz (www.curls.biz).

Type 3: Curly Hair – This hair texture, when a strand is pulled, it will produce a definite S shape. However, the S could be a lower case s or an upper case S. The pattern may also sometimes resemble a Z.

Type 4: Kinky Hair – The article explains that despite many misconceptions, “this tightly coiled hair is quite fine and fragile.” The pattern usually represents a zig zag pattern and it is the driest hair type, which makes it more prone to breakage. There is also a misconception that this hair type does not grow. Kinky hair grows at the same rate as other textures, but if it is not treated properly it can break easier than other hair types. Because I am a proud member of the Kinky Hair alliance, I can also share some personal insight regarding this texture type. In my experience, kinky hair grows best while in its natural state—free from chemicals associated with relaxers and hair color.

I have also found that this type of hair transitions to locks organically. While in the lock form, kinky hair will grow rapidly and extremely long without damage or breakage. With that said, it is my argument that kinky hair is just as resilient as straight hair when this hair type is allowed to organically grow into its natural form. This also holds true when the ends of kinky hair is trimmed or dusted about twice a year; when it is protected at night when sleeping with a satin scarf or bonnet; and when it is moisturized daily to prevent it from breaking off from the weather, clothing and styling (www.bellatory.com).

It has been exciting to learn the differences between each texture and to discover some similarities. When getting feedback from others, I find it funny that people seem to want the hair type that they don’t have. If his hair is straight, he wants curls. If her hair is kinky, she wants it straight. What I have learned over the years is that hair is important to must people, hence the reason why there are so many hair products on the market. So this is my petition, whatever hair type you possess, this is your crown—hold your head up high and wear it well!

If you are interested in identifying your specific hair type, you can view hair typing on various websites. I have listed a few for you to choose: www.curls.biz, www.naturallycurly.com, and www.naturalhairrules.com.

Zelda Corona is a business and life coach under her company Victory Vision Business Ventures, LLC. She co-authored the books No Artificial Ingredients – Reflections Unplugged and Mommy Divas on the Move: 16 Successful Secrets for Mompreneurs. She is a member of Sister Speak, a trilogy of writers who formed in 2010 with a vision of self-expression and a goal of healing. The trio states they are inspired by grace, allowing them to take a genuine position on the struggles and successes of everyday living.

 

 

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