All About Hair Types: 3 Ways to Find Out Yours

Want to know your hair type? Learn more about your hair by knowing these easy ways to determine hair types!

As basic as it sounds, knowing your hair type will help a great deal in taking care of your hair and copping stylish hairstyles. Hair products and styles go with different hair types in different ways, and so identifying hair qualities will help bring you to the ones perfect for your hair.

Keeping this in mind, experts have developed different systems to identify hair types. There’s the famous Andre Walker Hair Typing System that mainly focuses on hair’s curliness; the Fia’s Hair Typing System, which expands on the Andre Walker System by exploring more with additional two layers of classification; and the LOIS Hair Typing System that’s hailed for its simplicity. It characterizes hair types according to the shapes they form: an L, an O, an I, or an S.

There’s no need to get overwhelmed because we are here to help simplify things for you in these ways to identify hair types:

Hair types: Asian woman with dark shoulder length curly hair wearing a denim jacket outdoors
Your curls are a stylish giveaway in knowing your hair type.

Renowned hairstylist Andre Walker based his hair type classifications on this specific trait, and so do other typing systems that followed suit. This hair quality is the easiest identifying factor for classifying hair types. Knowing this can help you be mindful of the hair products you use.

1. Straight hair

Hair types: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with long straight black hair wearing a black dress outdoors
No curls, no care! Credit: Hariono Halim

If your hair has zero waves or curls and falls flatly on your head, there’s no question that you have a straight hair type. If it’s not obvious enough, the LOIS System calls this type “I” as your hair pattern seemingly forms the letter.

Editor’s tip: Take care of your straight hair by washing it with Dove Straight & Silky Shampoo and Dove Straight & Silky Conditioner to keep its silky straight quality.

2. Wavy

Hair types: Asian woman with long black wavy hair wearing a shirt and cardigan against a pink wall outdoors
Equal parts of straight and curly.

This hair type is not quite straight but also not quite curly, just wavy like a soft letter “S” (the LOIS System is pretty descriptive). Walker also takes note that it’s also not overly oily or very dry—it always settles right in the middle.

Editor’s tip: Keep the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray handy so you can spritz it on your hair and retouch its waves wherever you go.

3. Curly

Hair types: Woman with curly shoulder length haircut
Unadulterated curls make for understated beauty. Credit: Dvora

If your hair pattern is forming a definite “S” or an “O” because of your light curls or tight, curly tendrils, you fall under this hair type. Since it doesn’t fall flat on your scalp, it’s not as shiny as the other two types. It also differs itself from the wavy type by its bigger volume and higher height.

Editor’s tip: Elevate your hair shine by tousling a few drops of TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops. This product will turn on the glam while preventing frizz.

4. Kinky or coily

Hair types: type 3c
Kinky hair kicks with style. Credit: Indigital Images

This is characterized by its really tight curls. And though it looks really tough, this is one of the fragile hair types as it has very few cuticle layers to protect it from dryness. While other hair typing systems put it last in the hierarchy, this hair type, if given proper care, can look rockin’ even without professional treatment!

Editor’s tip:  A lot of hair products can be a coil killer. Fix the damage by switching to Sunsilk Damage Reconstruction Shampoo. These products will reverse chemical damage and revive your hair’s natural beauty.

Hair types: Asian woman with long layered dark hair smiling
The secret could be in your hair strands. Credlt: Natasha Estelle

The LOIS System uses a sewing thread as the basis in classifying hair types by its strand size. The Fia’s System builds on this with a slight change of names and a few more details. To try this, just grab a piece of thread and compare it with your hair strand.

1. Fine

Hair types: pretty young chinese girl, wearing a white shirt standing in the room

Thinner than a piece of thread, fine hair strands feel almost like an ultra-fine strand of silk. Volumizing hair products and hairstyles are your best friends if you want to make your hair look thick and bouncy.

Editor’s tip: You can add bounce and body to your fine hair with a few little tricks. Use the DOVE Oxygen and Nourishment Shampoo to help boost your hair’s volume by up to 95 percent. 

2. Medium

Asian woman with shoulder length dark hair smiling
With a medium hair type, your hair is neither fine nor coarse. Credit: Natasha Estelle

The medium strand has the defining quality of being just as thick (or thin) as a regular thread. In other words, this hair type falls right in the middle of fine and coarse.

3. Coarse

Hair types: asian girl with thick full fringe straight hair
Celebrate your thick hair with right hairstyle and haircut. Credit:

Larger than a thread, coarse or thick hair strands can feel hard and wiry. Lucky you, there are plenty of haircuts and hairstyles that go well with your lush mane.

Hair types: Back shot of an Asian woman with long black hair in a double rope braid ponytail wearing a white jacket outdoors
Your hair volume can tell you how far you can go in experimenting with haircuts and styles. Credit: Hariono Halim

Both LOIS and Fia’s Hair Typing Systems determined hair types by volume. Knowing your hair’s overall volume is easy. Tie all of your hair into a ponytail (don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect). Then grab a measuring tape to measure its circumference to determine your hair type.

1. Thin

Hair types: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with black wavy hair in a ponytail
Easy up, easy down. Credit: Natasha Estelle

If your hair ponytail amounts to a circumference less than 2 inches or 5 centimeters, your hair volume is considered thin. But hey, there are a handful of hacks to stylishly fix this. There are several ways on how you can add volume to your hair, one of which is a stylish blowout!

Editor’s tip: While you’re naturally born with thin hair, you can do something about its strength. Wash your hair with Dove Hairfall Rescue Shampoo to help reduce hair fall.

2. Normal

Hair types: Side view shot of an Asian woman with long dark hair in a vintage ponytail standing in an outdoor restaurand
A normal hair volume opens many hairstyle possibilities. Credit: Natasha Estelle

If your hair ponytail circumference reaches between 2 to 4 inches or 5 to 10 centimeters, your hair has a normal volume. Good news, you can rock any hairstyle and haircut you want!

3. Thick

Haircuts for wavy hair: Woman with long dark brown hair wearing a floral top and black shorts outdoors
Show of your beautiful waves in a long down ‘do. Credit: Shutterstock

If your obtained circumference is greater than 4 inches or 10 centimeters, you have a thick volume of hair. You can choose to braid it, tie it, or flaunt it in an elegant down’ do!

Editor’s tip: Keep your thick hair always on point. Treat it with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Treatment Mask that instantly gives your hair smoothness and frizz control up to 48 hours.

Phew! That may be quite a list but hey, don’t you feel closer (figuratively) to your hair now than ever? Knowing these traits and qualities will help you take better care of your hair with the right products and looks to cop. Just keep in mind that even with these defined hair types, we’re all crowned with our very own mane, each unique from each other. Straight or curly, thin or thick, your hair shows your individuality—something we all should celebrate.

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