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Hair Types

The best way to see your child’s curl definition is after you have washed their hair and their hair has air dried without product.

Knowing your child’s hair type will enable you to choose more suitable products and will help provide you with guidance for how you should handle their hair.

It’s quite common for children to have more than one hair texture. Their edges may be 4b while the majority of their hair is 4a type. Or they may have 4a hair with some 3c strands for example.

The Andre Walker hair typing system is not a 100% solution to understanding your child’s hair, but it does provide you with a  good starting point. The classification system ranges from straight hair types to curly hair types. Curly hair types include:  2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c. Use the below photo as guidance and always go by what you know works best for your child’s hair.

Hair Type

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Curl Pattern

Your curl pattern shows the amount of wave or curl in your hair, and is divided into wavy (type 2), curly (type 3) and coily (type 4). Knowing your curl pattern will help you find the right products, styles and care tips for your hair.


Density refers to how closely individual strands of hair are packed together on your scalp, and ranges from low to high. Knowing your hair density will help you choose the right products and styles to maintain the volume of your hair.


Porosity refers to how easily your hair is able to absorb and hold moisture. Knowing your hair porosity will help you choose the right products to keep your hair moisturized, strong and shiny.


Hair width refers to the thickness of individual strands of hair, and can range from fine to coarse. Knowing your hair width can help you maintain the length and health of your hair.


In addition to your curl pattern, your hair length can determine which products you should use as well as how to apply them. It will also help you choose the best styles and tools to achieve the look you want.

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  1. Monique

    July 19, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I would like more information for baby hair product..

    • Natural Hair Kids

      July 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Hi Monique,
      SheaMoisture has some great hair products for kids and they are currently having a BOGO sale at Ulta. How old is your baby?

    • Natural Hair Kids

      November 6, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      What kinds of products are you looking for?

      • Penny Colligan

        May 31, 2017 at 2:56 pm

        Protein treatment a for 6 year old hair type 3c/4a, deep conditioner,something to keep curls in all day

    • ashley

      August 1, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      what can you use to get faster growth?

  2. Mary

    August 11, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Informative and helpful. Thanks for the curl typing guide. Have a nice day! 🙂

  3. jess

    August 20, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    My daughters hair does not hold any moisture and is a 4c, the length and width are my main concern although it is growing slowly. What to use?

    • Natural Hair Kids

      September 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

      Have you tried using the LOC method? Check out this post and some of the suggested products and see if that helps! Let us know if it works!

  4. Elaire Maxwell

    November 12, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    My daughter is tired of the hair style wat should i do???:))

    • Stacey

      February 29, 2016 at 12:36 am

      Hi I have a son who’s one. He has 3b type hair. The top of his hair has loose spiral curls while the back has a tighter curl. My problem is his hair has no shine to it. I wet it to keep the curl…the problem is the curls stay but it’s so dry. I have tried cantu products for kids …hair still dry…I’ve tried coconut oil but the shine is gone once the hair drys..what could I use that keeps a shine with out weighing his hair down?

  5. Taylor

    February 2, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    3 year old with 3C hair…extremely thick and long (at waist) when stretched. Curls are BEAUTIFUL after a conditioning/wash but upon drying turns into a tangled, unmanageable FRO. I am looking for a line of products for her hair.

  6. Latoya

    February 4, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Hi….my name is Latoya. My 4 year old daughter has 3c hair. I want to try the LOC method for the first time. I was wondering if I wait until the hair is dry to add the oil & cream. Also what do I still do a deep condition before?

  7. keke

    May 4, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    hey my girl has 4c hair but it is very hard t comb out including the middle very hard and very thick . i need your help

  8. keke

    May 4, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    hey my girl has 4c hair but it is very hard t comb out including the middle very hard and very thick . i need your help badly

  9. Alae

    October 30, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Hello my 2yr old has 4c hair doesn’t hold moisture it is falling out badly she has patches I have woke up to finding patches of hair all in her crib stuck to her Chunks around the house idk what to do at this point I’ve tried oils moisturizers I try not to use a lot because I know she’s so young…me n her father are ready to cut it and start over I’m willing to show pictures ….from July to now you can see a major difference in length and fullness …I really want to cut it do you think that’s a good idea? She’ll be 2 11-29

    • Tosin

      April 14, 2020 at 1:06 am

      This is the exact problem I’m facing with my 19months old baby and I’m contemplating cutting it so we can start all over. How did you overcome this challenge? I’ll greatly appreciate any assistance.

  10. Courtney

    October 6, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Hi I have a 9 year old biracial black/white little girl. She has thick course hair that has no moisture. I have tried every product out there and it seems to not work. She is a 4b I think. Her hair looks great when it’s wet but it dries so fast in the tub. I want to find a product that will work and she wants to show off her curls and I feel bad because whatever I do, her hair never turns out right. Please help me. I tried using the list of products that you had but it seems not to work.

  11. Alexis Turner

    July 4, 2018 at 6:54 am

    My daughter (1.5yr old), has 3a/3b hair. The top and sides are 3a and hold moisture well with a defined “S” pattern however the back of her hair: middle and bottom are 3b with a shorter “S” curl with no defined pattern are always frizzy and dry. It’s very hard for this area to keep ANY sort of moisture and thus her hair always looks brittle. What brand and products should I use other than a leave-in detangling conditioner? Wash routine??

    • Casey M Mathews

      April 27, 2020 at 9:51 pm

      Trying to let my 7 year old sons hair grow out to see how it will come in. He has natural curly hair but has had it cut when it gets too wild. I cant explain his curls, it gets big. His hair can be course and dry. I was a salon to.condition his hair and to use detangler if I brush thru it. Is there a way i.can tell what type.of.curl he has. I dont know if it matters but he is white.

  12. Brittany

    November 19, 2018 at 12:24 am

    I am desperate need on what type of products to buy and use for my daughter hair she is definitely type 4. And I am all about natural products because i want her hair to grow long. So again please point me into the right products

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