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The following is a breakdown of kinky-curly hair types based on the hair typing system created by stylist Andre Walker (of Andre Walker Hair and the Gold System).

Having a general idea of your child’s hair type is a very important step in creating a daily hair care regime that actually works.

Type 3 Natural Hair

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3a – Twirly

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Your child may be a 3a curly kid if they have big loose curls that are about the size of jumbo sidewalk chalk. Their hair may have a perpetual sheen and be seriously affected by climate. If your child’s hair “grows” after being out on a particularly humid day, they are more than likely a 3a curly kid.

3b – Spirally

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Your little one may be a 3b curly if they’ve got well-defined curls that range from bouncy ringlets to tight corkscrews. Curls are about the size of a sharpie and can get quite temperamental if too many styling products are used.

3c – Coily

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Your child may have a 3c hair type if they have defined tight curls that look like corkscrews. Type 3c curls are approximately the circumference of a pencil or straw with lots and lots of strands densely packed together.

Hair Product Recommendations for Type 3 Curly Kids

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DevaCurl Low-Poo Mild Lather Cleanser

Very mild. Enriched with Vitamin C and orange peel extracts.

Curly Qs Moist Curls Detangler

Curly Q’s Moist Curls Detangler/daily Curl Moisturizer

Detangles, softens, and hydrates. Good for refreshing 2nd day curls.

mixed chicks kids conditioner

Mixed Chicks Kids Conditioner

Detangles and defines curls.


Type 4 Natural Hair 

4a – Springy

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Your little one may have type 4a hair if they have hair that is tightly coiled and when stretched creates an “S” pattern. You can see a distinct curl pattern with this hair type and it tends to hold moisture relatively well.

4b – Crimpy

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Your child may have type 4b hair if their hair has less of a defined curl pattern and creates what appears to be a “Z” formation when stretched. The hair will have bends and sharp angles and a cotton-like feel.

4c – Ziggly

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Your little brown baby is a 4c hair type if her hair is densely packed with tightly kinked strands. This hair type doesn’t generally tend to have a distinct curl pattern and is often described as being a “more challenging version” of 4b hair. It has a tendency towards being dry, so constant moisturizing is key. 4c hair is known for shrinking down to 75% of its true length.

Hair Product Recommendations for Type 4 Curly Kids

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blended beauty soy cream shampoo

Blended Beauty Soy Cream Shampoo Cleanser

Silky, creamy, and extra moisturizing.

MyHoneyChild Coconut Hair Milk

MyHoneyChild Coconut Hair Milk

Adds intense shine and conditioning.

shea moisture carrot extra nourishing shampoo

Shea Moisture Mango & Carrot Kids Extra-Nourishing Shampoo

Detangles, softens, and hydrates. Good for refreshing 2nd day curls.

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