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March 10th, 2008, 11:24 AM
i dont know my type?!

there used to be an area on the site that would tell you how tofigure out what you are

i... i-ii... ii... ii-iii... iii what are the circumfrence measurements for these

there used to be photos to go by for 1a1b1c 2a2b2c 3a3b3c

fine medium and course feels like?

ive forgotten and i think my hair has changed... im sure im not the only one wondering this stuff

March 10th, 2008, 11:34 AM
i = <2" circumference
i/ii = ~2" circumference
ii = 2-4" circumference
ii/iii = ~4" circumference
iii = >4" circumference

1a = completely straight
1b = straight with some body wave, just enough to give more volume
1c = straight with the odd S-wave, usually around temples or nape of neck
2a = S-waves throughout
2c = waves throughout, odd spiral around temples or nape of neck
3a = spirals all over the place
and I'm not sure about the rest:silly:

F = can't really feel when you roll it between your fingers, may feel like fine silk thread. May not show up, even agains contrasting background.
M = feels like cotton thread between fingers.
C= I'm not sure about (can you tell that I've agonised over my own type, and consequently have memorised the descriptions of the ones similar to mine?)

March 10th, 2008, 11:53 AM
omg im happy im stil an ii thickness!!! i was worried when i dropped down to 3.25 inches because of the shot and some major shedding. however my hair seems to range from 1c-2b and sometimes even 2c... right now my hair is 1c but its been 2 days since i washed it. some days my hair looks like this
sme days its really straight like this
some days its like this
some days like this

so whats my hair type for wavyness??
i mean really! i wish my hair would make up its mind!

March 10th, 2008, 12:08 PM
To determine the waviness (or lack thereof) of your hair, take pictures of it after it has been air-dried with minimal touching, no product, no combing, etc.

March 10th, 2008, 12:18 PM
To determine the waviness (or lack thereof) of your hair, take pictures of it after it has been air-dried with minimal touching, no product, no combing, etc.
im pretty sure all of those pics were of air dried with minimal touching... i always comb my hair when i condition my hair then wait until its dry (usually) to comb it more... i dont think i used a towel on the firt 2 pics... i think i just squezzd my hair a little and let it be.... its strange to me how 2 pictures can look so different when im pretty sure i did the same thing... hmmm perhaps it has something to do with the temperature that it dries at... i think i went outside into the cold right after washing it in the straight hair pic so it took longer to dry.

March 10th, 2008, 12:34 PM

Try to take a picture of you hair without combing at all. Just let it dry, hanging. (the second and third picture looks like untangled hair). It can take a while for it to dry, so try on a weekend...My hair can look like a 1a, if I comb while it's still dripping wet.


March 10th, 2008, 12:41 PM
Here's a link to Fia's hairtyping system:


March 10th, 2008, 12:44 PM
I second the link Meli gave. Up at the top of the page you'll see a bunch of links lables '1A, 1B, 1C ..." those have pictures of each hair type as far as the curly part goes.

Alley Cat
March 17th, 2008, 06:52 PM
Just in case anyone needs help to the link here like I did it's here.
Fia's Hairtyping System (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/vbjournal.php?do=article&articleid=5) :)