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Girls with Curls
The Origins of Curl Patterns and Textures around the World
More often than not we’re born with hair similar to that of a family member’s. However, the texture of our hair may change over time for specific reasons.
Learn what causes those curls, and determine what classification of hair you have.
Scientists have identified specific genes that determine if your hair will be curly, straight, or somewhere in-between. This sort of variance is referred to as a “continuous trait.”
The Role of Genetics
The Origins of Curls
Variance within a multitude of genes is apparent when looking at hair textures around the world.
For example, while curly hair is prominent among people of black African descent, it is rarely seen among Asian populations.
These gene variations also explain the diverse textures of hair across Europe.
The Role of Hormones
Women go through several bodily changes throughout a life time due to hormones – and the texture of your hair is one change most women readily noticed.
Puberty, pregnancy, and menopause are “the big three” in terms of making a curly-haired girl go straight, and vice versa.
There are many systems used to classify hair types and textures.
3 Popular Methods include:
+ Andre Walker Hair Typing System
+ L.O.I.S. Hair Typing System
+ F.I.A. Hair Typing System
Discover your hair type.
This is the
F.I.A. Hair Typing System.
The Straight Ones
1a. Stick straight
1b. Straight but with a slight body wave
1c. Straight with body wave and one or
two visible S-waves
The Wavy Ones
2a. Loose, stretched out S-waves
throughout the hair
2b. Shorter, more distinct S-waves
3c. Distinct S-waves and the odd spiral curl
forming here or there
You’re probably one of these.
The Curly Ones
3a. Big, loose spiral curls
3b. Bouncy ringlets
3c. Tight corkscrews
The Really Curly Ones
4a. Tightly coiled S-curls
4b. Tightly coiled hair bending
in sharp angels (Z-pattern)
Whether You Were Born with It or Not
While you may be grateful for a lot of things your parents gave you, your hair might not be one of them! Also, environmental and medical factors may have changed your hair over time, too.
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+ Hair Extensions
+ Custom Hair Additions
+ Invisible Hair Grafting
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Slide 1: Image courtesy of Nate Steiner through Flickr Creative Commons
Slide 9: Before and After images courtesy of Invisible Hair Studio
Slide 3, 4: Hair genetic factors
Slide 5: Hair hormonal factors
Slides 6, 7, 8: Hair classifications, including F.I.A. Hair Typing System
A head full of beautiful curls has long been a subject of talk and envy. Learn the origins of curly hair and find out what type and texture hair you have.