Black hair has many advantages, such as versatility. You can do whatever you want with it and it will go along, as opposed to thin, long hair which rarely stay set, black hair almost never moves. It’s in permanent inertia.
Sadly, black hair has many disadvantages, too.
It doesn’t move. It’s easily tangled. It’s harder to comb through. It’s drier than other hair types. It defies gravity (grows up and not down). And also, it rarely grows.
There are three types of black hair, essentially:
1. Kinky hair (my type). Kinky hair looks exactly what it sounds like. It has the look of kinks, and is shaped like the letter Z. It’s springy (as in bed springs), and it’s crinkled, and is often hard to the touch. It’s not dry, however, and it’s pretty to look at.
2. Nappy Hair (my niece’s type). Nappy hair gets its name from the fact that it’s often appears to be asleep. It’s hair that is generally soft and dry-looking. It’s not as tightly coiled as kinky hair, but it’s often difficult to comb out because it’s matted and spongy. It can also become tangled quite easily and water shrinks it.
Remember that scene in the Austin Powers: Goldmember when Beyonce’s character Foxxy Cleopatra goes on a mission with Austin and she gets soaked with water, causing her Afro to shrink? Foxxy shakes the water out of her head and her Afro returned. That’s what nappy hair is like.
3. Loose Curls or Wavy hair. This is often called “good hair” by some blacks. It’s common among East Africans and some racially mixed or biracial individuals. It’s defined by loose, thin or wavy curls. The curls are shaped like the letter S. It’s easy flowing and it’s more manageable, even if it can grow to resemble an Afro. It’s common in black women you see in TV commercials.
Another look at curly hair (right). This type of hair can also be described as nappy due to the fact that it can grow puffy or upward. But, in reality, it’s really curly and soft. The looser the curls, the less trouble it is to maintain. It also grows faster than kinky and nappy hair.
* A bonus type of black hair is straight hair. A handful on blacks may have straight hair, but this is very, very rare, and straight hair in blacks is usually the result of admixture.