But, how do you navigate this chart if your hair is damaged, dry, breaking or transitioning?
Because of Oprah’s fame and indirect endorsement power, the system amassed worldwide recognition. And although it remains universally favored today, it was never designed to bring you any closer to knowing your hair.
It does not account for differences in:
In addition, the chart does not interpret the complexities and nuances of textured hair; no two heads are alike. It’s why individuals with seemingly identical curl types can use the same products, but notice vastly different results.
Nonetheless, despite its lack of clarity and guidance, the chart isn’t altogether counterproductive.
It aids in selecting the right leave-in products, to minimize residue and excessive weight. It also encourages meaningful conversations about hair texture (the codes are descriptive and inclusive), which defeats offensive language like “good” or “bad” hair.
I think we deserve that.