HAIR DICTIONARY

Last Updated: August 4th, 2017

HAIR TYPE CHART

Type Hair Texture Hair Description
1a Straight (Fine) Very soft, shiny, hard to hold a curl, hair tends to be oily, hard to damage.
1b Straight (Medium) Has lots of body. (i.e. more volume, more full).
1c Straight (Coarse) Hard to curl (i.e. bone straight).
2a Wavy (Fine) Can accomplish various styles. Definite “S” pattern. Hair sticks close to the head.
2b Wavy (Medium) A bit resistant to styling. Hair tends to be frizzy.
2c Wavy (Coarse) Hair has thicker waves. Also resistant to styling. Hair tends to be frizzy.
3a Curly (Loose Curls) Thick & full with lots of body. Definite “S” pattern. Hair tends to be frizzy. Can have a combination texture.
3b Curly (Tight Curls) Medium amount of curl. Can have a combined texture.
3c Curly (Corkscrews) Tight curls in corkscrews. The curls can be either kinky, or very tightly curled, with lots and lots of strands densely packed together.
4a Kinky (Soft) Tightly coiled. Has a more defined curly pattern.
4b Kinky (Wiry) Tightly coiled. Less defined curly pattern. Has more of a “Z”-shaped pattern.
4c Kinky (Wiry) Tightly coiled. Almost no defined curl pattern. Has more of a “Z”-shaped pattern.

Clip-in Closure
This is a silk-based closure piece that offers versatility in parting and wearing, as it is removable.

Lace Frontal
This is a Swiss lace based closure that goes from ear to ear allowing maximum coverage.

Protective Style
This is a style, usually braids or locs, which is worn to help promote the growth and restoration of natural hair. A weave is usually worn over the protective style.

Remy
100% Human hair with the cuticle intact and aligned. This term can refer to a change in color or texture or both.

Swiss Lace Closure
This is a closure piece that has a base made of Swiss lace. It is delicate but durable with an ability to provide a rather natural looking scalp. The hair is hand tied onto the lace and the knots are unbleached.

Tape Hair
Type of extension that does not have a track and is taped into the hair using a double-sided adhesive.

Track
The manufactured part of the weft that is the typical point of attachment.

Unit
An objective term for a hairpiece, weave or toupee etc.

Virgin
Raw, unprocessed, chemical free, single sourced, 100% human hair.

V-Part Closure
This is a lace based closure piece that is pre-formed into a V-shape so that a defined invisible part can be achieved.

Weave
1. Hair that is sewn, glued, clipped in, or fused to the natural hair for added length and volume, to cover thinning or balding hair, or for pleasure.

2. As a product, this is a continuous weft of hair that can have a machine made or hand tied track. This can be sewn in or used in a variety of ways to make custom units such as clip on sets and wigs.

Weft
Hair that is sewn and/or fabricated as a continuous track of hair.