As you know, everyone has a way to classify hair; whether it be Oprah’s stylist Andre Walker or others who created charts inspired by Andre’s chart, everyone seems to have a take on it! Though I recognize that my hair would fall into the ‘4’ category, I don’t rely on those charts. There are so many factors when deciding how to care for your hair and even though you may share a hair type with another, their techniques and products might now work for you. For the most part, I really like this common sense chart; it gives simple suggestions for techniques based on strand texture and thickness, which I find matters the most. I find that knowing porosity and density helped me find what my hair needs were and what products would best assist in maintaining it. This chart gives tips for fine, combination, and course hair types, regarding a sealant, moisturizers, detangling, heat application, and hair styles.
The only questionable information was the suggestion to texturize combination and course hair which changes the structure of the hair, which I do not believe is necessary.
Overall, whether or not you use a chart to classify your hair, I would suggest a trial and error period to really get to know your hair needs and wants. As I said earlier, no one solution fits all heads, so it really takes time to develop a regime that fits your lifestyle and hair needs. It’s worth the investment!