So many of us have heard of the Andre Walker hair typing system which pretty much classes the shape and size of curls. However there is an alternative system known as LOIS. You can see the details here on youtube or see Alice's explanation. Kadiane, one of my regular readers sent me a similar video, and I thought this system probably does deserve a post too, just so that we all know what is out there.
The LOIS system is aimed at defining your hair away from a number and more into a description of the strand shape, size and sheen.
I honestly do not really care for hair typing systems. This would explain why the video on youtube was only able to hold my attention for the LOIS part but sheen and strand size.......I was skipping through!
However, my review is that the LOIS system does take the good hair bad hair debate and flush it down the toilet. Many times people get hung up on numbers and I have seen some really silly people get annoyed because someone who they thought was a type 3 claimed to be a 4 or vice versa. Ultimately, with the LOIS system, there are no numbers and it is probably more useful in description in terms of being able to identify people whose hair is actually similar to your own (and therefore whose products may be useful). It is also pretty easy to follow.....I just have a limited attention span for hair typing.
My issue with hair typing I guess stems from the fact that I am a firm believer that hair is individual. I don't even use or recommend my styling products to my own sister, our hair is similar but different. We use the same conditioner but after that, the gloves are off!
Do you know of or use the LOIS system? Do you care for hair typing?