Afro-textured hair is a term used to refer to the natural texture of Black African hair that has not been altered by hot combs,
flat irons, or chemicals (through perming, relaxing, or straightening).
Each strand of this hair type grows in a tiny spring-like, helix shape.
The overall effect is such that, despite relatively fewer actual hair shafts compared to straight hair,
 afro-textured hair appears and feels denser than its straight counterparts.
For several reasons, possibly including its relatively flat cross section, this hair type also conveys a dry
or matte appearance.  Its unique shape additionally renders it very prone to breakage
when combed or brushed.