Did you know that when we say ‘curly’, we are actually generalizing 3 hair types? Curly is a loose term used to describe wavy, curly and coily hair. Knowing your curl pattern will help you to choose the right type of products and techniques for your hair.
An alphanumeric system is used to identify types of curly hair. 1,2,3,4 represent the degree of the number of turns formed by hair strands. Number 1 is straight (meaning there are almost no turns); 4 is extremely coily/kinky (meaning there are lots of turns within a strand). a, b, c determine the texture of the hair. The letter ‘a’ denotes a finer hair texture, ‘b’ is medium and ‘c’, thick. What makes curly hair curly (or straight hair straight).
Types 1a, 1b, 1c are straight hair so I am going to start from 2.
Here are the different types of curly hair – Come on, let’s figure out which type you are! After which, you can use it to find suitable products – Beginner Friendly Products – Curly Hair Starter Kit
Type 2a: Fine Waves
2a hair has slight waves towards the end of the hair. It can easily be straightened or curled.
Type 2b: Well defined waves
2b hair has waves that retain their shape easily and don’t easy become straight like 2a.
Type 2c: Voluminous waves
2c hair is the on the border of being called curly and is fairly coarse.
Type 3a: Loose curls
3a hair has large sharp curly “S” shaped bends. It is loose and voluminous.
Type 3b: Tight curls
3b hair has a mix of spiral shaped hair to tight corkscrew shaped clumps. It is springy and bouncy.
Type 3c: Thick spiral curls
3c hair has voluminous, tight screwy curls with hair strands densely packed.
Type 4a: Tight curls/coils
4a hair is tightly curled and is the last group with a visible defined “S” like curl pattern
Type 4b: Thick tight coils
4b hair has a “Z” type zig-zag pattern with almost no curl definition or pattern. The problem of shrinkage is large here.
Type 4c: Extremely tight coils
4c hair is the tightest coil structure and has no curl definition. The Z pattern is so tight that it can cause kinky curls to shrink up to 75% of the hair’s actual length.
I am 2c/3a
Now that you have figured out your type, here is a post to help you take care of your curly hair- My curly hair routine .