How To Figure Out What Your Curly Hair Type Is and Why It’s Important for Keeping Your Hair Healthy

Hello beauties, today we are talking about your curly hair type.

Basically, someone took the time to break up the different types of curly hair into categories and your specific curly hair type, or curly pattern determines how your hair is styled and what products are best to use.

The categories of curly hair types are type 2 which is wavy, type 3 which is curly and type 4 which is coily. Each of the three categories are also broken up into sub-categories. The subcategory you’re a part of is determined by the width of your curl.

Although this seems like a perfect fool-proof system you have to remember this isn’t an exact science. It’s completely possible for you to be in between categories or have more than one curly hair type or curl pattern on your head. Don’t worry that’s completely normal.

Knowing what your curly hair pattern is will better equip you to be able to take care fo your hair and style it in a way that is flattering to you.

Personally, I am a mix of 3B and 3C, So I’m still within the same category but in In-between two different subcategories.

I just want to say that all curly hair is beautiful. It doesn’t matter what your texture or your curly hair type is it is perfect and beautiful and disregard anyone who tells you otherwise.

Related: 7 Ways to Sleep and Protect Your Curly Hair

Related: The LOC Method of Moisturizing Your Curly Hair

But we’ll get into all that later.

I also have a free email course called Caring for Curls where I walk you through the basics of caring for your curly hair like figuring out your porosity and density and sample curly hair routines for you to follow! Sign up below (:

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What's your curly hair type? How to figure out your curly hair type and why it's important to know

Curly Hair Type

 

How to find your curly hair type?

The best way to find your curly hair type is to make sure that your hair is moisturized and free of any damage because this can alter the results you get.

I recommend cutting off any damaged hair that you have and then waiting about three months for your hair to become healthy again before trying to figure out what your curly hair type is.

During this time you should stay away from any heat tools, this means flat irons, blow dryers, and curling wands. You should also utilize protective hairstyles such as braid and buns and deep condition regularly.

Once your hair is in its healthiest state you’ll be able to figure out what your curly hair type is with more accuracy.

A recognizable sign of damaged hair is having curls at the roots but having straight hair towards the ends. This is a sign of heat damage.

In order to find your curly hair type, take a look at the descriptions below and see which one most closely matches your hair.

Remember it’s totally normal for you to be in between categories or subcategories.

Curly hair type categories

Type 2 – Wavy

If you have type 2 hair then that means you have wavy hair.

Wavy hair has more of an S-shaped curl.

Many women with type 2 hair are called out for not having curly hair or having curly hair that is more easily manageable but that is not true.

The type of curl you have doesn’t define if you have curly hair or not, the fact that your hair has a bend in it at all means you have curly hair regardless of how tight or lose the curl is.

Women, or men, with type 2 hair struggle a lot with frizz and having hair that is less dense than the other curly hair types. This means it’s easier for type 2 hair to be weighed down with product so you have to be careful what you use.

Type A wavy hair is almost straight but has a loose curl.

Type B wavy hair means you have more defined waves

Type C wavy hair means you have ringlets but most of your hair is defined waves.

If you have type 2 hair, I recommend you use leave-in conditioners and mousse that will give your hair a gentle hold without weighing it down.

Type 3 – Curly

If you have type 3 hair than your hair is a lot more defined then type two girls and boys.

Your hair tends to form in ringlets or spirals.

A common problem for type 3 curly hair type people is getting definition to their curls. Even though your hair naturally forms a ringlet shape it doesn’t always hold and frizz takes over especially if your hair is plagued by excessive dryness.

You have type 3A curly hair if your spirals are very large.

You have type 3B curly hair if your curls are little on the medium side.

If your spirals are very tight, almost the size of a straw, then you have type 3C hair.

For type 3 curly hair people, I recommend using creams to give your hair definition and using gels in order to keep your frizz in check.

Some people with type 3 hair can also weigh their hair down with too much product so be aware.

Type 4 – Coily

Unfortunately, people with type 4 curly hair most often experience shrinkage. This is when your hair curls up so much that it makes it look like your hair is shorter than it actually is.

A very common problem that plagues people with type 4 curly hair is dryness and tangles. I recommend investing in a good conditioner that has a lot of slip for detangling. The slip of a conditioner just means how well it lubricates the hair and makes it easier to comb through.

I also recommend looking into the loc method of moisturizing your hair.

If you’re interested in learning more about this method you can read my post about the LOC method here! This method works really well with type 4 curly hair because it locks in moisture and makes it easier to manage.

Type 4A coily hair curls look like corkscrews and are very small.

Type 4B curly hair coils are even tighter than type 4A curls and resemble the spring you find in mechanical pencils and pens.

People with type 4C coils will look similar to type 4B but your hair will usually be denser.

Why does your curly hair type matter?

Knowing your curly hair type just gives you more insight into your hair and what it needs from you.

Your hair knows what it wants to do but it needs your help to get there and the more you understand your hair the easier it will be to manage.

There are, of course, other factors that you need to consider when you’re learning out to care for your curly hair but knowing your curly hair type is a good start!

Well, beauties that’s it for this post!

You can sign up for my free email course, Caring for Curls, below (:

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