Deciphering your unique curl type can seem like a daunting task, but fear not; we're here to demystify the process. Whether you have curly, coily, wavy, or textured hair, understanding your hair type is the first step to achieving stunning curls that turn heads. In this two-part series, we'll walk you through the intricacies of curly hair types, offering valuable insights and expert tips to help you embrace your beautiful locks.
The Basics of Curl Typing
When it comes to categorizing curly hair, most people refer to a system originally developed by hairstylist Andre Walker. While it's not without controversy and debate, this system remains a useful tool for identifying your curl pattern(s) and guiding you towards the right hair care and styling products. Understanding your hair type allows you to better care for your curls and explore various hairstyles.
Your curl type is primarily determined by the shape of the hair follicles on your scalp. Flatter or oval-shaped follicles result in curlier hair, while more circular cross-sections produce straighter hair. Additionally, the way your hair strands kink, curve, or form spirals further defines your curl pattern.
Type 2 (Wavy) Hair
Type 2 waves encompass a spectrum from fine to coarse, with a noticeable S pattern that hugs the head. If you have Type 2A hair, it's fine and easy to straighten but prone to being weighed down by heavy styling products. Opt for lightweight formulas like Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam to maintain volume at the roots.
Type 2B hair is thicker, with flatter crowns and more defined S-shaped waves. To enhance these waves, try texturizing mists such as Ouai Wave Spray or Ceremonia Guava Beach Waves Hair Texturizing Spray for a natural, non-crunchy look.
Type 2C waves are thick and can be prone to frizz, with well-defined S-bends starting at the roots. Use sulfate-free co-washes like Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Shea Hydrating Co-Wash and layer a leave-in conditioner with a mousse, like Verb Curl Leave-In Conditioner and Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Curl Enhancing Mousse, for hydration and curl definition.
In Part 2 of our series, we'll delve into Type 3 (Curly) and Type 4 (Coily) hair, providing you with insights and product recommendations to help you maintain and style your curls effectively. Stay tuned to unlock the secrets of your curly hair.