What Curly Hair Type Are You? Let’s Find Out.
What is your curly hair type? and why it is important? It is important to determine what kind of hair type you have. After knowing your hair type, it is easier for you to find out the right products for your hair.
CURLY HAIR TYPE GUIDE
Long or short, blonde or brown, hair comes in all different shapes, lengths, and textures, each with its own unique best care practices. But curly hair comes with its own set of specific challenges, including everything from nonstop frizz to varying curl intensities that can change as frequently as the weather. And if you don't know how to care for your curls, you can end up with a different look after every wash. Once you realize what type of curls you have, they become easier to manage; you just need to figure out what techniques and products will give you your most beautiful and glossy curls.
There are four different hair types: 1 Straight, 2 Wavy, 3 Curly and 4 Coily
Within each main category, there are three subcategories, a-c, that are based on the diameter of the wave, curl or coil. More important than the texture type is the porosity and strand size. For example, if strands are thin, you want to use a lightweight curl type of product like liquid or light creams. If the strands are thick, you want a thicker cream or gel type of product.
TYPE 1: STRAIGHT HAIR
Type 1 is straight hair. This type reflects the most sheen and is also the most resilient hair of all of the hair types. It doesn't get damaged easily and it is extremely difficult to curl this hair texture. Because the sebum (natural oil in the scalp) easily spreads from the scalp to the ends without curls or kinks to interrupt its journey, it is the most oily hair texture of all.
TYPE 2: WAVY HAIR
Type 2 is wavy hair, which has a texture and sheen ranging between straight and curly hair. Due to the high natural movement in the wavy hair, it has the highest prone to frizz and it tends to lose curl definition easily. Wavy has an S-pattern strand, which can be formed throughout the hair or closer to the head depends on the subcategory. For these types of curls, it's important to "use a sulphate free shampoo and only brush in the shower while the hair is wet because this will tame the unruliness of it. While type A waves can easily alternate between straight and curly styles, type B and C Wavy hair is resistant to styling. Remember to not fuss or play with the hair before it's completely dry because it'll result in unwanted frizz.
Since this type of curl tends to be drier by nature and requires maximum moisture, look for a hydrating system
TYPE 3: CURLY HAIR
Type 3 is curly hair, which includes hair types from loose spiral curls to tight corkscrew curls. The coils are not as tightly packed as in kinky hair and therefore it is more receptive to different styling methods. These curls can be densely packed and offer lots of volume, so to make the most of this type of hair, you should always detangle before washing. This hair is easily tangled; therefore, pre-shampoo detangling will aid in the ease of your cleaning routine and will reduce the possibility for the breakage and snapping, that's so prevalent to this hair type when brushed or detangled dry. Lack of proper care causes less defined curls.
Curly hair is prone to dryness, breakage and especially to fizziness. It needs added moisture to keep the curls well-formed coils and to prevent frizz
TYPE 4: COILY HAIRType 4 is Coil hair which is known to be the curliest and tightest hair type there is. However, most often there will be no visible curl pattern because the strand tends to form so-called Z-pattern instead of S-pattern. Coiled textured hair is often fragile, dry and with a very high density. Compared to other hair types, type 4 hair often has a short appearance since it is very tightly coiled making it shrink more and by having fewer cuticle layers making it is more susceptible to damage.
Coily hair needs added moisture to avoid the breakage of the hair. With added moisture, you can increase the sebum production and increase hydration.