Different Curly Hair Types


I have been hearing about different curly hair types for a while now. They range from everywhere from wavy to kinky and curly.  I recently found out that straight hair is considered a type 1.

Type 2

Wavy hair is classified as a type 2. It is somewhere between curly and straight hair.

In Type 2A hair, the waves are fine and thin with a loose texture. It is closer in texture to straight hair and it the easiest to straighten and/or curl.

Type 2B hair has a little more waves to it.

Type 2C has more waves and some curls…it’s more wavy/curly hair.


Type 3

Type 3 hair is curly hair. It can range from loose curls to tight corkscrews.  It usually has an S-shaped pattern.

Type 3A has big, loose curls and spirals. If it was looser it would be considered wavy hair.

Type 3B has ringlets and corkscrews and is more coarse and densely packed.

Type 3C is more curly-coily. It tends to have dense, tightly packed corkscrews and experiences more shrinkage.

Type 4

Type 4 is classified as kinky/coily hair. Type 4 hair is generally easily tangled. Type 4 hair can look coarse, but many times it is actually very fine with many strands of hair packed closely together. This particular hair type is the driest and most prone to breakage.

Type 4A has dense, springy coils which can be either wiry or fine, and have the circumference of a crochet needle. They are tightly coiled, with a visible S pattern.

Type 4B hair bends in sharp angles like the letter Z. The curl is tighter and less defined with strands that range from fine and thin to wiry and coarse.

Type 4C is densely packed hair which has less definition and more shrinkage. The tightly coiled strand texture ranges from super fine, thin and soft to wiry and coarse. It is very fragile.

Curls of all Shapes and Sizes!

As you can see, curls come in all shapes and sizes (just like people..LOL!). Sometimes, you can have more than one curls pattern on your head. You need to experiment to find what products work best for your hair.

If you want to read where some of the information came from in this article, visit Naturallycurly.com. It’s a great website and has tons of information for curly girls.


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