No 2 heads
No two heads of hair are exactly the same. What works for you to keep your hair clean, healthy, soft and manageable may not work for your best friend or even your mom or sister. That’s because we all have different types and sizes of curls which affects our hair care needs.
Do you know your curl type? Learning what kind of curls you have can go a long way toward empowering you in your natural hair journey.
Here are the different hair types and how to identify them.
Types 1 and 2 are straight and wavy hair. Types 3 and 4 are curly and kinky/coily hair.
We’ll focus on types 3 and 4.
Curly Type 3A
3A curls are large to medium sized, like large sidewalk chalk, with frizz being an issue. They generally resist shrinkage and can be coarse or fine.
Curly Type 3B
3B curls are medium sized, like a sharpie, with definition and frizz being issues. These curls are often more dense than 3A curls and can be coarse or fine.
Curly Type 3C
3C curls are small corkscrews, like a pencil or straw, with definition, frizz, detangling and dryness being issues. They can be coarse or fine.
Kinky Coily Type 4A
4A curls are small corkscrews, like a crochet needle, with definition, frizz, detangling, exceptional dryness and shrinkage being issues. These curls tend to be fine and fragile.
Kinky Coily Type 4B
4B curls are very small corkscrews, like the spring of a pen, or even zig zag, with definition, frizz, detangling, exceptional dryness and severe shrinkage (up to 70%) being issues. This is the one of the most fragile hair types and tends to be fine.
Kinky Coily Type 4C
4C curls are even smaller corkscrews, or even zig zag, with definition, frizz, detangling, exceptional dryness and severe shrinkage (up to 70%) being issues. This is one of the most fragile hair types and tends to be fine.
Styling Your Curls
Whatever your curl type, there are all kinds of gorgeous ways to style, tease, and show off your curls. Check out this Essence article with tips for every type.
And make sure to MOISTURIZE and HYDRATE to keep your curls strong and healthy.