Skip to main contentheaderOutFocus

WHAT TYPE OF CURLY HAIR DO I HAVE?

Did you know people with curly hair can have more than one curl type, that’s why some curls behave different than others? Or that different types of curly hair make different kinds of frizz? It’s true! In wavy hair, frizz looks like fly a-ways. In Curly hair, frizz expands your curls into a mushroom shape. In Coily hair, frizz makes your curls look undefined. The first step to taking care of our curly hair is knowing what kind of curly hair type(s) we have, so read on to find your curl pattern!

How to find your curl pattern

First, let’s understand how curl patterns are identified. All curls are between 2a to 4C.

Determining your number

The number represents the curl shape and type.

1: Straight 2: Wavy 3: Curly 4: Coily

To determine your number, look at the shape of your curls.

2: Wavy is a very lose S curve shape, meaning that the hair never loops all the way around 3: Curly has an S curve shape that loops all the way around 4: Coily hair has more of a zip zag shape versus loop around shape

Determining your letter

The letter represents how tight your curl is.

A: wider and looser curl B: between A & C C: tighter curl Hint: this part can be a little hard to determine because it is possible to have multiple curl patterns. For example, you could have some curls that are 3a while others are 3b. Figuring out your overall curl type is most important. Look at the majority of your curls to help determine your curl pattern. Here is little chart to help.

So, for example, if you have loose and wavy hair you probably have Type 2A curls. If you have coily hair with a tight curl, you probably have Type 4C curls.

More You Might Like

CURLY | TIPS
THE BENEFITS FOR JOJOBA OIL FOR HAIR
Curly girls, let’s talk natural oils. You probably already know that your scalp produces natural oil...
READ MORE
CURLY | TIPS
SELECTING THE BEST STYLING METHOD FOR YOUR CURLY HAIR
If you want big, full, show-stopping curls, it’s all about how you style and protect them. Curls are...
READ MORE
FRIZZ CONTROL | TIPS
How to Tame Your Curly Frizzy Hair
Did you know that curly and coily hair has a natural porosity? The twist and bends in the hair cause...
READ MORE
CURLY | TRICKS
HOW TO SCRUNCH THE CRUNCH OUT OF HAIR
Tried out a new product and now you're rocking some seriously crunchy curls? Yeah, we’re guessing st...
READ MORE
HAIR TYPE | ARTICLE
WHAT TYPE OF CURLY HAIR DO I HAVE?
Did you know people with curly hair can have more than one curl type, that’s why some curls behave d...
READ MORE
CURLY | TIPS
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF CURLY HAIR
All curls are unique. It might take a little experimentation to find the right curly hair care produ...
READ MORE
CURLY | TIPS
THE BENEFITS FOR JOJOBA OIL FOR HAIR
Curly girls, let’s talk natural oils. You probably already know that your scalp produces natural oil...
READ MORE

Stuff We Think You'll Love

3 Minute Miracle Curls Package Front
3 minute miracle curls

3 Minute Miracle Curls Deep Conditioner will solve your wavy hair woes.

LEARN MORE

Show us your #AUSSomeHair

scroll stoppin’ coils our NEW Miracle Coils Shaping Jelly gives you just the right amount of hold to keep your coils defined and give your natural texture that extra oomph, as seen here on @ashley_masse and her coils