Hello my curly Gals! You’re girl Gina here ✌🏾
Have you ever wondered why curly hair looks different between curly gals? This is because there are different types of curly hair. Yes, just how you’re reading it. That’s why curly hair tends to be a bit confusing for people with straight hair. Although it is also confusing as well for people with curly hair because there can be different textures within it and its care is different.
Let me tell you something, I also had a moment of confusion a few years ago when I was getting to know my curly hair to keep it healthy and learn how to handle it. For example: just like you research a company before a job interview to know everything about it, that process was the same that I did to get to know my hair completely. In my search for how to handle my hair, thanks to Naturally Curly, I met the stylist Andre Walker’s system, a system that explains the different types of curly hair, from type 2 to type 4 and its categories.
To know how to handle your curly hair, FIRST you have to know it. Just like the Andre Walker system helped me, I know that it will help you too! And that’s why I share it below ⬇️
PS. To show the different types of curly hair, I used photos of some of my curly blogger friends from Puerto Rico and the United States.
Curly Type Guide
Type 2A: Thin waves with a smooth texture. Because of its low volume and definition, it’s recommended to use products such as mousse and a light gel.
Type 2B: Its waves resemble waves made with a curling iron. Frizz is visible at the top of the head. The waves are formed from the middle of the hair down, below the ears, in the form of “S”.
Type 2C: The waves are more defined and thick. The waves start from the root. Its texture is thick and it is more prone to frizz all over the hair. It is recommended to use a diffuser with semi wet hair. IG: (The Curvy Edit)
Type 3A: The curls are big and loose. They are assimilated to tight spirals. Its curls have a well-defined “S” shape. It shrinks 20%. It is recommended to make a “twist” to certain parts of the hair for more definition. IG: (Beyond Her Curls)
Type 3B: Elastic curls that vary in size. A curly hair very voluminous, thick, and dense. It shrinks 30% to 40%. It is recommended to use some oil to reduce frizz and a ‘styling cream’ for more definition. IG:(Yuanilie)
Type 3C: They refer to curls-coily. They are very tight and dense curls. Type 3 is the type with the highest shrinkage and volume. It is a closed loop. It shrinks 50%. IG:(Lyzette Adonis)
Type 4A: Tight, dense and fine curls. Strongly rolled and its “S” shape is super visible. It shrinks 60% . It’s recommended to use thick products. IG:(Marianne Enid)
Type 4B: Your curl is tighter. It doubles sharp angles of the letter “Z”. The curl is tight and little definition. It shrinks 80%. It’s recommended to Pre-Poo with some oil to maintain the natural scalp oil. IG:(Loraima)
Type 4C: Its texture has less definition and more shrinkage. Curly hair strands goes from thin to wavy and thick. It shrinks 90%. It is recommended to use a creamy leave-in. IG:(The Afro Diaries)
Each type of hair requires its treatment and unique products to be able to handle it better and make your curls look beautiful and healthy. Now that you know what’s your curl type, you know what is the best way to handle it, take care of it and love it.