Are you tired of trying hair products that don’t seem to work for your curly hair? The first step to finding the right hair care routine is to identify your specific hair type. Curly hair can come in a variety of textures, densities, and porosities, and each curly type requires slightly different care.
Here’s a guide to help you identify your curl type and determine the best hair care routine for you: (and prepare to be Uh-Mazed!)
Understanding Your Curl Pattern
The first thing to consider when identifying your hair type is your curl pattern. This refers to the shape of your curls and can range from loose waves to tight coils. The curl pattern is categorized by a numbering system from 2 to 4, with further sub-categorization from A to C. Here’s a breakdown of each curl pattern.
Type 2: Wavy Hair
2A: Loose S-shaped waves
2B: More defined S-shaped waves
2C: Defined waves with a slight curl
Type 3: Curly Hair
3A: Big, loose curls
3B: Tighter curls that range from bouncy ringlets to corkscrews
3C: Tight corkscrews that range from pencil to straw-sized
Type 4: Coily Hair
4A: S-shaped coils that range from the size of a crochet needle to a drinking straw
4B: Sharp angles and bends in the hair with a Z-shape pattern
4C: Tightly-coiled hair that forms tight, almost zig-zag patterns
To determine your curl pattern, you can use a curl typing chart to match the shape of your curls with the appropriate category. Keep in mind that some people may have a combination of curl patterns throughout their hair, so it’s important to observe your hair closely to identify your unique pattern.
By understanding your hair type and developing a hair care routine that works for your specific needs, you can keep your curly hair healthy, hydrated, and defined. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different products and techniques to find what works best for you, and remember that healthy hair starts from the inside out. Be sure to drink plenty of water and eat a healthy, balanced diet to keep your hair looking its best.