The term “curl” encompasses so many unique and wonderful hair formations. But we know how confusing it can be to decode what type of curls you may actually have – especially because it’s not uncommon for those with curly or textured hair to have different curl patterns throughout. So, from 2A to 4C, we’re here to help you demystify the world of curls and ultimately help you find the haircare regimen that fits your curls best.
WHY CURL TYPE MATTERS?
Knowing your curl type can help you better treat your curls with the correct haircare routine. While products aren’t explicitly labelled for specific curl types, it’ll help you become a smarter consumer, allowing you to hone-in on the products that offer the benefits your curls need.
For example, if you’ve got fine waves or a 2A type hair, you might like to use a Dry Texture Spray to bring extra volume and fullness to your waves, without weighing them down. On the other hand, someone with 4C hair will be looking for products offering deep hydration like a Hydrating Treatment Mask.
Whenever you hear terms such as “2A” or “4C”, they are referring to a combination the tightness and formation of the curl pattern.
To start, hair patterns have been broken up into 4 types:
- Type 1 – Straight Hair
- Type 2 – Wavy Hair
- Type 3 – Curly Hair
- Type 4 – Coily Hair
Following the numbers are alphabetic subcategories. These subcategories help to further identify the pattern in your hair using the diameter or width of the curl pattern:
- Type A – Widest Curl Width
- Type B – Medium Curl Width
- Type C – Smallest or “Tightest” Width
HAIR GOALS BY CURL TYPE
- Subtle, tousled waves
- Grows straight at the crown and forms a gentle s-shaped pattern at the ends
- Hair goals: Adding volume & fullness
- Loose waves
- Lies flatter at the crown and forms medium s-shaped waves from the mid-lengths
- Hair goals: Taming frizz, and (if desired) curl enhancement
- Defined s-shaped waves, beginning at the root
- Borders between wavy & curly hair
- Hair goals: Taming frizz, curl enhancement
- Large and well-defined curls
- Comparable in diameter to the width of a sidewalk chalk
- Hair goals: Curl definition
- Medium-sized spirals with have a defined shape
- Comparable in diameter to the width of a marker
- Hair goals: Taming frizz, deep conditioning, and sculpting curls
- Defined, tightly packed curls resembling a corkscrew
- Comparable in diameter to the width of a pencil
- Hair goals: Taming frizz, hydration
- Tight coils with a distinctive s-shape pattern
- Comparable in diameter to the size of a crochet needle
- Hair goals: Taming frizz & fly-aways, rich hydration
- Tight coils with a less distinctive curl
- Bends in sharp angles, closely resembling a zig-zag pattern
- Hair goals: Deep conditioning, rich hydration
- Most densely packed coil pattern with zig-zag shape
- Subject to lots of shrinkage
- Hair goals: Deep conditioning, rich hydration, minimizing breakage
HYDRATION FOR CURLS
If you’ve made it this far, you’ve (probably) noticed that keeping your curls hydrated and conditioned is a common goal for many curl patterns. When it comes to hydration, it’s important to opt for products without harsh chemicals, like Parabens or Sulfates. (Luckily, you’ll never find these in DESIGNME’s products). Instead, look for products composed of natural and nourishing ingredients such as:
until next time...
We hope this latest entry helped you better understand how to identify your curl pattern(s), and to find the products that will help bring out that beautiful, natural bounce.
The DESIGNME Team