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Curly Hair 101. What All Are The Different Types Of The Curly Hair?

Curly Hair 101. What All Are The Different Types Of The Curly Hair?

Fashion Blog Wed Apr 07 2021

Who can deny how confusing and difficult decoding your curl type could be for everyone out there. Several hair textures could co-exist on a single head, leaving people to laboriously style hair to look effortlessly alike. Styling curly hair is another story altogether, by the way. Many are still debating over the hair type system but, you have to hand it to the one who started it to become a beneficial tool today.

Understanding hair curl types can make you get the basics to care for your hair right along with a suitable styling guide. Why is it so important? How will you shop for the right products if you do not know what type of curls you have on your head? 

The curl type system has helped millions of curly heads to identify curls and get the right products. For example, combination hair types like 3b/3c, 3c/4a, and 4b/4c would require specific hair care and styling products. Therefore, grab your combs and hair gel to sort your curl type without wasting any further time. 

How To Start With The Twisty Tales Of Curls?

One of the crucial starting points of understanding curly hair is how to start identifying all hair types. Everyone has some of the other different hair textures based on the follicle shape and the hair growth. The Flatter and oval design of the follicle results in curlier hair, and circular follicles will give you straighter hair. 

The follicle shapes can vary from person to person and even can be different as expected, like 3b/3c, 3c/4a, and 4b/4c hair types. The shape of the strands is also responsible for how they will make a pattern or texture, curly, straight, or spirally shapes. 

Most of you will be having more than one texture of hair on your head, making your hair type a combination of various types of textures and shapes. To understand further, let us get down to the roots of your hair to discuss hair types and ways to identify them. Experts say wet hair can help you identify your type of curls more comfortably than dry and frizzy hair.  

To put the hair type in simpler words and numbers, consider the hair types in the following number schemes.

  • - Type 1 is straight hair.
  • - Type 2 is wavy hair.
  • - Type 3 is curly hair.
  • - Type 4 is coily hair.

To understand further, let us get down to the roots of your hair to discuss hair types and ways to identify them. 

1 – Type 1 Straight Hair

Type 1 is the simplest to understand and easily recognizable as it is the straight hair. Understanding these types is necessary to find out what will be best for your curly mane care routine.  Straight hair in the hair type system is classified as type 1 and does not have any sub-classification.

From these numbers, hair is further classified into sub-classification with A to C for being the most comprehensive pattern to the smallest. Therefore, type A is the one that has a wider pattern of curly hair, with Type B being the medium and type C is for the smallest of them all. 

2 – Type 2 Wavy Hair

Wavy hair type is a bendable type of hair with fine or even a coarse texture forming S shapes closer to the roots. The further classification talks about the size of the pattern and the texture of the hair. Type 2A, for example, is going to be more manageable than Type 2C type of hair. 

It is critical to use the right products for such hair types. Experts suggest lifting the thin hair with water-based products that will not be weighing down the hair and make them look fuller. Type 2C is the hair type where the waves will be challenging to maintain their frizz-prone nature. 

3 – Type 3 Curly Hair

Upgrading the waves to become more prominent shapes of springy corkscrews are the best examples of how curly hair is. Curly hair is often ranging from loose loops to tight loops of curly hair textures. Type 3A and 3C are spring-type rings, the size of chalk or a marker pen in circumference. These textures often tend to dry out and become frizzy if not kept with hydration in check. 

Experts advise using styling gels with humectants in them to attract more moisture into your curly locks. As discussed before, there can be various combinations of texture on one head like Type 2A3B or 3c/4a together. Using the styling gels or similar products works best with wet hair to last longer and achieve higher definition in hair without any frizz. 

Type 3b/3c is often found in combination as they both are similar screw shapes of spirals with varying sizes from a pencil to a stirrer. Strands are hugging together, giving the hair an incredible but overwhelming natural volume. Using sulfate-free cleansers will ensure not to dry out your curly mane. 

4 – Type 4 Coily Hair

Type 4, as clear by now with the other hair types, is naturally coarse and spongy in hair texture. This hair type is also often known as kinky hair or afro-textured hair in the curly world of hair types with a zig-zag pattern starting right from the follicles. Type 4A are denser and have springy S patterns of coily hair-like textures. Leave in moisturizers can make managing such hair easier with the proper application and care. 

Type 4B will have sharp angles that can even form Z shape with their spirals. Using styling creams can help these thick hairs to style and shape for shingling or palm-rolling. Type 3b/3c, 3c/4a, and 4b/4c are similar in their textures and coily strands designs. Type 4C will shrink as much as 75 percent of the hair length, making them a little tricky to style and maintain. 


Curls or straight hair have a long grey line in between both types of hair. Understanding these hair types will make curly heads have more faith in their hair care routine invariably. Most of the curly hair will have some of the other differences when you would compare them. Meaning you can have 3b/3c, 3c/4a and 4b/4c hair combination together on one head. Making it more challenging to understand what products will suit the hair well. 

On the other hand, when you get the correct type of hair and texture, it becomes a breeze to take care of and manage the curls. Make sure to identify your hair type to get your curly hair on point. For example, let be it 3b/3c, 3c/4a, and 4b/4c but choosing the right product for them will make you and your curls stand out from the crowd.

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