How To Figure Out Your Curl Type

Strand size, porosity and hair density are all key words you’ll hear at the beginning of your hair journey. Whether you’ve big chopped, transitioned or have an untouched natural mane, your natural hair can be a daunting battle when you don’t understand it. Knowing your hair type could be the start to you understanding your hair and how to treat it.

Though there are many different sorts of kinks, curls and waves out in the world, one of the most used hair typing systems is that created by Oprah’s hair stylist, Andre Walker and we’re going to breakdown what this system will tell you about your hair.

Use this chart to determine your curl pattern. Hair types can be divided into 4 categories: Straight hair (1), wavy hair (2), curly hair (3) and kinky curly hair (4). However, each category is further divided into a sub category. These sub categories range from A - C. A being the loosest texture out of the category, C being the most texturised and B falling in the middle. Don't be alarmed if you feel that you don't belong to one specific category, it's completely normal to have a combination of different textures. Keep on reading to find out more about different curl types and how to make products work for your curls. 

Type 1: Straight Hair
Naturally Straight hair is the most reflective of light and therefore appears to have a sheen to it. No kinks and curls means it is easily combed without snags and tears. A very resilient hair texture it is hard to damage straight hair and easily manipulated. However, it is hard for naturally straight hair to maintain and hold a curl. Sebum from the scalp easily finds its way down straight hair strands making straight hair the most oily of hair textures and requiring cleansing more often. Using shampoos and conditioners which do not contain too much oil light serums such as coconut or argon oil is best for naturally straight hair.

Type 2: Wavy Hair
Naturally wavy lies in the gap of straight and curly hair textures. It also can reflect light but less so than straight hair, however, the tighter the waves the less the shine. Getting oily less quickly, wavy hair is prone to frizzing especially in humid environments and when styling and being cared for we would recommend using an anti-frizz serum such as Fantasia IC Frizz Buster Serum. Using shampoos targeted toward wavy/curly is best for wavy, adding moisture and shine into the hair and limiting frizz.

Type 3: Curly Hair
With or without styling products curly hair has an ‘S’ shaped curl to it. Though that shape can be tighter or looser, curly hair has a clearly defined curl pattern in place. It reacts very sensitively to climate change such as high heat or humidity leading to frizzing and cold dry weathers leading to dull hair and possible breakage. Finding the perfect balance moisture and oil in your curly hair care routine is the key to not having weighed down greasy hair or a dry frizzy mane. We would recommend the Carols Daughter Black Vanilla for guaranteed moisture, easy detangling and frizz control.

Type 4: Kinky Curly

Tight kinks and curls in a sometimes-definable curl pattern can make getting natural moisture from the scalp down the hair shaft difficult. This means kinky curly hair is often dry and requires a lot of moisture. Though moisture retention is determined by other factors, incorporating products which emphasise on moisture can help you avoid a lot of breakage. Kinky curly hair requires a gentle touch in order to retain it’s growth. Many believe that kinky curly hair doesn’t grow at the same rate as other textures but it does! However, the growth is hard to retain is the hair is not moisturised and supple as this affords it elasticity. We would recommend the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus line.

Though knowing your hair type isn’t the only part of understanding your hair, it is a great way to start. Whether it is to know your hair needs more moisture, or to find other bloggers who’s hair looks like yours so you can find some hair style inspo’; knowing your hair type can help you in a lot of ways. Or, you can simply let your hair go with the flow!

Love your natural hair but need to protect it from the weather? Go for our Kinky Curly Hair Extensions or wig. The perfect protective style for those who want to maintain a natural look. 

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