What Is It Anyway?
Hair Texture (Curl Type) is key in determining which products will work best for you.
You're probably familiar with the numbered curl type classification system (#2 through #4) created by stylist Andre Walker. This system represents three general types of curl strands, type #2 (wavy), type #3 (curly), and type #4 (coily). The lettered sub-categorization of these types - from A to C - are based upon the diameter of the wave, curl or coil. Understanding the general categorization of your hair type can help you choose the best products for you the first time around.
How Do I Know My Texture?
The sub-categories and categories of curl types are to be thought of as more of a general guide than the rule! There are many cases where you can have multiple curl types within your hair, or feel like you might not quite fully fit into one of the categories. That's perfectly okay! Knowing where you generally fit will still give you some insight on the products that will work well for you. Take a look at the photos below to see which one resembles your curls the most!
TYPE 2 WAVY HAIR
TYPE 3 CURLY HAIR
TYPE 4 COILY HAIR
TYPE 2: WAVY HAIR
This hair texture is usually a multi-textured mix between strands that aren't completely straight, and aren't completely curly.
This texture is one that can be easily weighed down by product, and so we want to stick closer to utilizing products lighter in nature that will give us styling and definition, but will not cause an overage of buildup on the hair. This hair type can also be very prone to frizz, and so utilizing styling mousses or gels will help to fight humidity and keep a light, long-lasting hold.
RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS FOR TYPE #2 HAIR
TYPE 3: CURLY HAIR
Type 3 curly hair ranges from a light curl to tight, curly tendrils, and usually have a combination of textures. They are defined and springy, with more height and volume at the root than type 2s.
This hair texture is one that can have curls ranging across wide diameters, placing great importance on the type of styling product that is used to define the curls. Type 3 hair can benefit from finding a good balance between satisfactory levels of moisture and strong stylers that will fight the potential for frizz and tangling.
RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS FOR TYPE #3 HAIR
TYPE 4: COILY HAIR
Type #4 coily hair may seem robust, but it’s actually the most fragile hair texture because it has the fewest cuticle layers to protect it from dryness.
This hair texture is one that can have strands that form a tight "S" pattern, all the way to an even tighter "z" pattern. This beautifully unique tightness and pattern results in strands that can become quickly tangled and lack moisture when left unattended.