The different hair types

Hello everyone!

Today, we wanted to discuss the different hair types and which types of products are best for each type of hair.

Hair type is determined by your hair’s curl pattern. The amount of curl in your hair is dependent on the shape of your hair follicle. The more oval or asymmetrical your follicle is, the curlier your hair will be. This is all down to genetics. Curl patterns can be altered with heat or chemicals or can change due to hormones or medications.

There are four main types which are further divided into subcategories depending on the tightness or looseness of the curls and coils.

Type 1 - Straight hair

Type 1 hair has no natural curl.

It has a tendency to become oily - so it is important to ensure that the products you use do not add extra oil to your hair. Note that this does not mean that you should be washing your hair too often as this can cause your scalp to overproduce oils - dry shampoo is your friend!

Type 2 - Wavy hair

Type 2A

Those with type 2A hair have loose, undefined waves from the midpoint of their hair to the ends. They should use light mousses or gels to define the waves, instead of oil-/cream-based products which flatten the wave.

Type 2B

Those with type 2B hair have more defined S-shape waves from the midpoint of their hair to the ends. They should use a salt spray to create an effortless, beachy look.

Type 2C

Those with type 2C hair have well-defined S-shaped waves starting from the crown of their hair. It tends to be thick but also prone to frizz in damp weather. They should use diffusers and lightweight mousses to help eliminate this frizz.

Type 3 - Curly hair

Type 3A

Those with type 3A hair have large, loose curls. It is best not to brush this type of hair when dry or wear this hair type in a ponytail too often as this can cause them to lose their formation. They should use curl-enhancing mousses.

Type 3B

Those with type 3B hair have tighter curls (or even ringlets) the size of a finger or sharpie. They should use leave-in conditioners as they are more prone to dryness and frizz.

Type 3C

Those with type 3C hair have even tighter curls the size of a straw or pencil and are packed closely together. They should use protein-rich oils as they can be prone to dryness and breakage.

Type 4 - Coily hair

Type 4A

Those with type 4A hair have tight, well-defined curls and the hair is soft in texture. They should use curl gels as they can lose definition and moisture quickly.

Type 4B

Those with type 4B hair have very tight, zigzag-shape curls. They should use elongating gels to keep hair stretched and defined as it is prone to shrinkage.

Type 4C

Those with type 4C hair have even tighter, zigzag-shape curls that may not even look curly from further away. They should use emollient-rich (i.e. able to smoothe) creams.


Thank you for reading. See you next week for our post on vitamins and supplements. 🤍


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