Just like how curly locks fall under different categories, there are also different types of wavy hair a.k.a type 2 hair. Most of us don’t usually go technical when we talk tresses so we totally get it if you don’t know what your hair type is. But since you’re here, you might as well take time to figure it out because understanding your hair is always the best way to find the right products, treatments, and styles for you. To get you started, we put together this guide that has everything you need to know about your waves—from the different categories of type 2 hair, to the best products and styles for each of them!
Your ultimate guide to wavy hair
Look closely at your strands. If they have a loose “S” shaped pattern (and are probably fine), you have type 2A hair. Of the most common issues of this hair type is its lack of definition or volume, so you have to choose hairstyles and haircuts that make it appear fuller.
Ideal hairstyles for type 2a hair: Wearing your hair too long may weigh your hair down and make it look even flatter, so shoulder-length cuts are winners.
This type has a more prominent “S” shape. Think loose beachy waves with curls that don’t bounce up. As you can see in the photo above, type 2b waves have more definition, however it tends to frizz often.
Ideal hairstyles for type 2B hair: Be a mermaid and wear your curls long—they really go well with length. Boho chic hairstyles are also effortless with this hair type.
Top product picks: TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and TRESemme Keratin Smooth Conditioner. This pair would take care of the frizz and give you smoother, more manageable locks. Apply a pump of TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops for shine.
Type 2C is borderline curly with strands forming loose spiral curls. This type is thicker and coarser, and more challenging to style. If you’re a type 2C, chances are, you deal with frizziness a lot.
Ideal hairstyles for type 2C hair: Go for long to medium styles as these lengths would give you more control over your wavy-curly strands. Try braided or cute half-up half-down hairstyles to keep it from going all over the place.
Top product picks: The dryer your hair gets, the more frizzy it becomes. Your hair needs all the hydration it can get so include TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Treatments Mask in your weekly hair care routine to keep your locks moisturized.
For more wavy hair tips, check out our article over here!