Infographic: Learning the Different Curly Hair Types

Alyssa François | 12 June 2016

Your ultimate guide to curly hair types and how to care for them.

Welcome to the world of curls, a place where you’ll come across an array of beautiful waves or ringlets that all behave differently. As you may have heard before: No curly hair types is the same. The tricky part is identifying what type of curl you have. All curls behave differently, some hang, some dangle, and some frizz more than others. What’s more, they even feel different to the touch as the textures and density of the various curl types range from thin to thick. Once you’re familiar with your curl pattern, it then becomes easier to determine how you should care for your hair, what products to use, and the best ways to style. Read on to discover the different curly hair types along with a few tips for caring, as well as styling.

Curly Hair Types 101

Curly Hair Types infographic
Use this chart to help identify your curl pattern.

Type -2 Wavy Curl Types

Girls with wavy curl types have hair that forms the shape of an S. This hair type is often confused as being straight, especially if the pattern is shaped like a 2A wave which has a very slight bend as opposed to 2B and 2C waves that have much more definition. Unlike curlier curl patterns, wavy hair tends to be less dry as the sebum from the scalp has more of the ability to travel down the hair strands. To care for type 2 hair use a hair care system that provides a weightless moisture like Suave Coconut Milk Deep Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner which drenches hair with deep moisture for touchably soft, healthy-looking hair. To style and enhance waves, coat your hair with some gel and scrunch upwards with a paper towel or cotton t-shirt or use a blowdryer with a diffuser attachment.

Type- 3 Curly Curl Types

Type 3 curly curl types range from loose to corkscrew curls and is much drier than wavy curl types. Curl that fall under this category tend to have a high frizz factor, so hydration is vital. To care for this curl type look for a hair care system that hydrates the hair and controls frizz. We like TRESemmé Smoothing Collection. The shampoo gently cleanses and calms frizz, and the conditioner moisturizes hair and tames fly-aways. To set your curly styles you can use the TRESemmé Curl Locking Styling Spraya hairspray that fights humidity and locks in curls.

Type- 4 Coily Curl Types

From slightly coiled to kinky zig-zag coils, type 4 curly hair types fall on the dryer end of the spectrum, and their curl factor is extremely springy.  Due to its spring factor, this hair type tends to shrink much more than the others. You can either embrace your shrinkage, or try out natural hairstyles that stretch your curls like twist outs and braid outs. Women with this curl type often struggle with detangling, especially those with thick hair textures.

To care for this hair type, products that are super moisturizing and help with detangling are key. Try out the Dove Quench Absolute Collection. The Dove Quench Absolute Shampogently cleanses and nourishes the hair, and Dove Quench Absolute Conditioner absorbs quickly into the hair without leaving a greasy, heavy feeling. When the hair feels extremely dry— especially during the colder months— add a deep conditioner or hair mask to your routine. We like Suave Professionals Moisture Mask with Almond and Shea Butter as this product provides deep moisture to replenish and re-hydrate hair.

Before styling, use the Dove Quench Absolute Leave-In Detangler to improve manageability then use a gel that helps with curl definition like TRESemmé TRES Two Ultra Firm Control Gelwhich provides a strong control and helps to tame frizz. If you’re styling your hair into a wash and go, use a diffuser to dry. For styles like twist outs and braid outs, air dry if time and weather conditions permit or sit underneath a hooded dryer until the hair is completely dry, then release and fluff.

Now you’ve learned about the different curly hair types, which one do you have?