Hair Type Quiz: Which Mane Looks Like Yours?

Trust us: this is the *only* hair type quiz you’ll ever need!

There’s something we’re dying to tell you: Knowing your hair type makes it easier for you to take care of your tresses; from the type products you should be using in your routine to the hairstyles that work best. But it’s not always easy to figure out on your own, which is why we’ve created a super easy hair type quiz, just for you.

All you have to do is identify which one of the hairstyles (pictured below) closely resembles your own. Then, after you’ve done that, you’ll need to keep on scrolling to find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about your gorgeous hair type. Honestly, this “what hair type do I have” quiz is all you need!

Check out our cheat sheet table, below, for a quick overview of all the hair types.

Hair TypeCharacteristicsBest Products
1AFine, Straight hairDry Shampoo
1BStraight with Slight BendDry Shampoo
1CSlight Wave, Frizz-proneHair Serum
2ALoose WaveHair Mousse
2BWavy HairSea Salt Spray
2CThick, Wavy HairHair Serum
3ALoose, Natural CurlsLeave-in Conditioner
3BSpiral CurlsHair Oil
3CTight corkscrew curlsCleansing Conditioner
4ADefined Tightly CoilsCurl Cream
4BFluffy, Z-shaped CoilsHair Oil
4CKinky Texture, Shrinkage-proneHair Oil
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Looking for a “what is my type” quiz that’ll answer everything? We’ve got your back! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Type 1: Straight Hair

Does this resemble your hair texture? Then it’s likely you fall into the straight-strand group (a.k.a. Type 1 hair). And if you have baby-fine, straight hair, just like this model does, and find your locks can’t hold curls as well, you’ve got 1A hair.

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Straight hair isn’t a one-size-fits-all affair! Photo Credit: Indigitalimages.com.

Type 1B Hair

Though you might think straight hair has just one type, it doesn’t! In this pictured example, the model has fuller-looking locks with a slight bend at the ends, giving an almost wavy effect.

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The 1C category is primarily straight with a few waves on the mid-lengths to ends. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Type 1C Hair

Have super-thick straight hair with a few waves? Prone to a little frizz? If the answer to both these questions is yes, then you’ve definitely got type 1C hair.

Top Product Picks for Type 1 Hair

If you have straight hair, you most likely deal with limp locks and oily strands.

The good news: these are all things a trusty dry shampoo, like TRESemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo can help you with.

This will instantly freshen up your style, allowing you to go an extra day between washes, while also giving your locks the volume you crave. Now, you can’t argue with that, can you?

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2A hair has a loose ‘S’ shaped pattern. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Type 2: Wavy Hair

In most curly hair type quiz articles, you’ll notice that type 1 hair isn’t mentioned and that the typing system starts from type 2 hair (a.k.a. wavy hair).

If you happened to resonate with the hair shown above, you have probably got one of the most-requested hair types! Type 2A texture has a loose S-shaped pattern, with the hair often being quite fine. The best thing about it? It’s pretty easy to manage.

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2B hair is loose, often beach-like and defined. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Type 2B Hair

Some ladies have to hit the sand or use a sea salt spray to get beautiful beachy waves, yet others are just born with it. If this sounds a lot like your hair (and looks like this model’s mane), then you definitely fall under the 2B hair category.

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2C gals, your hair is blessed with rich, tight, swirly waves. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Type 2C Hair

Got wavy hair with a very distinct S-shaped pattern, that’s borderline curly, perhaps with some loose spiral curls hidden in the underbrush, too? Then you have type 2C hair.

Since this wavy hair type is thick and heavy, your hair is prone to more frizz—but thankfully, that can be fixed with the help of a hair serum. Apply some Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Hair Serum to infuse and seal keratin into your strands for a smooth and shiny finish.

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Searching for a curly hair type quiz? We’ve got your back. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Type 3: Curly Hair

Your natural curls are loose, light and have a definite S-shape pattern, which means you’ve got 3A hair (a.k.a. curly hair).

Without enough hydration, ladies with this curl type may experience issues with frizz, dryness and a lack of mane definition, so a leave-in conditioner is a must-have.

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Type 3B curls are more voluminous. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Type 3B Hair

Type 3B hair tends to look as though spiral curls have been stretched out, without a defined pattern throughout. Since this natural hair type has a lot more volume and body (something many of us can only dream of, tbh), it can easily become dry and dull.

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Type 3C curls resemble tight corkscrews. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Type 3C Hair

When you’ve got type 3C hair, your tight corkscrew curls tend to be high in density and much coarser than the other hair types that fall under this category.

And as fabulous as this hair type is with its ’80s glam goddess vibes, you’ll be dealing with dryness, frizz and experience a lot of tangling.

Top product picks for type 3 hair

The best way to tackle the mane issues that come with having type 3 hair? Simply by rethinking your hair washing system! Following a co-washing system will leave your hair feeling smooth, nourished and prepped for styling.

Our current fave for curl-tastic care: Bed Head by TIGI Calma Sutra Cleansing Conditioner, which is formulated with ingredients that pack a punch. This sulfate-free cleanser works to refresh, detangle and hydrate type 3 curly hair—everything your curls need!

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If your hair is tightly coiled you may be a type 4A hair. Photo Credit: Indigitalimages.com.

Type 4: Coily hair

When it comes to hair types, people often forget that the Type 4 hair category exists, but there’s no way we could leave it out of our curly hair type quiz. But it does and here’s what to know:

Key characteristics of Type 4A natural hair are miniature, tightly-coiled strands that still maintain a visible S-shape curl pattern, much like the model above.

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This model’s 4B hair is the stuff hair dreams are made of. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Type 4B Hair

In this example, the model’s curl factor is less noticeable and has more of a Z-shape to it, which you can tell by the way the hair bends. This shape can make 4B hair appear much shorter than it is, as it shrinks a lot.

While other hair textures may not experience this as much, you can choose to work with it or try out curl-stretching, low manipulation hairstyles.

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Searching for a “what type of hair do I have” quiz? We’ve got all the answers! Photo Credit: Indigitalimages.com.

Type 4C hair

Less defined natural curls? Then you’ve got type 4C hair. Since you’ve got lots of densely packed Z-shaped strands in your hair, it can make it hard to tell what your curl pattern is.

Yet due to the density of these beautiful coils, your hair is extremely prone to dryness and damage.

Top Product Picks for Type 4 Hair

Since your locks are the most delicate and prone to dryness and damage, your natural hair texture will benefit from following the LOC, LOCO or LCO method (which stand for liquid, oil and cream).

You can give your locks the TLC it deserves by using Nexxus Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair OilThe lightweight, non-greasy formula with intensive nourishing properties instantly helps replenish lipids, softens and adds shine.