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 types of products you should be using in your routine to the hairstyles that work best for you. 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 hair types closely resembles your own. Then, after you’ve done that, you’ll find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about your gorgeous hair type. And don’t forget to check out our cheat sheet table, below, for a quick overview of all the hair types.

hair type quiz multi-racial women with different types of hair
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Hair Type

Characteristics

Best Products

1A

Thin, Straight hair

Dry Shampoo

1B

Straight with Slight Bend

Dry Shampoo

1C

Slight Wave

Hair Serum

2A

Loose Wave

Hair Mousse

2B

Wavy Hair

Sea Salt Spray

2C

Thick, Wavy Hair

Hair Serum

3A

Loose, Natural Curls

Leave-in Conditioner

3B

Spiral Curls

Hair Oil

3C

Tight Corkscrew Curls

Cleansing Conditioner

4A

Defined Tightly Coils

Curl Cream

4B

Fluffy, Z-shaped Coils

Hair Oil

4C

Tight, Z-shaped Coils

Hair Oil

 

Type 1A Hair

Long blonde hair type quiz type 1A hair
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Do you have similar hair to the lady in the above picture? If so, it’s likely you fall into the straight-strand group (AKA 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.

 

Type 1B hair

Long brunette B1 hair
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Though you might think straight hair is just one type, it isn’t! In this example, the model has fuller-looking locks with a slight bend at the ends, giving an almost wavy effect.

 

Type 1C hair

Long dark 1C hair
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Have super-thick straight hair with a few waves? If the answer is yes, then you’ve definitely got type 1C hair.

 

Top product picks for type 1 hair

While it’s amazing having straight hair, you’re most likely to struggle with limp locks and oily strands.

The good news: these are all things a trusty dry shampoo, like the TRESemmé Instant Refresh Cleansing 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?

 

Type 2A hair

Long red 2A hair
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In most curly hair type quizzes and articles, you’ll notice that type 1 hair isn’t mentioned and that the typing system only starts from type 2 hair (AKA wavy hair).

If you happened to have hair like this lovely lady, you have got one of the most desirable hair types of all! This type 2A hair has a loose S-shaped pattern, with the hair often being quite fine. The best thing about it? It’s pretty easy to manage.

 

Type 2B hair

Shoulder length brunette B2
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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.

 

Type 2C hair

Blonde shoulder length C2 hair
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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.

 

Top product picks for type 2 hair

Now that you’ve taken this hair type quiz and know that you’ve got this amazing wavy hair type, you’re probably wondering which hero hair product you should use. Our fave for this mane type? TRESemmé Volume and Lift Mousse, of course!

Not only does this humidity resistant, lightweight mousse offer you maximum hold, but it also gives your hair fabulous bounce and volume. Did we forget to mention it also leaves your hair feeling natural, too? It has won over our hearts and our hair!

Type 3A hair

Long dark C3 hair type
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Is your hair like this gorgeous picture? If so, your natural curls are loose, light and have a definite S-shape pattern, which means you’ve got 3A hair.

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

 

Type 3B hair

Long afro 3B hair type
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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).

 

Type 3C hair

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

 

Top product picks for type 3 hair

The best way to tackle the 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? The TRESemmé Botanic Co-wash, which is formulated with ingredients that pack a punch. This sulphate-free cleanser works to refresh, detangle and hydrate type 3 curly hair – everything your curls need!

Type 4A hair

Voluminous Afro 4A hair
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Time for the final hair type on our hair type quiz! Here’s what you should know about this gorgeous type of hair…

A 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.

 

Type 4B hair

Dark 4B hair
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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.

 

Type 4C hair

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

 

Top product picks for type 4 hair

Since your locks are the most delicate, 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 the Dove Intensive Repair Treatment. The deeply nourishing formula with intensive moisturising properties instantly helps replenish lipids, softens and adds shine. Go on, add it to your hair kit, ASAP!

 

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