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Types of Curls: Your Curl Classification

Your Curl Classification

Your curl type is determined by the shape of the follicle that your hair grows out of from your scalp. The flatter or more oval shaped the follicle, the curlier your hair; while the more circular the cross-section, the straighter your hair.

Your curl pattern is also identified by the shape that the strands of hair make, whether they kink, curve, or wind around themselves into spirals. The sub-classifications of A to C are based on the width or diameter of your wave or curl. As have a wider pattern size, Bs medium, and Cs the smallest of the three. Below is the 411 on everything you need to know about curls and curls classifications.

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Type 1 Hair: Straight Hair Classification

Type 1A Hair: Stick straight hair that has no curl or wave. This is quite rare this hair type and usually held by Asian women.

Type 1B Hair: not as flat as Type A and can occasionally hold a curl or two.

Type 1C Hair: achieves the tousled look when air dried. This hair type is usually thick and coarse, but still straight.

Type 2 Hair: Wavy Hair Classification

Type 2A Hair: 2As have a fine texture that’s very easy to straighten. People with this texture should be cautious of using heavy styling products that can easily weigh their strands down

Type 2B Hair: 2B hair is flatter at the crown with defined S-shaped waves starting from the midlength.

Type 2C Hair: 2C waves and curls are thick, coarse and unfortunately frizz more easily. We recommend using our Love Beauty and Planet Sulfate-free Argan Oil and Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner for this type of hair classification.

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Type 3 Hair: Curly Hair and Hair Strands Classification

This type of hair can range from loose loops to tight corkscrews which have some sheen but are prone to frizz.

Type 3A Hair: 3a curly hair is typically large and loose. 3a curls are very large and big.

Type 3B Hair: 3B curls are usually coarser and spring like, which have a diameter of those similar to that of a highlighter. And, usually these curls can get dry, which is why we recommend using styling gels with humectants to attract moisture.

Type 3C Hair: curls are tight corkscrews that range in circumference from a straw to a pencil. Frizziness can be an issue with this type of hair and so the experts at Love Beauty and Planet recommend a co-wash cleansing conditioner like our Shea Butter and Sandalwood Cleansing Conditioner.

Type 4 Hair: Coily Hair Classification

This type of hair is commonly referred to as kinky hair and typically very dry and spongy in texture. Strands form very tight, small curls or zig zags.

4A Hair: has dense and s-patterned coils that are the circumference of a crochet needle.

4B Hair: these curls are very tightly packed and can bend in angles like the letter Z.

4C Hair is very similar to 4B textures, but the tightly coiled strands are more fragile and form a very tight zig-zag pattern.

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