Texture Type 2A
Type 2a wavy hair is generally fine, silky and easy to manage, straighten and curl. It is also resistant to bounce and frizz, even in the most challenging conditions. The wave in type 2a hair forms a slight "S" and sticks close to the head, even when layered. Due to its thin nature, type 2a hair tends to be delicate and should be handled with care. Be sure to apply a heat protecting cream or spray before straightening or curling.
Quick tip: Use lighter products such as mousses, lotions or gels that enhance the curls, but don't weigh them down.
Texture Type 2B
Type 2b wavy hair has a bit more wave to it than type 2a hair and is also somewhat resistant to styling. Type 2b hair sticks close to the head and forms into "S" shaped waves. It won't bounce, even if layered, but does tend to frizz. Type 2b hair generally has a nice sheen, so be sure to choose lighter products such as mousses or gels that can enhance your waves without weighing them down.
Quick tip: Let hair air dry or use a diffuser.
Texture Type 2c
Type 2c hair is thicker, coarser wavy hair that is composed of a few more actual curls rather than just waves. Type 2c hair tends to be more resistant to styling and will frizz easily. Wavy whirlies tend to use a lot of gel to style and manage frizz. Many with 2c hair have an underlayer of straight hair, while others have an underlayer with more ringlets and curls.
Quick tip: To style hair and manage frizz, use a lot of gel. Scrunch in styling products with a microfiber towel
Texture Type 3A
Type 3a curls show a definite loopy "S" pattern. Curls are well-defined and springy, as well as naturally big, loose and often very shiny. 3a curls' circumference are sidewalk-chalk size. Generally, this hair type can be easily straightened, but is very much affec...
Quick tip: Use gels and creams that offer light moisture and curl definition. Milks and smoothies work great!
Texture Type 3B
People with type 3b hair have well-defined, springy, copious curls that range from bouncy ringlets to tight corkscrews. 3b curls are Sharpie size in circumference. Type 3b hair can be straightened, but it definitely takes some work. Type 3b hair generally isn’t pa...
Quick tip: Because this hair type tends to frizz easily, use gels and styling creams with extra moisture and serious frizz control.
Texture Type 3c
Type 3c hair has voluminous, tight curls in corkscrews, approximately the circumference of a pencil or straw. The curls can be either kinky, or very tightly curled, with lots and lots of strands densely packed together. Getting this type of hair to blow dry straight is more challenging than for 3a or 3b, but it usually can be done. The very tight curls are usually fine in texture.
Quick tip: Use stylings creams, butters and oils for type 3c hair. This hair type needs extra moisture and tender-loving care since it's so fragile.
Texture Type 4A
Type 4a hair is tightly coiled hair that has a definite "S" curl pattern. The circumference of the spirals is close to that of a crochet needle, and hair can be wiry or fine-textured. It has more moisture than 4b, but is very fragile with lots of strands densely packed together. Type 4a hair also has fewer cuticle layers than other hair types, giving it less natural protection from damage.
Quick tip: Be sure to always keep creams, butters and oils on hand. They make the best stylers for type 4a hair.
Texture Type 4B
Type 4b hair has a less defined curl pattern, and has a cotton-like feel. It can range from fine/thin to wiry/coarse with lots and lots of strands densely packed together. Instead of curling or coiling, the hair bends in sharp angles like the letter "Z" and often shrinks up to 75% of the actual hair length. Type 4b hair is also very fragile, so you need to take great care when working with it.
Quick tip: Detangle hair with a lot of conditioner in your hair and use a comb or detangling brush. Cleanse your scalp anywhere from every 2 days to every 2 weeks.
Texture Type 4c
Type 4c hair is composed of curl patterns that will almost never clump without being styled. It can range from fine/thin/super soft to wiry/coarse with lots of densely packed strands. Some say 4c looks identical to 4b except that the curls are so tightly kinked, there is seemingly no definition. Type 4c can shrink more than 75%.
Quick tip: Use styling creams, butters and oils for type 4 hair. Make sure to deep condition often to add extra moisture and strength.