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How To Identify Your Curl Pattern

Once upon a time, you could simply say that you have curly hair, and that was that. However, as hair care has evolved, stylists have come to identify multiple types of curls. Your curl type influences how you should cut, maintain, and treat your mane, so it’s essential to know what kind of curls you have so you can give your hair the best care possible.

Even if you already know that there are multiple types of curls, narrowing down your specific pattern (or patterns) can be difficult. It’s also essential to mention that your hair type is different from your hair texture. Hair type describes the thickness of your hair, ranging from fine to thick individual strands. So, let’s break down the scale used for hair texture.

 

How Do I Know What My Curl Pattern Is?

The texture scale comprises a number from 1-4 and a letter from A-C. The number represents the amount of curl, and the letter indicates the type of curl.

Straight hair with absolutely no curl is Type 1. Type 2 indicates wavy hair, Type 3 is curly hair, and Type 4 is coiled hair. The letters represent the width of the curl: A being the widest, B representing medium curls, and C being small circles. 

 

Type 2 - Wavy

Type 3 – Curly

Type 4 - Coiled

A – Wide Curls

2A

-Light S-shaped patterns

-More of a wave than a curl

-Usually straight near the roots and waves toward the ends

3A

-Large spirals of curls with a wide diameter

-Loose curls that are more defined than a wave

-Generally easy to straighten

4A

-Tight corkscrew curls that are about the size of a crochet needle

-Curls fall in looped rings

-minor shrinkage

B – Medium Curls

2B

-More defined S-shaped waves

-Begins waving at the root

-semi-prone to frizz

3B

-Medium size curls that spring back

-Corkscrew-style curls

-Naturally voluminous

4B

-Tight zig-zag curls that look like the spring from a pen

-Super springy

-Condensed curls

C – Small Curls

2C

-Mixture of curls and waves

-Holds a defined S-shape but doesn’t spring back

-Extremely prone to frizz

3C

-Densely packed small curls

-Width of the curl is about the size of a pencil

-Curls are defined, springy, and volumized

4C

-The most coiled your hair can be

-Spongy texture and lots of springiness in the curls

-Extremely prone to breakage

 

 

 

What Products Should I Look for Based on My Curl Pattern?

Now that you have a better idea of the type of curls on your head, let’s talk about the best things you can do to embrace and enhance your natural hair.

  • 2A: Use volumizing products to keep your hair from going limp
  • 2B: Use gentle products to soften hair and use anti-frizz treatments (especially on humid days)
  • 2C: Use leave-in conditioners or serums to fight frizz without compromising volume
  • 3A: Use a light styling cream while drying hair to keep curls intact
  • 3B: Dry your hair with a cotton T-shirt instead of a cotton towel to reduce breakage and use an oil or serum to maintain shine
  • 3C: Use cleansing conditioners to nourish your hair, and use a detangling comb from tip to root
  • 4A: Use hydrating products to increase moisture and pat your hair dry after washes
  • 4B: Use gentle products and a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair moisturized
  • 4C: Use hot oils and deep conditioners to hydrate your hair and scalp

 

Can Owow’s Smoothing Treatment Only be Used on Certain Curl Textures? 

Believe it or not, but our smoothing treatment is safe to use on all kinds of curls. Our treatment is sulfate-free, and since it only uses natural ingredients, it’s safe for all curl patterns. Our smoothing treatment eliminates frizz on Type 2 waves and increases moisture in Type 4 coils.

O’Wow’s smoothing regimen can help make your curls more manageable without weighing down your locks or harming your natural body. The treatment leads to shinier, smoother, and healthier hair no matter how your curls spiral.

To bring your curls back to life without sacrificing their bounce, get your Owow kit today.

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