4C, 3B… What’s My Hair Type? Do I Even Care?

Naturally curly hair is so interesting because it can vary so much from head to head. While some people have very tight kinks and curls, others have looser waves.

Nonetheless, all naturally curly hair can be tough to tackle if you don’t know how to handle it. Figuring out your hair type can make it easier to learn about keeping your hair healthy.

Hair types are classified under three divisions: Type 2, Type 3, and Type 4. Type 2 hair is typically fine with very loose waves. Type 4 hair is very thick and course with kinks rather than curls.

Now, each hair type is also divided into three parts: A, B and C. A denotes the looser end of the spectrum, while C represents the tighter end of that hair type, as far as curls go.

With that being said, the hair types are listed as follows: Type 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, or 4C. And of course, none of these are concrete, so it is possible for your hair to be a combination of hair types.

2A = Loose, fine waves. 4C = Tight, course kinks

Take a look at this chart and try to see which hair type your own hair is closest to. My hair type is 3C.

The reason why discovering your hair type is so beneficial is because different hair types require different care.

For example, someone with Type 4C hair should use heavy creams and oils to add moisture since their hair is typically more porous and prone to losing moisture. Meanwhile, someone with Type 2A hair should stay away from heavy creams and oils because their hair would not be able to absorb as much of the moisture, which would only weight their hair and make it look dirty.

For more information about how to care specifically for your hair type, check out this site! They have a great list of do’s and don’ts for each hair type.

If you’re having problems managing your curls, hopefully this information will make it easier for you to create a plan of action. The more you learn about your hair, the less intimidated you will be by your curls.

I know sometimes it can seem like our hair has a mind of its own, but I assure you it does not! You can conquer your curls!


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