What's Your Curl Type

Have you ever wondered, "What's your curl type?" Understanding your curl type is not just about embracing your natural beauty; it's a journey of self-discovery and care.

Knowing your curl type is important for people with curly hair. It helps them find the right products, styling methods, and maintenance routines. Determining curl size, shape, and texture can perplex many people. Complex curl classifications and confusing number/letter systems make it even more difficult. Even those who are experienced with curls can find it challenging.

This guide helps beginners. It explains curl typing systems, analyzes strands, and matches routines to curl categories. You can show off healthy curls. TSJ Makeovers partners with salon professionals to customize recommendations for your hair goals.

Decoding the Curl Typing Systems

The two most common curl classification systems used today include:

  1. The Andre Walker System - Categories hair using types 2 (wavy) to 4 (tightly coiled). It popularized letters for curl shapes - A for straight, B for voluminous, C for bouncy ringlets.
  2. The DevaCurl System – Further segments curl sizes into sub-categories labeled 2A to 4C based on texture, curl width and overall volume. For example, 4C hair type features tightly coiled ringlets with high volume, while 2B is loose waves with low volume.

Analyzing Your Strands

To categorize your curl, analyze it on freshly washed hair without conditioner. Separate a small section of hair. Do this in different areas of your head. Gently stretch the hair to its full length. Look at variables like curl diameter. Thin strands under 0.25 inches diameter mean type 3 or 4. Wide strands of 0.5+ inches mean straighter type 2 zones. Note curl shape - tight spirals and coils denote types 3/4, loose waves are type 2. Jot down any differences around your crown vs sides to determine your overall grade like “3C/4A” if mixed. Seek input from curl experts like TSJ Makeovers if unsure.

Customizing Your Routine

Knowing your curl category is helpful for choosing products and styling methods. Type 2s can use heavy conditioners and oils to weigh down their hair. Type 4 natural tightly coiled hair benefits from intense moisturizers and defined styling like braids or twist-outs. This helps boost elasticity, hydration, and shine.

People with 3B hair prefer certain shampoos and gels. They want products that won't weigh down their fine strands but can still create defined ringlets. You can document your curl type. This helps TSJ Makeovers give personalized recommendations. They can recommend products and styling techniques. This will enhance your hair texture.

Wrapping Up

Identifying your natural curl patterns is easy with strand analysis. This guide helps you find specialized products and tips from curl experts. They focus on your specific hair needs. You can work with salons like TSJ Makeovers. They will create a hair care plan for you. The plan will help with frizz and define your curls. It will also keep your hair healthy. Your hair will look great every day.

What's Your Curl Type