Curly Hair Classification

Curls have a beautiful fascination about them. Each curl is different, pretty and precious. There are so many patterns that curls form and fall into. If we randomly pick 10 curly haired girls and compare their hair type and pattern, there are high chances that none of them have the same kind of curls. Even if girls claim to have the same curl pattern, each curl shape is different from the other. Rather on the same head, there might be a mix of two (or more) curl patterns.

There is a highly used system of hair typing called Andre Walker’s Hair typing system. As the name suggests, it was developed by a celebrity hair stylist Andre Walker and is summed up in the below pics. The hair types based on the method are divided into 4 types.

  • Type 1 is straight hair
  • Type 2: Wavy
  • Type 3: Curly
  • Type 4: Coily

Look at the below pics and you will have a better idea as it is easy to compare with the pictures and decide than to read and imagine the curls from imagination. It is totally possible for your hair to fall under two curl patterns. so you can be a 2A-2B at the same time or 2C-3A. The curl pattern is very much important to determine the type of products that you would want to use for your hair, especially the consistency of the conditioners and styling products. Also, curl pattern, sometimes, defines the styling techniques that would be perfect for keeping your curls beautiful. However, styling curly hair can be different for each and everyone based on personal preferences. For e.g., twist out method might work equally perfectly for a 4B as well as a 2C curly. Whereas girls with same/similar curl type might depend on different methods to style their hair.

Few more reason to get to know your curl patter are: , for one, if somebody asks you the type of your curls, I don’t want you to look blank. {You are a Curlacious!! You are supposed to know everything about your curls!!:-D). Two, it is always nice to know how many different types of curl patterns are there and how many of them are present on your head. Three, once you start following Curly Girl Method promptly, your hair might change for better and it is fun to keep tabs of your curl type and feel good!! Fourth and the main one is that it actually can help with the kind of hair cut that might suit your hair type. (whether to have bangs or not, what type of bangs, what type of layers, how long or how short etc.)

How to determine hair type?

Wash hair as routine – shampoo and condition or skip the conditioner. It really doesn’t matter. Air dry your hair and DO NOT COMB. No blow drying and don’t even bring a cob or brush near your hair. Once you hair is completely dry, closely look at the hair pattern and compare with the below charts and get to know your type.

The below pics are self explanatory. Have a look and check out your curl type.

Leave a comment down below and tell us your curl type.

Right now, I am a 2B-2C and actually I might be a 2C-3A..hopefully, soon… So, what’s your hair type?

Note: none of the pics are my own illustrations. I have taken these pics from various sources and mentioned the credits in Image source.

Vector Illustration of a Hair Types chart displaying all types and labeled.
Vector Illustration of a Hair Types chart displaying all types and labeled.

Image Source: http://www.curlcentric.com/

Curly Hair Type
Curly Hair Type

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Curly Hair Type - Examples
Curly Hair Type – Examples

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Hair Typing
Hair Typing

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