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How to Determine What Hair Type You Have & Why It Matters

Updated: Jan 30, 2021

Curly hair products have came a long way. We now have soo many different products to use on our hair, but do we know what products we should be using for our hair type? Do we even know our hair type? Does it matter? There are so many questions we ask ourselves while we stare at products that we're not sure we should be using on our hair. Creams, gels, mousse, custards, every hair product you can think of all play a different purpose for different hair types, so how does it work?

Sometimes you may ask yourself:

- What hair type do I have?

- Does my hair type determine what products I have?

- What is 3b? 3c? 2b?

I feel you, I know I've asked myself these questions before. You may have seen 2b, 3a, 3b, or 4a and didn't know what those stood for, but I have all the answers to your questions in this post.

Hair types can range from A to C which can determine the tightness of the curls (A is more of a looser curl while C is a tighter curl). type 1 hair is straight hair while type 2 hair is waves. Type 3 hair is more of a spiraled curl while type 4 are coils.

If you have curly hair (type 3 to type 4) SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie is highly recommended by #curlygirls from everywhere. For our girls with waves DevaCurl Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam is a great product to use on wavy hair as seen on Naturally Curly

When it comes to hair products, knowing your hair type is super important because #curlyhair products don't have "3b" or "2b" on the labels, but it does list wavy, curly, and coily hair (#curlyhairproblems). When you look at the label it might say "Thick, Curly Hair" on the label which would indicate to the buyers that the product works well on thick, curly hair instead of thin hair or wavy hair. At the same time there are some products that work well for all hair types, but you still want to look up some reviews on the products and read the labels if it's for a specific hair type or texture, trust me this will make a difference.

Below are some of the most recommended hair products for each hair type as well as a link to each product.

Best wavy hair products (2a - 2c) to use:

As I am Coconut CoWash

DevaCurl Wave Maker

DevaCurl Light Defining Gel

OGX Argan Oil Defining Creme

Best curly hair products (3b - 4a) to use:

Deva Styling Cream

Pillow Soft Curls

Coconut Milk Serum

Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave In

Best coily hair products (4a - 4c) to use:

As I am Curling Jelly

Kinky - Curly Knot Today

Aussie Moist Conditioner

Creme of Nature Oil Moisturizer Hair Lotion

Below are some examples of celebrities with different hair types:

Celebrities That Have Type 2 (wavy) Hair:

Celebrities with Type 3 (curly) Hair:

Celebrities with Type 4 (coily) Hair:

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Related Post:

Hair Care: Curly Hair Edition

My Fall Hair Care Routine for 3B Hair


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