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Embrace Your Curls: The Ultimate Curly Hair Care Guide

January 25, 2024 · Posted in: Salon News

Having curly hair is a unique challenge with an amazing payoff. Once you find your routine and master the technique needed to style your hair, you will be glad you put time and money into understanding your curls. While a gorgeous feature, everyone’s curls are different, and there are various ways to care for and maintain each type.

This article will look at all the steps in creating the ultimate curly hair care routine for your hair type and style. From morning and nighttime routines products to use, and styling techniques, your curls are easier than ever to care for and maintain. 

Knowing your Curl Type 

While this may seem basic and obvious, knowing your curl type is the most rudimentary step in creating your curly hair care routine. Curls come in a variety of textures and patterns – from loose curls to tight coils, everyone has different hair. Identifying your curl type will help lead you to the right products and routine for your hair. There is a classification system for curls that can easily help guide you to your curl type, according to realsimple.com – 

Type 2 Hair 

 “Type 2 hair ranges from fine to coarse and includes anything from tousled texture to subtle curls. The curls hold their shape but can still easily deflate or be straightened.” 

Type 2A Hair

 “2A hair is fine, has a tousled texture, is easy to smooth out using a hair straightener, and lacks volume at the root while slightly curling toward the ends”

Type 2B Hair

“2B hair has a flatter crown with more defined S-shape waves starting from the midlength and thicker strands than 2A.”

Type 2C Hair

 “2C hair has a texture that is getting thick, it’s more likely to experience frizzing, and the S-bend starts right from the root and is very well-defined” 

Type 3 Hair

 “Type 3 hair ranges from loopy S-pattern curls to tight ringlets.”

Type 3A Hair

“3A hair tends to have large loose curls. However, the hair is fragile, so make sure to limit touching your hair, which will disturb the curls and create frizz.”

Type 3B Hair

 “3B hair types have springy, coarse ringlets that can be more prone to dryness.”

Type 3C Hair

“Hair type 3C is defined by its tight corkscrew curls that are densely packed together with natural volume. This hair is also impacted by humidity and frizzes quickly.”

Type 4 Hair 

“Type 4 hair has tight, small, kinky curls that are naturally dry, and the texture can range from fine to coarse”.

Type 4A Hair

“4A hair types have a visible curl pattern with springy S-shaped coils that are densely packed and require more frequent maintenance to keep coils manageable”

Type 4B Hair

“People with 4B hair have densely packed strands with sharp Z-shaped angles instead of coils.”

Type 4C Hair

“4C hair is even more fragile than 4B hair because of its tight zigzag pattern prone to shrinkage”

Moisture is Key 

Every person with curly hair knows that to keep it healthy is to keep it moisturized. Due to its structure, curly hair tends to be much dryer, and your natural oils have trouble moving down the shape of the curl. Investing in a conditioner and moisturizing treatments and products can help keep your curls moist and lock them in place. Whether you’re maintaining tight curls, ringlets, or loose locks, experimenting with the right moisture can help solidify your curls. 

Styling Techniques 

Styling curly hair is an art form that most people are unaware exists. Curly hair can do so much, look so many different ways, and can be styled in a ton of unique and fashionable ways. Plopping your hair, diffusing, air drying, heat styling and rollers, and heatless curling products are all created to ease the difficulty of styling your hair and help you create a styling routine that works for your curls time and time again. 

Morning and Nighttime Routines 

Keeping your curls safe at night is imperative to the curl hair routine. Curls are easily disturbed and must be protected at night to set yourself up for an easy and successful morning styling your hair. Some people use bonnets to keep their curls safe while they sleep, and others use things like protective braids and varying types of heatless curling products to achieve the perfect look the next day. 

Embracing your curls is just one step in your curly hair journey. Whatever type of curls you have, there are products, routines, tips, and tricks all over the internet that can help you find the perfect ones to maintain, style, and protect your curls. Unlocking the full potential of your curls can elevate your look and confidence and make you feel grateful for the amazing set of curls you possess. Be sure to experiment, and have fun!