Finding the right products for curly hair can be difficult! Why is it so hard for curlies to find the perfect products? It seems to be so easy for straight hair: get a shampoo and a conditioner and you’re good. However, getting the best products for your curls greatly depends on your curl pattern.
Deciding which products to use depends on your curl pattern and also on your curls’ texture. In today’s post I’ll be talking about the curl pattern and how you can learn which curl type you are. The curl pattern describes how curly your hair is from a 1 (straight hair) to 4 (coily hair).
How can your curl pattern help choose from all the products for curly hair?
It can help choosing the best products, because curlier hair needs more moisture than less curly hair. So if you’re a type 2 curly you should make sure not to over-condition your curls, while having type 4 curls makes it practically impossible to over-condition your curls.
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Curl type 2:
Typical for type 2 curls is the S pattern: While 2a curls are slightly wavy, 2b curls already have more waves and 2c curls already start to form some curls, but compared to 3a curls they don’t yet form “complete curls”. For type 2 curls I suggest rinsing your conditioner after washing your curls as not to over-condition. Especially if you’re a 2a make sure to throughly rinse any products to prevent them from weighing down your waves.
Curl type 3:
Type 3a curls are curly but in contrary to 3b curls they’re still bigger and not as tight as 3b curls. I consider myself to have type 3a curls. Generally type 3 curls need quite an amount of moisture. If your curl pattern is either 3b or 3c make sure to add a leave-in conditioner or even leave in some “normal” conditioner after washing your curls. Browse through the blog to get to know more about how I take care of my curls or read my routine on NaturallyCurly. To learn more about how to take care of 3b curls, read my interview with Milica.
Curl type 4:
Type 4 curls are really tight and they shrink a lot (because the curls are in a tight z pattern). Therefore this curl pattern definitely allows some heavier moisturizing products like a deep conditioner, a cream or butter. Make sure your curls get enough moisture and to get that you might not use any shampoo at all.
Not only knowing your curl type helps you to know whether your curls need more moisture, but also your curls’ texture greatly defines which products for curly hair are the best for your curls – stay tuned for the upcoming post about texture!