Go Back   CurlTalk > Hair > 2

Like Tree2Likes
  • 1 Post By Corrina777
  • 1 Post By Corrina777

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-17-2012, 12:23 PM   #1
 
fightingfrizz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 65
Default 2c with 3a?

I've been co washing since August, with mixed results. My hair tends towards coarseness and frizz, and does well with oils and butters. Do you think I have the typing right? It's only really ringlets around my face and round the sides
Attached Thumbnails
2c with 3a?-image.jpg  
__________________
UK based, Curly from birth 2b-2c fairly porous with cherub tendencies and frizz halo! Faves include KCKT and Keracare LIs, Deva Curl, CCCCL, Ecosyler gel and Be Curly Curl Enhancer. I donít mind the odd cone - shhh CG since August 2012
fightingfrizz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2012, 01:01 PM   #2
 
Knotty_Maddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 478
Default

I'd say so, yes I have the same sort of type. Mine is predominantly 3A with 3B (a clump or two) and 2C mixed in. But as everyone here will tell you, hair properties are more important than curl type...lol! Btw, your hair is lovely!

Check this out for an interesting read Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics
__________________
Finer, mixed with coarser strands, low-porosity, wavy curly whirly hair...3A, 2C hair. Medium thickness, medium elasticity.
S-shaped hair with corkscrew ends. My hair is even more confused than me ;p
My hair officially hates protein Once a month is enough!
Currently a fan of TiGi products, (rock on, TiGi Curlesque styling creme!) but that will soon change - I am a self-avowed product junkie! Yay!
BIG fan of supersoaker method - thanks Rudeechick!
Knotty_Maddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2012, 01:36 PM   #3
 
Corrina777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 2,429
Default

Aside from the obvious variety of curls we all have on our heads, much of the confusion about curl pattern types is because there are two different typing systems that utilize the letter-number combinations, but their meanings are different from one system to the other (you might see that some people will note next to their curl pattern in their signature either "FIA" or "NC.com").

The curl typing system that's used by NC.com is Andre Walker's system. His definitions of curl pattern also take hair texture into account. According to this system, 2c hair is coarse and difficult to style, where 3a hair is fine in texture and can be easily straightened. He also states that type 3a hair has root curl, which is not found in 2c hair, and that while it's very easy to get 3a hair to look like 2c hair, it's very difficult to make 2c hair look like 3a hair without major work or curlers. It's this system that uses the comparison of sidewalk chalk for the circumference of 3a ringlets (or a sharpie marker for 3b).

FIA uses the same letters and numbers as Andre Walker, but in the FIA system, this only refers to curl pattern. According to FIA, 2c is a head full of strong waves/wurls, with a few curls mixed in. 3a is a head full of large soft curls/ringlets. Texture and density are identified separately, thus the FIA classification is 3 different characters.

As Knotty Maddy mentioned, curl pattern doesn't really impact anything (except cuts/updos). Properties (texture, porosity, etc) are what will determine the types of products that will work best on your hair and when use the right products and treat your hair well, you will maximize your natural curl pattern, whatever it is.

Sent from my BlackBerry 9800 using Tapatalk
Knotty_Maddy likes this.
__________________

3a/f/iii Before the chop- Donated to Locks of Love, January 2013
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CO-WASH: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo
CLARIFY: CHS Treatment Shampoo (used prior to PT/DT)
RO: DevaCare One Condition, Regis Olive Oil
LI: Cure Care, As I Am Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Biotera Gel, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, GVP Liquid Sculpting Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse
PT/DT: IAGirl's PT, One n' Only Argan Hydrating Mask
Corrina777 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2012, 01:45 PM   #4
 
Knotty_Maddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 478
Default

As always, Corrina gave an awesome answer! Wow, I was unaware of the basic root difference between the two types of hair. My roots curl...so now I have less confusion about my own hair type. Thanks, Corrina
__________________
Finer, mixed with coarser strands, low-porosity, wavy curly whirly hair...3A, 2C hair. Medium thickness, medium elasticity.
S-shaped hair with corkscrew ends. My hair is even more confused than me ;p
My hair officially hates protein Once a month is enough!
Currently a fan of TiGi products, (rock on, TiGi Curlesque styling creme!) but that will soon change - I am a self-avowed product junkie! Yay!
BIG fan of supersoaker method - thanks Rudeechick!
Knotty_Maddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2012, 01:59 PM   #5
 
Corrina777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 2,429
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Knotty_Maddy View Post
As always, Corrina gave an awesome answer! Wow, I was unaware of the basic root difference between the two types of hair. My roots curl...so now I have less confusion about my own hair type. Thanks, Corrina

But again, root curl is only addressed in Andre Walker's system, not FIA. I know people with obvious 3a hair without root curl and people with obvious 2c (or even 2b) hair that have root curl. That's why I stopped using Andre Walker's system (that and I got tired of all of the talk of sidewalk chalk vs sharpies). It's completely possible that if you use strict definitions of each of these systems you could end up with two different types, especially when you're dealing with the 2c vs 3a confusion.

Because I initially was unsure of 2c/3a myself, I read everything I could find on hair typing, even though I knew it wasn't important.

Sent from my BlackBerry 9800 using Tapatalk
Knotty_Maddy likes this.
__________________

3a/f/iii Before the chop- Donated to Locks of Love, January 2013
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CO-WASH: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo
CLARIFY: CHS Treatment Shampoo (used prior to PT/DT)
RO: DevaCare One Condition, Regis Olive Oil
LI: Cure Care, As I Am Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Biotera Gel, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, GVP Liquid Sculpting Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse
PT/DT: IAGirl's PT, One n' Only Argan Hydrating Mask
Corrina777 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Trending Topics[-]hide

Thread Tools
Display Modes



Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:16 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2011 NaturallyCurly.com