What exactly is "s'wavy" hair?

I've seen this term a few times and am not exactly sure if it just means wavy or something else? Anyone have any picture examples?

I know in the curl type section of the site 2A is listed as wavy swavy but to me her hair looks like 2B stretched or brushed out. I always think of 2A as big but loose waves.
2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
Dry climate.


It's one of the curl patterns that Lorraine Massey uses in her Curl Girl book.

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It's one of the curl patterns that Lorraine Massey uses in her Curl Girl book.

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Originally Posted by Corrina777
Yeah I remember it being mentioned in the book but there were no examples... Is is like straight hair with a slight flip at the ends? Or wavier?
2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
Dry climate.


If you go to the link Corrina provided, click on Swavy (and any of the others) to see photos and descriptions of the different patterns.
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Oh sorry! For some reason the link wasn't showing (i was on my phone).
2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
Dry climate.


I've seen this term a few times and am not exactly sure if it just means wavy or something else? Anyone have any picture examples?

I know in the curl type section of the site 2A is listed as wavy swavy but to me her hair looks like 2B stretched or brushed out. I always think of 2A as big but loose waves.
Originally Posted by kaykre
To me 2a is a very weak wave, 2b is stronger and 2c has ringlets at the ends but often straight(er) at the roots. My waves are mostly roughly the same size just more stretched out and more easily lost. My 2as at the back do easily have that 'combed out' look, they were drying out too fast so like more water and don't clump well without protein.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

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Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
I've seen this term a few times and am not exactly sure if it just means wavy or something else? Anyone have any picture examples?

I know in the curl type section of the site 2A is listed as wavy swavy but to me her hair looks like 2B stretched or brushed out. I always think of 2A as big but loose waves.
Originally Posted by kaykre
To me 2a is a very weak wave, 2b is stronger and 2c has ringlets at the ends but often straight(er) at the roots. My waves are mostly roughly the same size just more stretched out and more easily lost. My 2as at the back do easily have that 'combed out' look, they were drying out too fast so like more water and don't clump well without protein.
Originally Posted by Firefox7275

TY! So 2A would be something like this:

2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
Dry climate.


TY! So 2A would be something like this:

Originally Posted by kaykre
Yes can be, my back section that I consider 2a is a smaller pattern repeat but still really stretched out and weak tho. I don't really see it as the size of the curl as much as the weakness/ strength/ how stretched out it is/ how easy to lose. But that is my impression, you might find others see it a different way.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
I've seen this term a few times and am not exactly sure if it just means wavy or something else? Anyone have any picture examples?

I know in the curl type section of the site 2A is listed as wavy swavy but to me her hair looks like 2B stretched or brushed out. I always think of 2A as big but loose waves.
Originally Posted by kaykre
To me 2a is a very weak wave, 2b is stronger and 2c has ringlets at the ends but often straight(er) at the roots. My waves are mostly roughly the same size just more stretched out and more easily lost. My 2as at the back do easily have that 'combed out' look, they were drying out too fast so like more water and don't clump well without protein.
Originally Posted by Firefox7275

TY! So 2A would be something like this:

Originally Posted by kaykre
Yup, I would consider this 2A. I think 1c is mostly straight but with a flip at the bottom.
fine - normal porosity*?- medium density - normal elasticity. Hard water. SoCal.
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