I looked at your fotki pics and agree with elizard - from what I can see in your pics, I think your hair is 3a. Looks like you may have some 2c as well as some 3b mixed in too. It's not uncommon for 3a hair to be looser/straighter when its short and curl up more with length. Mine is the same way - it needs a little bit of length to really see the complete curl pattern. I've also noticed that once it gets past a certain length, the weight of my hair tends to pull on the curl and I lose volume. There seems to be this midway length between the two where I get maximum curl and volume. For me, this is around APL. If I go shorter than that (anything above my shoulders), it looks more wavy and less curly. Now that I'm working on getting past BSL, I'm getting less volume. Layers have definitly helped offset the lack of volume - and it gives a nice shape (no triangle head).
2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate
My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!
CG since 12/29/2011