Curl type?

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I have no idea. I never straighten and I'm assuming that knowing my type must be beneficial to knowing how to care for it since so many curlies make a big deal of it so can someone tell me what my type is? Some parts of my hair is curlier than other parts.
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Eh, your hairtype is mainly beneficial so you can base some hair styles you might like to do with the people with a similar type as you.
Anyway you look to be a 3A. 2C to 3B is what you'll get from people regarding your hair type but I'm going with a nice 3A for you.
Hope this helps(:!


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Thanks. I've always considered myself to be mainly 3c or 4a with a little 2c cus my front is wavy and my hair gets curlier as you look towards the back. Maybe ill take another picture of it when its clean and dry. I think its curlier than it looks

@wavy mom that website is a God send THANK YOU.
Ahh I see, well yeah the curls at the end look like 3C to me for sure, I was just looking at the 'S' curls down just before the ends.
Ohhh okay I just looked at the picture in your display thing and you do look like a 3C.
Yeah I'd need a little farther back picture to really tell, since up close *sometimes**, hair can look of a looser texture with certain types of curl patterns.


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Knowing your hair type really is irrelevant when it comes to hair care.. that's a big myth the idea that you NEED to know it to care for curly hair. Given, it's no harm in knowing it and it's certainly great to know when trying to figure out if a certain style will work for your hair type..such as a certain hair cut for example.

What you need to know are your hair properties to ensure you are giving your hair the best care.. for instance what texture and porosity your hair has.. definitely check out that Live Curly, Live Free website..it's a WEALTH of good and accurate information on that website. It is absolutely possible to not know your hair properties and still take decent care of your hair...but to have the most optimal hair care regimen..knowing texture and porosity are incredibly beneficial.

Anyway..your curls look like the S version of 3C hair. You probably have some 3B curls as well considering a lot of people have combo hair instead of just one curl pattern and I see some curls to me in there that seem more 3B-ish than 3C. I haven't seen your entire head but I don't see any 4a at all in the pics you showed at all. Your curls are just to large to be type 4 hair in any sense. You are definitely a type 3. Type 2 and obviously 1 are a no go.

As a side note.. having hair that is an S pattern that appears "wavy" doesn't automatically put one in the type 2 category. A lot of 3C's don't have coils or cork screw curls. Their curls look like a very stretched out slinky. People mistakenly think 3C hair HAS to coil or cork screw..that's false.

But definitely check out Live Curly, Live Free. Fantastic website for curlies, kinkies, and wavies for that matter.

ETA.. oh I see you did check out that site. Awesome! Best Wishes on your hair care!
Knowing your hair type really is irrelevant when it comes to hair care.. that's a big myth the idea that you NEED to know it to care for curly hair. Given, it's no harm in knowing it and it's certainly great to know when trying to figure out if a certain style will work for your hair type..such as a certain hair cut for example.

What you need to know are your hair properties to ensure you are giving your hair the best care.. for instance what texture and porosity your hair has.. definitely check out that Live Curly, Live Free website..it's a WEALTH of good and accurate information on that website. It is absolutely possible to not know your hair properties and still take decent care of your hair...but to have the most optimal hair care regimen..knowing texture and porosity are incredibly beneficial.

Anyway..your curls look like the S version of 3C hair. You probably have some 3B curls as well considering a lot of people have combo hair instead of just one curl pattern and I see some curls to me in there that seem more 3B-ish than 3C. I haven't seen your entire head but I don't see any 4a at all in the pics you showed at all. Your curls are just to large to be type 4 hair in any sense. You are definitely a type 3. Type 2 and obviously 1 are a no go.

As a side note.. having hair that is an S pattern that appears "wavy" doesn't automatically put one in the type 2 category. A lot of 3C's don't have coils or cork screw curls. Their curls look like a very stretched out slinky. People mistakenly think 3C hair HAS to coil or cork screw..that's false.

But definitely check out Live Curly, Live Free. Fantastic website for curlies, kinkies, and wavies for that matter.

ETA.. oh I see you did check out that site. Awesome! Best Wishes on your hair care!
Originally Posted by *Marah*

Well some wavys can have curls at the ends just like hers also anyway she looks to be a 3c and maybe in some parts 3b and 2c even in others. 3c hair typically can coil up but really, she actually could be even a 4a in some places since they don't ALWAYS have to be small and tightly curled up. It clearly just depends on who is looking really since no one so far has given a straight answer...
@Mariah thanks for that. Thinking that wavy looking hair is type 2 is something I thought as well. I'm trying to learn as much about my hair as I possible can so that I can come up with a regemine that's tailor made for me.

@all these pictures below are of my hair dry about 95% dry the only thing that's a little tiny bit damp are my roots which aren't showing so it doesn't matter. As you can tell I don't have much body. I used a curl pudding so when I separate the curls it usually helps a little but is there abything else that I can do? I just don't have the courage to cut my hair at all even layers cus I almost WL stretched and id be mad if I hated my hair cut.

Also idk if you can tell from the picture or not but the front part of my hair BARELY curls at the end. I hardly ever flat iron my hair and the last time I did was almost a year ago. Can anyone suggest something to curl my front a bit or do I have to just cut it off?
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Oh now those are much clearer pictures! Your hair is not 3C. Your curls are much to large.. in the smaller pictures your curls looked a lot smaller. It looks like a 3B and 3A mix in these bigger pics..I'm not sure about the front of your hair... I don't know I've never seen hair like that before with such a disparity in curl pattern..unless it was damaged in some way from heat or hair color. But you said you don't use heat..so... IDK. But the bulk of your hair is much larger than 3C or type 4 curls that's for sure. So I'd just say 3B/3A and focus on my hair properties.

BTW.. my name is M-A-R-A-H. Not Mariah.. like Mariah Carey.
The first full pic looks a lot like my hair. I consider myself a 3b/a mix. Or, a weak 3b if you will.


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Knowing your hair type really is irrelevant when it comes to hair care.. that's a big myth the idea that you NEED to know it to care for curly hair. Given, it's no harm in knowing it and it's certainly great to know when trying to figure out if a certain style will work for your hair type..such as a certain hair cut for example.

What you need to know are your hair properties to ensure you are giving your hair the best care.. for instance what texture and porosity your hair has.. definitely check out that Live Curly, Live Free website..it's a WEALTH of good and accurate information on that website. It is absolutely possible to not know your hair properties and still take decent care of your hair...but to have the most optimal hair care regimen..knowing texture and porosity are incredibly beneficial.

Anyway..your curls look like the S version of 3C hair. You probably have some 3B curls as well considering a lot of people have combo hair instead of just one curl pattern and I see some curls to me in there that seem more 3B-ish than 3C. I haven't seen your entire head but I don't see any 4a at all in the pics you showed at all. Your curls are just to large to be type 4 hair in any sense. You are definitely a type 3. Type 2 and obviously 1 are a no go.

As a side note.. having hair that is an S pattern that appears "wavy" doesn't automatically put one in the type 2 category. A lot of 3C's don't have coils or cork screw curls. Their curls look like a very stretched out slinky. People mistakenly think 3C hair HAS to coil or cork screw..that's false.

But definitely check out Live Curly, Live Free. Fantastic website for curlies, kinkies, and wavies for that matter.

ETA.. oh I see you did check out that site. Awesome! Best Wishes on your hair care!
Originally Posted by *Marah*

Well some wavys can have curls at the ends just like hers also anyway she looks to be a 3c and maybe in some parts 3b and 2c even in others. 3c hair typically can coil up but really, she actually could be even a 4a in some places since they don't ALWAYS have to be small and tightly curled up. It clearly just depends on who is looking really since no one so far has given a straight answer...
Originally Posted by Blackdahlia
Nah.. her hair is definitely not a 3C.. it's clear from her larger photos. A pencil or straw would slip right through her curls but a regular sharpie marker would stick in them. Her curls are just way to big for type 4. She doesn't have coffee stirrer curls..not even close. She has a 3B/3A mix..it is what it is.

And yep..I'm well aware that some wavies have a curl at the end..doesn't mean a curl at the end makes them skip to another hair type though.
No, people. It all depends lol. Goodness. It would be nice if other people chimed in.
In her larger, main photo (the one associated with her account, or whatever), she looks to be a 3C.
It really doesn't matter though.. She's in the 3s and that's really what matters. Specifics- unless someone can be clear as to exactly what they're talking about- doesn't matter really.



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Oooh lol myfail, I didn't see that you posted better pictures..
Yeah I go back to my first answer then and are going with 3A/3B.
That seems about right(: Seems a bit too curly, tbh, to be only 3A, but yeah definitely not 3C lol.



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Knowing your hair type really is irrelevant when it comes to hair care.. that's a big myth the idea that you NEED to know it to care for curly hair. Given, it's no harm in knowing it and it's certainly great to know when trying to figure out if a certain style will work for your hair type..such as a certain hair cut for example.

What you need to know are your hair properties to ensure you are giving your hair the best care.. for instance what texture and porosity your hair has.. definitely check out that Live Curly, Live Free website..it's a WEALTH of good and accurate information on that website. It is absolutely possible to not know your hair properties and still take decent care of your hair...but to have the most optimal hair care regimen..knowing texture and porosity are incredibly beneficial.

Anyway..your curls look like the S version of 3C hair. You probably have some 3B curls as well considering a lot of people have combo hair instead of just one curl pattern and I see some curls to me in there that seem more 3B-ish than 3C. I haven't seen your entire head but I don't see any 4a at all in the pics you showed at all. Your curls are just to large to be type 4 hair in any sense. You are definitely a type 3. Type 2 and obviously 1 are a no go.

As a side note.. having hair that is an S pattern that appears "wavy" doesn't automatically put one in the type 2 category. A lot of 3C's don't have coils or cork screw curls. Their curls look like a very stretched out slinky. People mistakenly think 3C hair HAS to coil or cork screw..that's false.

But definitely check out Live Curly, Live Free. Fantastic website for curlies, kinkies, and wavies for that matter.

ETA.. oh I see you did check out that site. Awesome! Best Wishes on your hair care!
Originally Posted by *Marah*

Well some wavys can have curls at the ends just like hers also anyway she looks to be a 3c and maybe in some parts 3b and 2c even in others. 3c hair typically can coil up but really, she actually could be even a 4a in some places since they don't ALWAYS have to be small and tightly curled up. It clearly just depends on who is looking really since no one so far has given a straight answer...
Originally Posted by Blackdahlia
Nah.. her hair is definitely not a 3C.. it's clear from her larger photos. A pencil or straw would slip right through her curls but a regular sharpie marker would stick in them. Her curls are just way to big for type 4. She doesn't have coffee stirrer curls..not even close. She has a 3B/3A mix..it is what it is.

And yep..I'm well aware that some wavies have a curl at the end..doesn't mean a curl at the end makes them skip to another hair type though.
Originally Posted by *Marah*
Now it looks like a 3b in her other pictures. Anyway no one said anything about anyone skipping a hair type just becaus of curls at the end. That would be like saying my 2c hair is a 3a and I know that's not right lool. No need to get hung up about it.
I thought her hair looked looser in the first set of pics. I think she's a 3b with some 3a. She's not a 3c or 4a. I do see some looser ends that I'm wondering OP whether it could be heat damage? Either way whatever the curl size you have pretty hair OP.

ETA. Oops I just saw that you said you never straighten. I can't figure out the front then. It's wavy/curly about halfway down and then it's pretty much straight.

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Last edited by Kilajo; 05-31-2012 at 07:13 AM.
I'm not sure as to why exactly your curls straighten out towards the bottom in the front of your hair.
My mother's hair does exactly the same thing (except hers is wavy then straight ends), but perhaps it could just be the way it grows in.
I know there's a reason other than that but I can't seem to place it.
I like it though; seems unique and interesting(:


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To get more curl in those front clumps that aren't curling well:

1.Multiple scrunches: scrunch these curls several times a few minutes apart til it's too dry to do it any more (a bit dryer than "towel dry".) Start this in the shower while very wet. When I do this, each set of scrunches is about 5 minutes after the last.
2.Twirl the curls around your finger and hold them for several seconds before letting them go.
3."Skip curl method": for a more detailed description, check out YouTube: twirl the curl from the end, then flip it like you were using it as a jump rope once or twice.
4. If all else fails, you can set them with your favorite rollers in a size near your actual curl size. I bought a bunch of Boba straws from eBay (1/2" diameter) for this.

You will want to try each of these methods a few times to see what works for you.
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Now it looks like a 3b in her other pictures. Anyway no one said anything about anyone skipping a hair type just becaus of curls at the end. That would be like saying my 2c hair is a 3a and I know that's not right lool. No need to get hung up about it.
Originally Posted by Blackdahlia

To the bold: Exactly...


Now it looks like a 3b in her other pictures. Anyway no one said anything about anyone skipping a hair type just becaus of curls at the end. That would be like saying my 2c hair is a 3a and I know that's not right lool. No need to get hung up about it.
Originally Posted by Blackdahlia

To the bold: Exactly...
Originally Posted by *Marah*
I'm glad you got the point. it's good to know that basic comprehension is employed.

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