We all live with unique curls. For ease there is the hair typing system that can help you classify your curl pattern, which further helps when searching for hair care reviews and styling tips online. Despite all the hoopla that seems to surround hair typing, it is merely one facet of hair identification, and while important it is not the end all to hair care. Knowing your curl pattern is best for finding the right styling products and for styling tips whereas hair porosity and density plays a larger role in actual hair care. 

Width and Porosity

Hair porosity is the hair’s ability to absorb and hold moisture. It can be low, medium, or high with each end of spectrum having its own challenges. Hair width refers to the diameter of the individual strands. They can be fine, medium, or coarse, which could aid in mindful styling, especially when it comes to color treating and heat styling. These are other factors that could aid in optimal hair health.

Hair is dead, but the debate on how to care for it lives on. We love our hair. It is an extension of ourselves. To some it is an accessory while to others it is their crown and glory. No matter how you feel about your strands, knowing what it needs to stay healthy is pivotal to gorgeousness and this process does not happen overnight. Trial and error is essential to figuring it all out. Sorry, but Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was sexy hair! Hair styling poses challenges for each hair type so we wanted to cut down on the panic factor by sharing a few styles that look great and are easy to recreate for the lovely type 2 curly girls.

More about porosity: This is Actually More Important Than Your Curl Pattern

More about width: Fine, Normal, and Coarse Hair: Why Width Matters

What is Type 2 Hair?

To describe Type 2 hair in one word would be “wavy”. There is 2A, which is slightly wavy with a gentle “s” shape that sticks close to the head and fine. 2B has more of a full “s” which also sticks close to the head and has a tendency to frizz. Type 2C is full on wavy, thicker and may even have actual curls. Frizzes easiest of all 2’s and many with this hair type do have straight hairs in their underlayer. Here are some great styling tutorials for your hair type.

Half-crown Braid

This easy and romantic hairstyle is perfect for all Type 2 wavies, as it relies heavily on your own hair’s “s” to give this style character. Hair Romance shares a beautiful style that requires a few minutes of your time so this is the perfect style for the low maintenance wavy or if you are short on time. This style can be dressed up headbands or flowers or worn “as is” for an everyday look.

Bantu Knots

There is a connection between all curly girls and that cannot be seen more easily than in the hairstyles we share among the hair types. Every hairstyle is not restricted to specific hair types, so step outside of your hair comfort to embrace a new style without causing damage to your tresses. All curly girls need to protect their delicate strands, and while heat used properly is fine, it is not always ideal or wanted. If you want big, banging curls that will last then try Bantu knots for fun heatless heaven.

This style allow you to rock serious curls without using heat and all you are doing is allowing your hair to coil and curl around itself to hold onto the curls longer and better. How about that? Your hair is doing all the work for you!

10 Easy Hairstyles

Bedhead problems? Never fear my Type 2 wavies and loose curlies. Here are ten super easy styles to create with minimal accessories and time. Let your waves create the beauty and charm for all of these looks that can be achieved on the finest of fine or the thickest of thick waves you can throw at them. Have fun with the looks and the accessories as funky and fun headbands can be found everywhere.

Dutch Waterfall Braid

Abby from Twist Me Pretty actually has straight hair but always applies slight waves to her tresses for her creative styles. This Dutch waterfall braid actually looks marvelous on your own true waves and slight curls.  This waterfall braid actually gets better with time and is a beautiful look by itself or when you add decorative hairpins or a small headband.

Easy Messy Bun

Curly Penny is a favorite among wavies, curlies, and right here at NaturallyCurly! She’s got fab hair and uses her waves to her advantage to give her styles volume. The messy bun is so popular and easy to create. Here is a quick “get out of the house in a minute” style that is great for protecting your ends or prolonging that unloved washday we often put off. This style makes for a stunning updo for formal occasions as well

Wavy hair is not a ball of mess but rather a canvas for greatness. Embrace the waves and allow your hair’s true beauty to shine through.

Sabrina Perkins

Sabrina, founder of seriouslynatural.org and contributor to several online publications, is a freelance writer who engages her audiences on the relevance of natural hair, beauty, and style.

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