Type 2 - Wavy Hair

Type 2 hair includes light to very wavy hair patterns. The waves and curls in type 2 hair form in the shape of an "S" and typically stick close to the head. Wavy hair won't bounce up, even when layered.


Type 2A Wavy Swavy

Type 2a hair is slightly "S" waved hair that sticks close to the head. Type 2a hair tends to be fine in density. Although it does have a natural sheen, Type 2a waves usually lack volume and definition.

Quick Tips

  • Use sealants with lightweight tea tree or jojoba oil
  • Refresh with a styling spritz that moisturizes and lessens frizz
  • Use a gentle sulfate-free cleanser to get the most body for your waves
  • Plop your freshly washed hair for more defintion


  • Natalie Dormer
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  • Vanessa Hudgens
  • Minka Kelly
  • Arizona Muse


Type 2B Wavy Curvy

In Type 2b hair, the wave usually forms throughout the hair in the shape of an "S" like Type 2a, but the hair sticks closer to the head. Type 2b waves might be slightly frizzier on the crown of the head, and tends to lose curl definition easily.

Quick Tips

  • Use a frizz-fighting cream-gel that doubles as a moisturizer and styler with hold
  • Use a cleanser with citrus oils and honey to seal your hair's natural sheen
  • Try a dry shampoo to quickly absorb excess oil from your scalp and lift your roots for the appearance of volume
  • Do a protein treatment with mayo, egg, or greek yogurt to improve elasticity


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  • Jessica Chastain
  • Aly Michalka


Type 2C Wavy Whirly

Type 2c waves are the coarsest of wavy hair patterns. They are composed of a few more actual curls, as opposed to just waves. Type 2c hair tends to be more resistant to styling and loses curl definition more easily than other textures--bantu knot-outs, roller sets, or twistouts might actually cause the hair to lose definition rather than promote it.

Quick Tips

  • Diffuse wet, but not soaking hair upside down after washing for more volume
  • Do the Praying Hands a method with jojoba or argan oil for frizz-free moisture that won't weigh your hair down
  • Scrunch styling product into your hair section by section to promote more curl definition
  • Deep condition once every 2 weeks with a treatment containing avocado or egg protein


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  • Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Adrienne Bailon

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