What is my hair type?
Hello everyone, I am new to this community and only just came to know about the curly girl method. I have been reading up a lot of the articles and trying to figure out my hair type and suitable products but i am still confused!Can you please have a look on my pics and advise what is my hair type? Is it a 2a, 2b or am i completely wrong in my assumptions? I am of Indian origin and have very dry, coarse hair generally with a lot of hairs sticking up/ flyaways, which i try to tame with some oil all the time but that dries up very fast and i am still left with a lot of frizzy, flyaways. Some hairs are smooth while others are bumpy, and the hair next to my neck are even more wavy than the rest(obviously not seen in the pics). Shampoos i have used always dry out my hair and conditioners tame the length but not the crown area where all my hairs stick up. i have generally been wary of using serums as they contain a lot of chemicals and silicones.i have shortlisted some products which caught my interest. Can you please tell if they would suit my hair or suggest a few i could start out with to see whether they suit my hair? I am thinking of a cleansing conditioner, a sulfate free shampoo, a deep treatment conditioner, a leave in conditioner and maybe a styling product(don't know if this is a necessity) Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style MilkShea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave In Conditioner/DetanglerSheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Reparative Leave-In Conditioner tgin Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo for Natural Hair As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing ConditionerCurl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing LotionPlease advise if any of these would suit my hair or recommend some other. I am looking for good hydration/ moisture to tame my hair and the flyaways, as well as cure/ control dandruff and hair loss. If you need any further information, please let me know.I look forward to all your help soon!Thanks!!
Hi Wavygirl83, You are definitely a 2a. I think if you scrunch your hair and don't brush it, you will see some 2b waves as well. Looking at your product list, I can definitely recommend which ones to stay away from: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo - this one is good, but only use it once a month or so. I believe this is more of a clarifying shampoo. If you use it daily you will dry out your hair. SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Reparative Leave-In Conditioner - I think this is too heavy for your waves. I would stick with the Kinky-Curly Knot Today. That stuff is amazing! tgin Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo for Natural Hair - I used this stuff for a while, and it's great but after a while my hair started getting a lot of product buildup. I think it's too oily for us wavies. I would try something else like Elucence, Briogeo, Moptop, or DevaCurl. Those are good brands for wavy girls like yourself. As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner - I wouldn't recommend this for wavy hair. It's too thick. If you're going to co-wash, I would use the lightest conditioner you can. I recommend DevaCurl No Poo or NYC Curl Cleanser. It's like a co-wash but better. They really clean your scalp. The rest of your products are great! I love Curl Junkie Smooth Assurance, Kinky-Curly Knot Today, and the SheaMoisture Curl and Style Milk. You can use these (with the exception of Kinky Curly Knot Today) as stylers too, so you don't necessarily need to buy another styler. But, if you want more hold, you should consider adding a gel to your regimen. It helps keep frizz away and holds your curl definition. My favorite gels are DevaCurl and Jessicurl Spiralicious. If you want more product recommendations by hair type, check out Curlmart's page for 2a waves. There's also my personal page with all my favorites. :) Hope this helps!!
Hi susonnahg!Thanks a lot for giving me a quick response. Really appreciate it. Bummer about the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Reparative Leave-In Conditioner and theAs I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner. They were really calling out to me with promises of providing me with tons of moisture that my hair is craving! I really have coarse dry hair, i don't know if it was that visible in the pics i have attached.So here's what i have narrowed down to in each section:Sulfate free shampoo - Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo - I figured i could use this sulfate free shampoo once in while to clear dandruff and build up. Do you specifically recommend any other sulfate free shampoos?Cleansing Conditioner - Devacurl No Poo- I am thinking i could use this as my regular shampoo (as co-wash) is there any other than the NYC Curl Cleanser that would be along the same lines in providing moisture?Leave in Conditioner - Kinky Curly Knot Today - For knots and as a leave in conditionerStyler - Curl Junkie Smoothing Lotion ( I really want to try it for all the good reviews it has and use it as a leave in conditioner too.) What would be better at providing moisture and softness as a leave in conditioner, the Kinky Cruly Knot Today or the Curl Junkie Smoothing lotion?Gel - Devacurl Light Defining Gel ( for taming the short hairs around the crown area that are frizzy/ flyaways)Deep Conditioner - For once in a while pampering - Do you have any recommendations from Devacurl, Shea Moisture or Curl Junkie?Do you think any of the above products could multi task so i could leave it out and limit the no. of products i will need for my moisture and cleansing needs? Shipping looks expensive to the Middle East :-/I hope you will be able to give me a response for all the above one more time!!Thanks in advance!! i really appreciate you taking the effort in helping me out.