Hair types are not usually one specific type, so it’s usually a mixture of the hair types. When it comes to determining which categories you fall into, you’ll want to look at your hair in its natural state, without products. Let it air dry after a wash and see how it falls naturally.
Straight hair can be flat, voluminous, thin, or thick. They are unified by the fact that there are no kinks or curls to stop the oil from the scalp from falling all the way down the hair strands.
Type 1a: This hair type is flat, thin, and silky. It has a hard time holding any style.
Best Product: A strengthening Castor oil.
Type 1b: This hair type is still straight, but it has coarse, slightly bended hair strands that hold grease in the roots.
Best Product: A non-greasy moisturizing Jojoba oil.
Type 1c: This hair type is thicker and coarser but still straight. It’s more prone to frizz and dryness.
Best Product: A rich deep conditioning hair mask.
Wavy hair (my type!) shows many bends in the hair all the way from the roots to the tips of the hair.
Type 2a: This hair type has a flat, s-shaped wave. The strands are fine and flat and is easy to straighten.
Best Product: A light oil to moisturize without loosing wave like Jojoba oil.
Type 2b: This hair type has a stronger s-shaped wave with slightly thicker strands. They are more likely to frizz than type 2a.
Best Product: A deeply nourishing hair mask.
Type 2c: This hair type boarders on loose curls and with frizzy ends and coarser textures.
Best Product: A defining oil like Castor oil.
Curly hair has stronger curls that coil like a spring. It can have a combination of waves and curls in different shapes and sizes.
Type 3a: This hair type is loose curls with waves here and there.
Best Product: A light, defining oil with shine like Castor oil.
Type 3b: This hair type has springy, coily curls that are still prone to frizz and dryness.
Best Product: An intensely moisturizing deep conditioner.
Type 3c: This hair type is tightly wound with volume. They are the most prone to dryness and breakage.
Best Product: A light, nourishing oil like Sweet Almond.
Coily hair is tightly wound with a z-shape or s-shape that kinks strongly throughout the hair. It’s the most fragile and damage prone of all the hair types.
Type 4a: This hair type has very small, very tight coils that can easily lose definition in the heat and humidity.
Best Product: A light oil that helps to add shine and definition like Argan oil.
Type 4b: This hair type has a z-shape that bends back and forth quickly. These hair strands are prone to shrinkage and dryness.
Best Product: A light but deeply moisturizing Fractionated Coconut oil.
Type 4c: This hair type has an even tighter z-shape that naturally needs more moisture and protection from damage.
Best Product: A thick, rich, deep conditioner to moisturize and protect.