What's My Hair Type?
Finding your hair type is the first step to finding products, styles, and tools that work best for your particular hair. The Creams for Curls curl type guide focuses on black and afro textured hair types from type 3 (curly) to types 4 (coily). The letter sub classifications from A to C are determined by the size and thickness of your curls, kinks, and coils.
Modeled after celebrity stylist Andre Walker’s definitions of curl patterns and hair types, this guide goes into the details on the different hair types found within the curly, kinky, coily hair family. hair description. Our goal here is to help clear up any confusion so you can not only understand your hair type, but find the best products that work for your unique hair type, and embrace it.
No two curls are alike, so if you feel like you've got different hair types and textures on different parts of your head, that's totally normal! Curl patterns can vary widely even on the same person.
We hope this guide will help you find the regimen and techniques that work best for you and give you a better idea of which products work best for your individual hair type. Click the photo that best describes your hair to check out these beauty blogger's pages, or take this quiz.
Type 3c Hair
Type 3c hair is normally consists of well-defined, tight corkscrews or coils with lots of strands densely packed together. Their width is the size of a pencil or plastic straw. 3c curls have a fine to medium texture. This curl type is prone to dryness, tangles, and lack of curl definition, it's it's important to keep it well hydrated!
Type 4a Hair
Type 4a hair consists of tightly coiled springy curls with a spiral pattern. Their circumference is about the size of a coffee stir stick. 4a curls have a fine to coarse texture. Like other black hair types, it is prone to dryness, breakage, tangles, and lack of curl definition if not kept moisturized. It’s also highly dense with minimal elasticity.
Type 4b Hair
Type 4b hair is mostly made up of very tightly coiled curls and kinks that are the size of a watch spring. Their texture can range from fine all the way to coarse. The 4b curl type is prone to dryness, breakage, tangles, shrinkage, and lack of curl definition if not moisturized properly. It’s also highly dense and wiry.
Type 4c Hair
4c hair is made up of tightly coiled curls that bend into sharp angles like a “Z” shape. Their texture can range from fine all the way to coarse. This curl type is prone to dryness, breakage, tangles, and lack of curl definition. It’s also highly dense and wiry. Because of how dense and wiry it is, it is actually the most delicate and fragile of the curl patterns. Regular deep conditioning is a must!
Still a little unsure? Check this video out for more clarification!