The Easiest Way to Figure Out Your Curl Type

Curls, coils and waves are not all made the same. Hair that’s often described overarchingly as “curly,” is made up of a variety of different textures and patterns that help determine your curl type, which is dependent on the shape of the hair follicle on your scalp. So, how can you determine what your curl type is? Keep reading to find out!

If you’re wondering when the best time to identify your curl pattern is, it’s usually just after the shower when your hair is in-between wet and dry and at its healthiest state. To figure out your curl type, we use a classification system that ranges from 2A to 4C. The number refers to the curl shape and the curl letters describe the width or diameter.

Ready to figure out your curl type? Let’s dive in!

Type 2 hair: This category is for soft and deep waves.

Type 3 hair: This category is for springy curls and corkscrew shapes. Each strand of this hair type can be unique.

  • 3A Type Curls: If you’ve got loose spiral curls, your hair type is 3A. These curls don’t have a lot of shrinkage and can easily dry out. Wash your hair every five to seven days and use masks and Suave Nourish and Strengthen Leave-In Conditioner to keep your curls healthy.
  • 3B Type Curls: Your tight curls with a spring back of 1-2 inches are type 3B. 3B hair needs a little more care and attention. Wash your hair once a week and use hair masks with heat – use a deep-conditioning cap, bonnet dryer, or even the steam from your shower to help the mask moisturize your curls. Leave-in conditioners will also help to give your curls extra moisture and life.
  • 3C Type Curls: If you have a mix of tight zigzag curls and corkscrew coils, you probably have 3C hair. This hair has a fuller texture and is prone to frizz. Use Suave Cream Detangler Spray with a wide-tooth comb or denman brush to moisturize while detangling your curls.

Type 4 hair: This category is for very tight, small curls of zig-zags.