DIFFERENT Curl Patterns & Shape ➰

What is the meaning of hair type?

Hair type is all about your hair's curl pattern. Hair can be straight, wavy, curly, or coily. Everyone is unique and has DIFFERENT curl pattern and shape.


Also known as wavy hair, can be defined by its “S” shape curls and looser texture.

1. Type 2A - Wavy (Fine/Thin)

Loose "S" shape and may be prone to frizz and flatness.
Benefits from lightweight, volumizing products to add body and texture.

2. Type 2B - Wavy (Medium)

Wavy hair that is thicker and has a more defined "S" shape. The waves are more pronounced, with a slight bend at the ends.
Benefits from lightweight, frizz-fighting products that enhance the natural wave pattern and add volume and texture.

3. Type 2C - Wavy (Coarse)

More defined "S" shape than Type 2b hair, with curls that are tighter at the roots and looser at the ends.

Benefits from using a moisturizing conditioner after shampooing to help nourish and hydrate the hair.


A curly hair texture with a definitive 's' pattern. They are also spiral curls, ranging from loose and bouncy loops to tight and springy textures similar to corkscrews.

1. Type 3A - Curly (Loose Curls)

Well-defined "S" shape.
Benefits from using a lightweight curl-enhancing product to define their curls and add moisture to their hair.
2. Type 3B - Curly (Tight Curls)

Has a springy "S" shape that can vary in size and volume, with tighter and smaller curls.
Benefits from using a leave-in conditioner or curl serum will help to define curls and reduce frizz.
3. Type 3C - Curly (Tight Curls or Corkscrews)

Has a lot of volume and texture, but can be prone to dryness, tangles, and shrinkage.
Benefits from using a moisturizing conditioner after shampooing to help nourish and hydrate the hair.

Also called coil or kinky hair, Type 4 hair is usually a more tight-knitted zig-zag patterned hair texture. With literally no space in between, it's considered the densest hair type.

1. Type 4A - Kinky (Soft)

Tightly coiled hair that forms an "S" or "Z" pattern with less defined curls.
Benefits from regular deep conditioning treatments can help to nourish and strengthen.

2. Type 4B - Kinky (Wiry)

Forms a "Z" or "Zigzag" pattern and has a lot of volume.
Benefits from conditioning treatments and protective styling.

3. Type 4C - Kinky (Zingy)

Densely packed, tightly coiled curls that have a zig-zag pattern.
Benefits from using hair oil or conditioner before shampooing.