How to Determine Your Curl Type

Believe it or not, many people don’t know what their natural curl type is, but there’s a lot that can be gained from knowing this one detail. Everything from your styling technique, to what products you use should be tailored to your hair’s natural texture and curl pattern. If you’re not sure you know your hair type, let us demystify it for you with these detailed descriptions and styling tips.

The Curl-Type System

If you’ve ever heard anyone say “2b or 4c” to describe their hair, what you’re hearing is the detailed curl-typing system created by Andre Walker, a well-known celebrity hair stylist. Though it might seem confusing at first, once you understand what each letter and number represent, you’ll appreciate the detail.

Type 1: Straight Hair

straight hair


Straight hair has little to no texture and literally travels in one straight line from root to tip. Straight hair typically lies flat and is smooth to the touch. Due to it’s closed cuticle the hair is very resilient, even with frequent styling, and tends to be oily as the scalp’s sebum can travel in one straight shot along the hair shaft.

Straight hair styling tip: Straight hair can be resistant to styling, but if you want to add volume and texture to your hair, wear curlers in your hair overnight when your hair is almost dry.

Type 2: Wavy Hair



Wavy hair is divided into 3 types, 2A, 2B, and 2C. This hair type falls between straight and curly, and still has high shine potential as found in straight hair. Because wavy hair can easily lose its definition through brushing, bleaching, or other dyes, it can be difficult to know if you have this hair type. It is also most prone to frizz.

Wavy hair styling tip: If you want to enhance the look of your waves and  keep the frizz at bay,  look for products made to tame frizz and enhance the texture without weighting the hair down. Additionally, after styling, keep tools and hands out of the hair to prevent disruption of the styling effects. Use a diffuser after applying your product for more volume. Finally, remember to keep you hair clean and hydrated for most manageable texture



Type 3: Curly Hair

If your hair follows an “s” or “z” pattern, then you have curly hair. You’re probably already familiar with some of the challenges with curly hair, such as dryness, and frizz. Due to the shape of curly hair, oils from the scalp have a harder time traveling down the shaft. The shape also makes curly hair inherently fragile, so handle with care!

Curly hair styling tip: Styling curly hair starts with the cleansing and conditioning process. Keep your hair and scalp regulated by cleansing on a regular basis with a healthy, non-stripping, moisturizing cleanser followed by a hydrating/detangling conditioner. Style your hair by smoothing your products along the hair shaft to control frizz and define the curls and don’t be afraid to try new techniques like roller sets, down do’s and updo’s. View our YouTube Channel for tutorials.

Type 3C: Very Curly Hair


Very Curly Hair is the curliest of curls. While it holds all the attributes of Curly hair, it is even more prone to tangles, breakage, dryness and frizz. The greatest perk of having this hair type is its amazing volume that no other hair type can replicate.

Very curly hair styling tip: If you want to keep your curls soft and defined,  apply your styler after conditioning with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Use a light product to define the curls, not one one that acts as a stiffening gel.

For a relaxed curl, you can use a heavier moisturizing cream and lightly work it through your hair to elongate your curls. The next day, apply a moisturizer to liven up your curls, but don’t “scrunch” it into your hair,just smooth it down your hair shaft to avoid frizz.


If you need excellent salon services for curly hair in Toronto, then pay us a visit. We’re experienced working with all hair types and textures, no matter what your curl type is. Call to schedule an appointment or book one online with us today!