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Do You Know Your Hair Type?

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering “what is my hair type,” you’ve come to the right place. Knowing your strand type is key to taking proper care of it. But figuring out exactly what type of tresses you have can sometimes be more confusing than it needs to be. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Below, we’re diving into the various hair types so that you can know which and for all which one you have.

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Straight Hair Types

1A Hair

This strand type kicks off the straight hair category. One of the least common hair types, strands tend to be stick-straight and often thin and wispy. Tresses do get oily rather quickly so it’s important to wash your hair regularly. Volume is often something you lack, so volumizing products will be your BFF. However, you’ll want to make sure you don’t use too much product as it can have the opposite effect and weigh down your hair. Learn all about your 1A hair here!

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1B Hair

This type of straight strands is somewhat like the middle child. Your tresses are still fairly straight, though they have more volume and body than 1A hair. You may even have super straight strands until you get to the ends, which can sometimes be flipped. Flyaways, tangles, and frizz tend to be big issues for you, though your hair is relatively easy to manage. Discover everything you need to know about your 1B hair here!

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1C Hair

1C hair rounds out the straight hair types. Though still straight, it tends to have a bit of a wave underneath. It’s not wavy hair by any means, though there is somewhat of a loose wave pattern going on. Your hair is a bit coarse and does require an extra bit of TLC to ensure it does what you want it to. To learn about how to care for it properly, read this 1C hair guide!

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Wavy Hair Types

2A Hair

Starting off the wavy tresses, we have 2A hair. There is a soft S formation in the waves so they’re not super prominent though you can tell your tresses are wavy. Oftentimes, your strands will be straighter at the roots and get progressively wavier as you move down the follicle. Styling is pretty easy but your tresses can be somewhat flat given you have straighter roots. Learn how to care for your 2A hair here!

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2B Hair

This type of wavy hair is often what people picture when they think of wavy tresses. You sit perfectly in between straight and curly hair with your loose waves. With those blessed waves, it can be tricky to style them. A little extra elbow grease is needed if you want to straighten your strands. Discover how to care for your wavy hair, the best products, and more here!

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2C Hair

The final wavy hair type, 2C hair is often mistaken for being curly—but it isn’t. It’s still wavy. You have a very defined S pattern that starts all the way at the root, which is why people often think your hair is curly. The other wavy hair types have waves that start further down their strands. Learn even more about your 2C hair here!

Person with blonde 2C hair holding on to the top of their head and wearing a tan long-sleeve shirt
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Curly Hair Types

3A Hair

Kicking off the curly hair types, we have 3A hair. You tend to have loose curls that are about the diameter of a piece of sidewalk chalk. Your curls can sometimes appear a bit flat, given your strands don’t have as much volume in them. However, this means you don’t have to deal with pesky frizz as much as the other curly hair types. Discover the right haircare routine, hairstyles, and more for your 3A hair here!

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3B Hair

You likely have 3B curls if they’re perfectly spiraled and about the width of a marker or a Sharpie. They can get dry fairly quickly, which is why you need to use moisturizing products. The plopping method and squish to condish method are great ways to define your curls. Discover all there is to know about your 3B hair here!

Female-presenting person with curly 3B hair with their hand resting on their chin
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3C Hair

3C hair as an S wave pattern with somewhat tight coils that are corkscrew-shaped and about the diameter of a pencil or straw. So if you can fit one or the other through your coils, you likely have this curl type. Your hair is prone to frizz so you’ll want to focus on adding moisture to your ringlets. Learn even more about your 3C hair here!

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Coily Hair Types

4A Hair

This hair type starts off the kinky, coily curl types. If you fall under this curl type, you have very tight small curls that are often super long when stretched out. There’s an S shape to your ringlets, though they are prone to shrinkage. Being gentle with your coils is the key to them living their best life. Find out more about how to care for your 4A hair here!

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4B Hair

This curl type is right in the middle of the type 4 curls. While also being kinky and coily, it has a defined Z shape curl pattern. Your curls will appear more bent than curly because of this. Some with this hair type don’t have a super defined pattern, rather their coils are noticeably soft and fluffy. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about caring for your 4B hair.

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4C Hair

We’ve made it to the final hair type. Last, but certainly not least, we have 4C hair. This hair type is known for not having a distinctive curl pattern. Instead, your curls tend to be coarse and densely packed. You’ll want to be incredibly gentle with your coils because they are very delicate. Learn how to care for them the way they need with our 4C hair guide here!

4c hair guide | Mane Addicts
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