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What is your curl type? 

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Wavy, curly, coily or textured:read our guide to discover all about your hair type  

We are used to distinguishing straight or curly hair, but did you know that there are many more types? There are three types of straight hair, three of wavy hair, three of curly hair and three of coily or textured hair. Many people think they have straight hair, but they actually have wavy hair. And many people who believe to have wavy hair, might instead have nice curls should they use the right products. If we go beyond the simple distinction between straight and curly hair and go for a more detailed classification, you too may find out that your hair is different from what you think.

 

Curl Patterns

As mentioned above, there are twelve types of hair. Each type is identified by a number – from 1 to 4– that grows progressively as the hair movement increases. Type 1 refers to straight hair, type 2 to wavyhair and type 3 to curly hair, type 4 is for coily and textured hair. Within each category, there is an additional subdivisioninto A, B, C that describes how the curl winds. 

WAVY

2

A B C 

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 CURLY

3

A B C

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COILY

4

ABC

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Shampoo and conditioner for curls 

Caring for curly hair starts with shampoo. On the one hand curly and wavy hair tends to get frizzy by nature, and on the other it may loose vitality and volume becoming flat and heavy. In your beauty routine, you cannot do without a moisturizing shampoo that gives elasticity and softness. Furthermore, do not forget to apply conditioner every time you shampoo the hair, and a mask once a month. Read the complete guide with the best 15 Davines products for curly hair

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Wavy hair 

Type 2 waves can be very delicate or more evident and develop following an S pattern on lengths.

2A - Wavy and fine hair
The 2A texture is generally flatter at the root, and it becomes softer from the ears down to the ends. Being barely visible, this type of wavy hair that can be straightened easily.

2B - Wavy and thick hair
Your hair is mostly straight at the roots and fall in S bends that are more defined from the midlength to the ends. It is a medium texture with some frizz especially around the head.

2C - Wavy and full hair
People who have this type of hair usually decide to emphasize it with a big-hair effect. Waves are defined from the roots. This texture is generally thick or coarse and is prone to frizz. 

Styling products for wavy hair 

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Curly hair  

The spirals of type 3 curly hair may range from loose to tight and bouncy. They are almost always prone to frizzing.

3A - Large spiral soft curls
Curls feature big and large spirals. Ringlets tend to be shiny with a well-defined scroll shape.

3B - Tight spiral curls
This type of curls is characterised by spirals that start right off the roots. Curls are bouncy and are halfway between ringlets and corkscrews. They have volume and tend to be coarse and full.

3C - Corkscrew curls
It is thick hair prone to frizz and the curl size if fairly tight, typically with the circumference of a pencil or straw Type C hair is the one with tightest spirals in category 3, yet it’s also the one that tends to feature the largest volume. 

Styling products for curly hair 

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Coily and textured hair 

This hair is commonly referred to as coily and textured hair. It is naturally very dry, thus requiring moisturization and care. Shafts form small zig-zag curls that are very tight already off the scalp.

4A - Tiny coils
This type of hair can shorten up to half its length once dried: the width of the spiral does not exceed that of a pencil.

4B - Z-shaped or S-shaped coils
Zig-zag coils that do not form a true spiral, but rather a broken line. Hair is very delicate, with great volume and prone to frizz.

4C - Tight textured hair
These coils have the highest degree of contraction once dried. The spiral is very tight and the hair shaft very delicate.  

Styling products for coily hair 

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