is my hair curly or wavy? I'm new here, please help.

starbonestarbone Posts: 1Registered Users
hi, thanks for taking the time to read this. (:
I don't what type of hair I it 2c or 3a?
(that's with no product, and no styling)
here's some more pics, if you need them.
so what do you think?

also, my hair's damaged from three years of flat-ironing. it's also very, very thick. just giving some extra info, in case that helps.


  • leonita poraleonita pora Posts: 175Registered Users
    Your hair is gorgeous, and I can't believe you get it to look like that without product! So jealous...!

    It's hard to say what you are... it looks like you have looser curls at the bottom, and maybe underneath, and waves up top. However, that could be due to the weight of your hair.

    I wouldn't worry yet about deciding whether you are curly or not. Are you deciding to try out CG method? Cuz, if so, I have read that a lot of people have gone curlier on it. That hasn't been my experience yet, but I'm still experimenting and learning about my own hair.

    I would start with figuring out if you have fine/medium/coarse hair, and what your porosity may be. If you have flat-ironed for years, it's possible that you have damaged hair and would have a higher porosity. I would also guess you are fine-haired since you seem to have a whole lot of hair, but even with that high density it doesn't look big and poofy. That's just my guess, though. More experienced posters here might be more help.

    Good luck!
    Fia: 2b-2c/Fine-Medium/iii (Thick)
    Low-Poo: Giovanni 50/50 Balanced Shampoo, Shampoo bars
    Co-Wash: Trader Joe's Refresh, CJ Daily Fix, CFT Creamy Curl Cleanser
    Rinse-out: Trader Joe's Nourish, GFTN, Aubrey Organics GPB
    Leave-in/Curl Creme: Marie Dean Curly Styling Creme
    Gel: BRHG, homemade FSG, CJ Curl Queen, Deva AnGel
    Hair likes: Protein, FSG, high dewpoints
    Hair dislikes: coconut oil on dry hair
  • heidiheidi Posts: 243Registered Users

    It looks like a mix of 2c-3a to me, using Fia's system.

    Look here for info about finding your hair's properties, which will be much more helpful in finding a good haircare routine and products.
    Medium-fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity, Thick Density
    Co-wash: Renpure Body&Shine
    RO: Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner
    LI/Curl Enhancer: Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner
    Other: I'll add a little AG Mousse Gel if I want something extra.
  • SassyCurls123SassyCurls123 Posts: 92Registered Users
    I would say your hair's curly. I do suggest the Cg method, i think it would help define your curls well.
    :jocolor:I have been natural all my life :jocolor:

    And i am just starting to know my 3c/4a hair better :wav:

    Shampoo- Pantene Dry to moisturized
    Conditioner/ Leave in/ - Aussie Moist/Garnier Fructis leave in LOVE THEM!

    Sealants: Indian Hemp
  • Robin-in-FLRobin-in-FL Posts: 1,731Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I'd say 3A because:

    It's straighter at the top and curlier at the bottom.
    It looks like it spirals, not just waves.
    2c / C / iii (FIA)
    Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

    Shoulder-Length now.

    Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
    Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
    Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
    Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

  • justajesuschickjustajesuschick Posts: 1,657Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Whatever you call it, I call it GORGEOUS and you can call me JEALOUS! haha!
    I'm 47. Straight hair until 6/2010. THANKS, thyroid!
    2b, medium-fine, normal-low porosity, medium density and elasticity
    CG since 7/1/2010

    Cleanse: Abba Color Protect
    Condition: DevaCurl OC
    LI: CJ-Deep Fix, Beauticurls LI
    Curl Enhancer: CHS Curl Keeper, KCCC
    Gel: Alba Strong Hold Gel, BRHG, Hugo Naturals Gel, SS FHG, CJPP
    Trying/Maybe: Ecostyler, CJRM
  • plunkybugplunkybug Posts: 2,526Registered Users
    Whatever you call it, I call it GORGEOUS and you can call me JEALOUS! haha!

    ^^What she said! ^^

    Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

    2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

    Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

    Hair bio:

  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Around here it'd be considered 2C since there isn't much root curl BUT your hair look very similar to mine in curl pattern. Your hair properties are the most important thing, like others have suggested, but with your curl pattern you might have more success with other wavies routines more than other curlies routines since we are constantly trying to get root curl and avoid weighing down our whirls.
    High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

  • wavyhavawavyhava Posts: 32Registered Users
    Whatever you call it, I call it GORGEOUS and you can call me JEALOUS! haha!

    ^I second that.
    2B/medium texture/high porosity.
  • MoiraIndigoMoiraIndigo Posts: 21Registered Users
    Oh my god, I'm in love with your hair!
    Medium texture with some fine mixed in, high porosity, lowish elasticity, normal thickness, comfy dewpoints, short hair, weak wave pattern.
    Brand new to Naturally Curly
  • wavynwild16wavynwild16 Posts: 2,121Registered Users
    All I can tell you about your hair type is that it may be in between a 2c and a 3a, though I would say closer to very wavy than curly. But what I can tell you for certain is that you have one AMAZING head of hair! Your hair is beautiful. I bet all of us wavies wish we had hair like yours without styling it! I'm loving your curls! :)
    Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

    Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
    Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
    Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
    Mod-CG since 12/1/10! :happy7:
  • LongDarkWavyHairLongDarkWavyHair Posts: 69Registered Users
    from the look it seems quite similar to mine - I have ringlets at the ends of my hair, but my crown is more waves (except for the front - for some reason the bits of hair that frame my face are ringlets).

    I'm sure you can bring out your curl if you put some gel in and diffuse pixie-style, if you're looking to enhance your curls.
    2c/3a. Fine-Medium, Med-High Porosity. NO elasticity.

    Mainly CG (co-wash daily; no poo, no cones)
    Current products:
    Co-wash: Desert Essences Organics (lemon for clarifying)
    Condish: Desert Essences Organics (coconut for moisture)
    Hair Gel: KissMyFace, HFSG

    Coconut Oil
    Baking Soda/ACV
    Gelatin/ACV Protein Treatment
    Biotene H-24 Condish
    VO5 Hot Oil

    Hair Pics:
  • gabbbbbbygabbbbbby Posts: 5Registered Users
    Whatever you call it, I call it GORGEOUS and you can call me JEALOUS! haha!

    I totally agree!!! :love10:
  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I agree with the above, your hair is really beautiful. As other posters said, texture and porosity is more important then curly type. Here's a thread to help you discover yours: In all likelihood, the weight and length of your hair is pulling curl out. Couldn't tell if your hair has long layers in it, but something like that would help lighten it up and possibly produce additional curl.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
  • MountaincurlMountaincurl Posts: 571Registered Users
    wow girl you've got some gorgeous hair. :shock:
    Wyoming, mod CG since 08/2010
    2cFii (fia), normal/normal, bleached, loves protein.
    Seborrheic dermatitis diagnosed 02/2016

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