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What is my hair type?

I have been posting all around this website for help with my hair since I am growing my hair out and new to my curls but I guess the first thing I should figure out is my hair type/how to manage it! When it's wet I can comb it pretty darn straight but dry is a whole 'nother story. It's really thick and curly/wavy as you can see. This is when I woke up in the morning with nothing in it, so it may have a slight case of bed head but the pictures are pretty accurate of what it's like when completely dry. I posted some pics below- could you guys let me know my hair type as well as products you think would work for styling?

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  • dresdendolldresdendoll Posts: 435Registered Users
    Maybe 2b/2c?
    My dad's hair is a little bit curlier than that, but I know he uses AG Xtra Moist shampoo and conditioner, and I think he also uses Re:Coil or Phyto Shine Defining Wax. (Hahaha, the salon talked him into it.) He has pretty nice hair, so I'd say those are good products.

    However, they are pretty expensive. For shampoo and conditioner, you probably want something pretty moisturizing because curly hair tends to dry out. Also, I'd suggest styling yours with a wax or pomade rather than a gel because gels can sometimes be drying.
    2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
    Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
    CG again as of 7/20/12 :laughing5:


    Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
    RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
    LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
    Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

    :love4: all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
    :pukeright:silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
  • anonymous_22139anonymous_22139 Posts: 659Registered Users
    I think I would call it 3a because it is making curls even though your hair is relatively short. It should form nice sidewalk chalk curls if it were shoulder length.

    I think 2b or 2c wouldn't be quite as curly as that at a short length.
  • dresdendolldresdendoll Posts: 435Registered Users
    Kitschy wrote: »
    I think I would call it 3a because it is making curls even though your hair is relatively short. It should form nice sidewalk chalk curls if it were shoulder length.

    I think 2b or 2c wouldn't be quite as curly as that at a short length.

    You're probably right :)
    I'm not so good at classification...haha
    2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
    Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
    CG again as of 7/20/12 :laughing5:


    Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
    RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
    LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
    Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

    :love4: all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
    :pukeright:silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
  • nocal0023nocal0023 Posts: 92Registered Users
    I have never grown my hair out much longer than this and I'm at least going to put a couple more months into it. I'm not really sure what it will look like so I'm hoping maybe you guys could estimate by looking at it at its current length. I'm a huge fan of the TV show Game of Thrones and I'm sort of envious of some of the character's hair on the show. Would my hair look similar to either/maybe both (since one is much longer) of the pics below if I continue to grow it out?

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  • JadasCurliesJadasCurlies Posts: 10Registered Users
    I think your 3a-ish because even though your hair is relatively short, and really cute by the way, it has the curl pattern of a 3a curly girl and its curled at the ends.;-)
    3a/3b/ and a little 3c :occasion7: Im bi-racial and I'm proud of my curly swirlies! :occasion7: :tongue3:
  • nocal0023nocal0023 Posts: 92Registered Users
    I think your 3a-ish because even though your hair is relatively short, and really cute by the way, it has the curl pattern of a 3a curly girl and its curled at the ends.;-)

    haha thank you....what do you all think about those pics I posted? This is the longest I have had my hair since I was a little kid and my hair was much different then so I have no idea what to expect but I do like both of those hairstyles a lot
  • rapunzel4everrapunzel4ever Posts: 557Registered Users
    nocal0023 wrote: »
    I think your 3a-ish because even though your hair is relatively short, and really cute by the way, it has the curl pattern of a 3a curly girl and its curled at the ends.;-)

    haha thank you....what do you all think about those pics I posted? This is the longest I have had my hair since I was a little kid and my hair was much different then so I have no idea what to expect but I do like both of those hairstyles a lot
    I think that your hair can look pretty much like the pictures you showed when it's longer (and cut by a good hair dresser). So, I would say Go for it! And I think most women like that kind of hair style on a man more than a shorter haircut, it gives more character I think. (Or maybe that's my inner long hair lover that's talking :D)


    Sent from my HTC Legend
    2B/C-3A) fine - low porosity
    Routine:
    Wash: Daily Fix,SMT, Kesham, Urtekram
    RO: Motions CPR Li, Inecto Cocos co, AO GPB, KCTT
    acv-rinse, sometimes honey-rinse
    LI: coconut oil (winter), CJBC-LI
    Styling: AVG, Etos Solid Power Gel, Taft gel, CJPP, JCCC, BRHG
    Plopping~Pixiecurl diffuse~clipping
    KrullenWijzer.blogspot.nl
  • nocal0023nocal0023 Posts: 92Registered Users
    nocal0023 wrote: »
    I think your 3a-ish because even though your hair is relatively short, and really cute by the way, it has the curl pattern of a 3a curly girl and its curled at the ends.;-)

    haha thank you....what do you all think about those pics I posted? This is the longest I have had my hair since I was a little kid and my hair was much different then so I have no idea what to expect but I do like both of those hairstyles a lot
    I think that your hair can look pretty much like the pictures you showed when it's longer (and cut by a good hair dresser). So, I would say Go for it! And I think most women like that kind of hair style on a man more than a shorter haircut, it gives more character I think. (Or maybe that's my inner long hair lover that's talking :D)


    Sent from my HTC Legend

    haha yeah ive had short hair (primarily buzz cut) my whole life and I'm just graduating from college so definitely time to grow the lock out
  • nocal0023nocal0023 Posts: 92Registered Users
    i just want to know what it will look like when it's longer before i decide to devote that much time to growing it out...Is one of those pics realistic? Or maybe Adrien Grenier's hair? I know I have to grow it out to see but I never have so I'm hoping you guys can take a good guess by looking at the pics
  • nocal0023nocal0023 Posts: 92Registered Users
    Today I think was the first day ever that I didn't wash my hair or put product in it...I co-washed it last night with organix morrocan argan oil conditioner for the first time and put a small amount of garnier fructis leave in conditioner before going to bed.....24 hours later it is much softer and the curls are even looser as you can tell in the difference of pictures and I like it- I know that curly hair needs to be washed less since the oils don't go down the hair as easy as straight hair- will my hair get softer from more natural oils if I co-wash just like 1-2 times a week and don't even use shampoo (I have naturally very dry hair)

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  • rapunzel4everrapunzel4ever Posts: 557Registered Users
    Are you following the CG-method of no sillicones-no sulfate?
    2B/C-3A) fine - low porosity
    Routine:
    Wash: Daily Fix,SMT, Kesham, Urtekram
    RO: Motions CPR Li, Inecto Cocos co, AO GPB, KCTT
    acv-rinse, sometimes honey-rinse
    LI: coconut oil (winter), CJBC-LI
    Styling: AVG, Etos Solid Power Gel, Taft gel, CJPP, JCCC, BRHG
    Plopping~Pixiecurl diffuse~clipping
    KrullenWijzer.blogspot.nl
  • nocal0023nocal0023 Posts: 92Registered Users
    i dont use any products with sulfates but i think my conditioner has silicones towards the end of the ingredient list. i'm thinking about just stopping shampoo altogether and just using conditioner a few times a week. i just started using organix morocan oil conditioner- i really just want soft hair that i can wear without having to put product in it for times when i'm not going out at night. Also, I just want to make sure that doing this won't clog my hair follicles or anything like that and that conditioner a couple times a week is enough to keep my scalp healthy
  • rainboerainboe Posts: 284Registered Users
    nocal0023 wrote: »
    i dont use any products with sulfates but i think my conditioner has silicones towards the end of the ingredient list. i'm thinking about just stopping shampoo altogether and just using conditioner a few times a week. i just started using organix morocan oil conditioner- i really just want soft hair that i can wear without having to put product in it for times when i'm not going out at night. Also, I just want to make sure that doing this won't clog my hair follicles or anything like that and that conditioner a couple times a week is enough to keep my scalp healthy

    Unless you add a shampoo with coco betaine (which removes silicones and is suppose to be gentler), you can't use silicones without using sulfates. Conditioner and water rinses cannot remove silicones. Silicones build up on the hair, and they will make you're hair feel coated and not allow moisture in after a while. Here's a link to a really simple explanation to this: The College Curly . It explains how to totally cut shampoo from your routine without causing buildup. Silicones are any ingredient in conditioners that end in -cone, -conal, or -xane. Most conditioners have them.

    Also, no one can really predict what your hair will look like when it gets longer. I think the great thing about curly hair is that it is unique to the person wearing it. Your hair might not look like any celebrity you've ever seen, but it will still look awesome.
    Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity. Dyed to brown a few months ago.
    Lowpoo: Trader Joe's TTT Shampoo
    Rinse Out:
    Yes to Carrots, AOHR, Aubrey Organics Rosemary Peppermint
    LI: Yes to Carrots
    Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, LA Looks Sports, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Mousse
  • nocal0023nocal0023 Posts: 92Registered Users
    rainboe wrote: »
    nocal0023 wrote: »
    i dont use any products with sulfates but i think my conditioner has silicones towards the end of the ingredient list. i'm thinking about just stopping shampoo altogether and just using conditioner a few times a week. i just started using organix morocan oil conditioner- i really just want soft hair that i can wear without having to put product in it for times when i'm not going out at night. Also, I just want to make sure that doing this won't clog my hair follicles or anything like that and that conditioner a couple times a week is enough to keep my scalp healthy

    Unless you add a shampoo with coco betaine (which removes silicones and is suppose to be gentler), you can't use silicones without using sulfates. Conditioner and water rinses cannot remove silicones. Silicones build up on the hair, and they will make you're hair feel coated and not allow moisture in after a while. Here's a link to a really simple explanation to this: The College Curly . It explains how to totally cut shampoo from your routine without causing buildup. Silicones are any ingredient in conditioners that end in -cone, -conal, or -xane. Most conditioners have them.

    Also, no one can really predict what your hair will look like when it gets longer. I think the great thing about curly hair is that it is unique to the person wearing it. Your hair might not look like any celebrity you've ever seen, but it will still look awesome.

    so i take it that means i have to use styling products that are silicone free as well? not sure how prevalent those are in creams and pomades but if i am going to use silicone/sulfate free conditioners and no shampoo then I have to check the product too correct?
  • nocal0023nocal0023 Posts: 92Registered Users
    also is just co-washing enough? im going to grab a suave or v05 cg friendly conditioner but do I need anything else?
  • rapunzel4everrapunzel4ever Posts: 557Registered Users
    Have you read the article from College Curly yet? I think it answers all the above.
    2B/C-3A) fine - low porosity
    Routine:
    Wash: Daily Fix,SMT, Kesham, Urtekram
    RO: Motions CPR Li, Inecto Cocos co, AO GPB, KCTT
    acv-rinse, sometimes honey-rinse
    LI: coconut oil (winter), CJBC-LI
    Styling: AVG, Etos Solid Power Gel, Taft gel, CJPP, JCCC, BRHG
    Plopping~Pixiecurl diffuse~clipping
    KrullenWijzer.blogspot.nl