New here... Help me identify my hair type, please? =D

kaykrekaykre Posts: 314Registered Users
Hi! I'm new here and have been finding TONS of helpful info since joining. So happy I found NC!

I am a bit confused with the hair type system... My hair has the pattern of a 2A (very loose S shaped waves throughout-- can be coaxed into tighter waves) but is by no means fine or thin. My hair is VERY dense and medium verging on thick/coarse.

Any ideas? =D
2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
Dry climate.



  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,270Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have the same question! 1c 2a??

    I posted in he imposter thread because I am not really curly. Just....well I've often heard it described as "strong" or stubborn. I wish it were just more definite hair one way or the other.
  • kaykrekaykre Posts: 314Registered Users
    I googled 1C... Mine is wavier than that I think. I wonder if I may be 2C. My hair fits the description as far as density and width but not curl pattern. I also have the straight under layer that is described.
    2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
    Dry climate.

  • jakrussel3jakrussel3 Posts: 423Registered Users
    Honestly, curl pattern is just that... It's the shape and length of the wave, not the texture even though some websites will use the typical texture in the wave type descriptions. This is why it's important to take your texture, porosity, and elasticity into consideration when looking at products and techniques.
    Hair Properties: 2A/2B, Medium-fine, Normal porosity, Normal elasticity, Medium density
    Low Poo: DevaCare, Yes to Cuc's
    Rinse Out: DevaCare One Condition, Yes to Cuc's
    Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender, Yes to Carrots Scalp Conditioner
    Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
    Gel/Mousse: Sweet Curls Elixirs FSG w/ Mag Sulfate added, Sweet Curls Elixirs hard hold gel, DevaCurl Frizz Free Foam, Aquage Uplifting Foam
    Protein: Spiral Solutions Protein Spray for daily use
  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,270Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    How do you determine elasticity? I suspect I don't have that much :(
  • wavywonderwavywonder Posts: 32Registered Users
    Any chance you could post a pic? That might be helpful....
  • bosanbobosanbo Posts: 180Registered Users
    Agreeing w/JakRussel3: The curl pattern is less an identifier than width (texture), porosity, and elasticity.

    I have fine (translucent, hard to find/feel a single strand), low porosity (squeaks when fingers are run up it), low elasticity hair (snaps like THAT), and it's very dense on my head - tons of it. Some days it looks 2A or 2B (mostly before CG). Some days it is definitely 3A. That has more to do with how I care for it. It changed in about a week of CG. But width, porosity, and elasticity are the same.
    I sort of blog
    I'm mostly away doing field work through mid-May.

    Hair: curlybob, fine, dense, low-po, big waves/ringlets (2C/3A)
    Co-Wash: Nature's Gate Herbal Conditioner
    RO: YTC Carrot, Aubrey Organics GPB
    LI: BS Shea Soft Styling Cream (HG)
    Styling: KCCC, Garnier P&C Gel
    1xWeek: low-poo, gelatin PT or Joico K-Pak
    Hair Likes: aloe, coconut oil, humidity, protein, long walks on the beach