Confused? Whats my hair type? How to take care of it?

ObaidyObaidy Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 2 Curl Neophyte
edited March 2018 in Hair Type 3
Cutting this short. What's my hair type? Density and all? 
Being Arab and all of my family have really loose wavy hair and me being the only one with curls made this almost impossible to take care off. 
The front of my head is really tight curls. At the top of my head is kinda loose curls, so my hair is a mix of curl types I guess.
How can I keep my hair growing downwards instead of outwards?

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  • Guide 65Guide 65 Registered Users, Moderators Posts: 1,984 Curl Virtuoso
    Answer ✓
    Welcome!  Your hair looks like a 3C to me, but I'm not very good at curl typing.  It doesn't really matter anyway.  Most of us have a mix of curl patterns on our head, and the curls can change from season to season, or even day to day.  What's more important is porosity, strand thickness (fine or coarse hair), and density.

    The best thing you can do is moisturize.  Use gentle shampoos, or no shampoo at all. Use a good conditioner, use leave in conditioner. 
    Formerly known as Janiegirl
    2B/2C, fine hair, low density, mixed porosity, protein loving hair
    Current products:
    Changing up my shampoos because I can't find one I like
    Deva Curl One Condition (original formula)
    Innersense I Create Volume
    Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel
  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Moderators Posts: 10,840 Curl Virtuoso
    edited March 2018 Answer ✓
    Welcome, @Obaidy!  So glad you've joined us. 
    I agree... I think you're probably a 3C. Have you taken the Texture Quiz
    Why do you want it to grow down sted out? Here in the U.S., anyway, big hair is beautiful hair! :) 

    Gretchen co-founder

    You are beautiful!


  • ObaidyObaidy Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 2 Curl Neophyte
    Thanks for taking time to answer me.
    I guess all my life my hair has never gone past my shoulders and trying never hurts I guess lol.
    I think my hair texture is:
    Porosity --> High.
    Density --> Low to medium.
    Thickness --> Fine.
  • curlyamarylliscurlyamaryllis Registered Users Posts: 338 Curl Connoisseur
    Obaidy said:
    Thanks for taking time to answer me.
    I guess all my life my hair has never gone past my shoulders and trying never hurts I guess lol.
    I think my hair texture is:
    Porosity --> High.
    Density --> Low to medium.
    Thickness --> Fine.
    Pull a curl all the way straight and see how long it is. I guarantee your hair is past your shoulders. Curly hair always looks shorter due to "shrinkage", i.e., the loss of length you get from the shape of the curl itself. The tighter the curl, the more shrinkage you have. My hair looks shoulder length, but pulled straight it's about halfway between my shoulders and my waist.

    Honestly, your curls are very beautiful to me, but I know in many places people don't see the beauty of curls yet. 

    Note: "shrinkage" has another meaning in the US (and maybe other places) that has to do with male parts.
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    Ouidad Advanced Heat & Humidity Gel mixed with UDG for high humidity
    at home gelatin PT
    Hask Argan Oil Deep Conditioner
  • Therese1Therese1 Registered Users Posts: 2,563 Curl Virtuoso
    I agree that keeping your hair moisturized is the best thing you can do. Moisturized hair has less frizz, so it will have less volume.

    You may wish to try an oil treatment on dry hair. You can use coconut oil, olive oil, argan oil, avocado oil...pretty much any oil. Just put a little bit on your dry hair and allow it to sink in overnight. I would start with just a few drops. Then wash it out the next day with your regular shampooing. Doing this type of oil treatment will add elasticity to the hair and make it softer, which might help it appear to grow "down" instead of "out".
    Low poo: Intelligent Nutrients (IN) Harmonic; Oribe Cleansing Creme
    RO: IN Harmonic
    LI: CJ Beauticurls; Jessicurl (JC) Gelebration Spray
    DC: JC Deep Conditioning Treatment; Weleda Rosemary Conditioning Oil
    Stylers: JC Confident Coils; IN Volumizing Spray; IN Perfect Hold Hairspray; John Masters Sea Mist; Bumble Bb. Gel; Kenra Firm-Hold Gel; Sevi Blue Yarrow Sea Salt Spray
    Low-porosity 2a/b baby-fine hair
  • bomegabomega Registered Users Posts: 1,355 Curl Virtuoso
    edited March 2018
    Hi @Obaidy

    Welcome to I think your curls look fantastic! I agree that the best thing you can do to care for your hair is to keep it moisturized. If you have fine low/medium density hair, using products that moisturize will probably also add weight with might lengthen your curl pattern, and also make the curls settle downward, and it sounds like that is something you want too. But most of all it will keep your hair and curls healthy, and that is a look that is always in fashion. :)

    High porosity hair often benefits from protein in products, so you might want to experiment with this. Fine, high porosity hair can take more protein than coarse hair, but you still don't want to overdo it. Here is a good article that can explain more:

    Also, even though you are a guy, you might want to check out this lady's videos: She has two videos about protein, and she has fine high porosity hair, so you might get some good ideas there. 
    Low-poo: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Shampoo for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Coconut & Shea Hydrating Shampoo
    Clarify: Kinky Curly Come Clean
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    DT: Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioner
    Leave-in: As I Am Leave-in
    Styler: Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly
    Treatment: Daily tea spray; Coconut oil overnight treatment; Citric acid rinse for hard water; 2-step Henndigo w/ amla to cover gray

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  • SavagegirlSavagegirl Registered Users Posts: 383 Curl Connoisseur
    Oh I love your hair! I would love to wear it for a day just to see how it would feel. I have a much looser texture and bouncy does not happen evetyday. Enjoy!
    2C-3A Fine, medium density, very long
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  • SheankaMarieSheankaMarie Registered Users Posts: 1 Curl Neophyte
    Hair definitely looks like a 3B. 3C hair is more of curly/coily... Your hair def looks 3B curly, with maybe some 3A sprinkled in. As the hair gets heavy, it will start to fall. It just needs to grow a little more.
  • LazLaz Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 0 Curl Neophyte
    Hey guys I'm kinda confused at what hair type I have I think it's 4a mixed with 3c but I'm not entirely
  • LazLaz Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 0 Curl Neophyte
    Hey guys I'm kinda confused at what hair type I have I think it's 4a mixed with 3c but I'm not entirely
  • Curlyed123Curlyed123 Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 14 Curl Neophyte
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  • RosaRizoRosaRizo Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 0 Curl Neophyte
    I agree with Sheanka Marie, his type is 3B. I have similar hair. The first photo the hair is definitely shorter. I can see a mix of different types including a loose wave. As it grows does it get heavy in the bottom like mine? It might have to do with the hair cut. Mine has some lift in the first layer on my top, there are some coarser strands acting like an umbrella, also they get weathered the most. In my case if I tie it I can loose some curls.
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  • PrettyFit_CurlyPrettyFit_Curly Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 3 Curl Neophyte
    Your hair is all Type 3 curls! It’s mostly 3A in the back, 3B on the top and on the sides. Your hair looks fine, and the density looks medium to high. Typical Mediterranean Curly Hair!! Yallaa!
  • curlytresses1curlytresses1 Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 5 Curl Neophyte
    Most arabs I know  and have met have a very tight curl pattern but they like to straighten their hair .  I would say your hair is 3c 

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