Beginner- what's my curl type?

lena.abrahamlena.abraham Registered Users Posts: 4
Hey yall, Im new here. Im trying to start this CG thing after many failed attempts and Im trying to figure out my exact curl pattern..

Im pretty positive Im 3b but my hair is VERY THICK which makes me sometimes think I might be mixed with 3c?? It tends to get poofy and frizzy a lot no matter how I style it :sad3:

Ive found the Shea Moisture line and although its not the best thing, its working better than everything else Ive tried (Garnier, Pantene, HE, LA Curls, etc etc). Im using their Restorative Conditioner, Smoothie, and Curl Milk.. If anyone knows any better cheaper Condtioner and Products,let me know please!!:blob2:

Any ideas on how to minimize this FRIZZ and POOFINES?? How can I get pretty, defined, soft curls that don't feel hard?? Also Im a college student so Im broke :(.

Any help is appreciated! :cheers:


  • kathymackkathymack Registered Users Posts: 9,999 Curl Neophyte
    Curl type is relatively unimportant because it's transient--depends on weather, products, technique, etc. Hair properties are what really matters for choosing ingredients/products. Here's a link to help you with yours Curly Hair Basics | Live Curly Live Free Once you determine your properties, look for others with hair like yours and see what they use. It's the best place to start.
    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
  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Registered Users Posts: 1,834 Curl Neophyte
    Hair properties are often transient too (anything from one too many protein treatments to thermal or sun exposure to color processing to hormonal fluctuations to color/chemical processing to a change in health status or age can change properties). Heck, a single henna application can alter your hair's porosity so much that you need to switch up all the products you had been using (I learned this lesson recently). Nothing wrong with a spending $$ on one of these testing kits, just know they only show where your hair is now (assuming you get an accurate analysis).

    Knowing hair type can be beneficial as it regards your styling routine. Someone who is a 2a or 2b is likely going to have an entirely different approach to their hair, including how they detangle, cut, and dry their hair. They will generally have a whole different set of issues than someone who is in the mid 3s to 4s. It's probably a main reason all the numbered forums exist at NC. So I know the current meme is "hair type means nothing" but that's not true. ... But to be fair, there are flaws and areas of subjectivity when using any typing system too.

    I personally can't get a handle on typing your hair based on that pic. Would you be up to getting a few more shots of your hair from different angles and with more of your hair showing?
  • lena.abrahamlena.abraham Registered Users Posts: 4
    Korkscrew, I will try to get more pics up but my hair looks identical to yours when I clicked on your profile... How do you get it to look so soft and defined!? How do you minimize your frizz?? I mean your hair literally looks like I can run my fingers through it, lol! :icescream:
  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Registered Users Posts: 1,834 Curl Neophyte
    Lena, I look forward to seeing your pics ;) Thanks for the compliment too!

    Well, maybe my hair appears "soft" because there are waves mixed in w/my curls and waviness/straightness can give the perception that the hair is soft(?). Thing is, my hair is not always soft LOL.

    Also, I think the definition you see could simply be the result of a curl pattern that's fairly consistent throughout all my hair. You're right about ease of running fingers through it when dry, though that disrupts the curl pattern, of course. It's super easy to detangle wet, but there is a TON of it, which can slow the process down a bit.

    Frizz is not such a big concern for me, even though it does happen at times. I use clarifying shampoo about once a month and the rest of the time I use sulfate-free shampoo, or "shampoo" with conditioner (that's called "co-washing"). After co-washing I use a leave-in conditioner and usually some some sort of gel or mousse.

    Stick around here and continue to ask intelligent questions and you will likely discover a routine that works on your particular hair. It make take some experimentation too. If you have more questions, I'd be happy to answer them :D
  • lena.abrahamlena.abraham Registered Users Posts: 4
    Sooo ii think i ive found something that works... I applied coconut oil and olive oil on my dry ends and slept in it.. The next morning i washed with shea moissture revitalizing cond and then i used the curl enhancing smoothie as my DC mixed with some olive oil..i read somewhere that it can be used as a DC so i tried it out... Afterwards i used some more of the RC as my leave in , then mixed the shine milk with moroccon oil.. I plopped with a tee for 2 hrs.. And OMG my hair was suppppppper soft!! It defined my curls also! But when its completely dry it poofs up (of course). Any tips on reducig the frizz and keeping the definition i get right after plopping? I have some FOTE aloe vera gel but im scared to use it cuz gels always dry my hair out like crazy no matter how much leave in or other products i use.. I found my hair loves organic stuff a lot! I have some curl keeper sample i got maybe i should just use that??

    Pre poo- coconut oil, evoo, some tea tree oil on my scalp to prevent dehydration..
    Co-wash- SM RC
    DC- SM Curl ehancing smoothie mixed with evoo
    Styling- SM RC, moroccan oil, SM shine milk
    Gel?? Still looking...
  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Registered Users Posts: 1,834 Curl Neophyte
    With all the oil, "milk" and conditioner you're using, I'd be sure and use a clarifying shampoo about 1 to 2 times per month, to avoid nasty build up.

    As for frizz, I just figure some frizz is part of being curly for many of us. Put another way, I think your hair looks terrific as is :D
  • davidkaltsasdavidkaltsas Registered Users Posts: 119
    Its not 3c at all. Its probably a coarse 3b. It doesn't look puffy to me 0_0
    Curl Pattern: 3a mixed with 3b
    Density:Medium to High

    CG Method since 25/6/13

    Want to reach terminal length !

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