Curly Hair Types- Identifying Your Curl Pattern | Ouidad

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Identifying Your Curl

Now that you know all about curls, it’s time to identify your own, unique curl type. It’s essential to identify your hair’s texture correctly in order to treat it right. A curl’s best friend is awareness.

To get started, take a look at your hair and find the places where the curl is best represented.

Types of Curls

Loose Curls

Typical Curl Pattern & Behavior

A lazy, “S” shape curl pattern resembling a stretched-out slinky. The curl pattern may be non-uniform and inconsistent throughout (ex: flat at the crown, wavy in the middle, dry on the ends). Naturally occurring dehydration and any damage can “straighten” out the curl pattern, and cause loose curls to lose internal memory.

Classic Curls

Typical Curl Pattern & Behavior

A consistent and defined “S” shape curl pattern. It’s an undeniable coil shape that extends from roots to ends. Typically the most uniform and healthy of all curl type, this curl pattern can become frizzy when disrupted and tighter when it is cut short. Dehydration or damage can rob this curl of it’s natural pattern, giving it the appearance of a looser curl.

Tight Curls

Typical Curl Pattern & Behavior

A small, corkscrew-like curl pattern throughout the hair. These tight ringlets tend to be finer and lighter in weight. The hair shaft tends to expand and can lose its tight “S” shape pattern, appearing dense, kinky and unmanageable.

Kinky Curls

Typical Curl Pattern & Behavior

An angular, “Z” type zig-zag from roots to end. The Z pattern is so tight that it can cause kinky curls to shrink up to 75% of the hair’s actual length. Because of the dense amount of this curl pattern, many assume that the hair is coarse and strong — but in fact it is almost always baby fine and delicate.