We love curly hair, and we want you to love yours just as much 💚
If you already love your curls and Flaunt them on the regular, we would love to hear from you. How do you take care of them?
Decoding your curl type can be confusing. One head can have several different textures. Creating a cohesive look takes a little practice and patience. When the strands at your crown are looser than the ones on the sides and even more different than the hair in the back, it's easy to just throw up your hands in frustration and contemplate shaving it all off - that's a vibe too! Understanding and embracing your texture may take trial and error, but there is a method to the madness. These days, most stylists and consumers reference a particular hair typing system for curls, developed by hairstylist Andre Walker. There's been some debate as to whether a typing system is divisive or even too narrow, and it has gone through a bit of a modification over the years with input from the curly community. Even if it isn't perfect, many people have found having some guidelines can help identify your curl pattern (or patterns), so you know where to start when choosing your hair care products and technique. Our stylists are here to help you decipher your unique curl texture and curl pattern combo and recommend the best products, and even give you a step by step on how to use them and what styling techniques will help you fall in love with (or keep loving) those beautiful bouncy curls.How is curl formed?
Curl type is determined by the shape of the follicle that your hair grows out of from your scalp. When the strand is flat or oval, the curl is tighter.
The more circular, the straighter your hair. Curl patterns are identified by the shape that the strands of hair make. Some kink, others curve or wind around themselves, creating spirals. You may have any combination of these shapes on your head. The easiest way to identify your curl shape and pattern(s) is while your hair is sopping wet.
There are sub-classifications of A to C based on the width or diameter of your wave, curl, or coil. Type A is a wider pattern size, Type B is medium, and Type C is the smallest. When you better understand how to care for your texture so you can have more options in how to style your hair.The specifics:
Fine, barely-there tousled texture that is very easy to straighten. Styling products formulated with a lightweight consistency are best for this hair type. Prepping your hair with the right shampoo and conditioner is key. Using Curl Manifesto by Kerastase Shampoo and Conditioner to cleanse and condition your hair and Kerastase Curl Manifesto Refresh Absolut for a super light day 2 refresh option. This will help maximize your texture and reduce friction damage caused by washing too frequently. Flip your head upside down and make sure to mist the mids and ends first. Gently scrunch handfuls of the damp strands for 10-15 seconds to let the curl reform before letting them loose. Shake your hair out with your finger tips from the scalp with out pulling your hands through your hair.Type 2B
Lies flatter at the crown with defined S-shaped waves starting from the mid-length. The strands are thicker in diameter than a 2A, so it will take a little more effort to get straight. To enhance your natural beach waves, you'll need something with a little more grit. Try L'Oreal Professional Beach Waves Spray. You can use it wet on wash day to create and enhance your texture. Apply to hair that you have towel dried by squeezing the water out with a towel. (resist rubbing your curls), Apply on day 2 and 3 to refresh.Type 2C
Waves are thicker and more susceptible to frizz. The S-bends are well-defined and begin at the root. Keeping the strands moisturized by shampooing less helps. Davines Love Smooth Shampoo and Mask are a go to for frizz control. When your hair is still very wet (not quite dripping) apply This is a Curl Building Serum by Davines to your hair one side a time, adding more product for the other side will ensure even distribution of the product keeping a strong S shape and preventing frizz.
Type 3 curly hair can range from loose, buoyant loops to tight, springy corkscrews, which have some sheen but are prone to frizz.Type 3A
Dense, springy, S-patterned coils. L'Oreal Professionnel Curl Expression are perfect for the frequent wash and go required to keep a soft popping texture in this hair type. Specifically the curl cream and a leave-in moisturizer are a must for adding extra moisture to daily wash-and-go styling. Because you are shampooing frequently, you can skip the clarifying and go strait to the Moisture Shampoo followed by the mask. You can leave a little of the mask in your hair for added protection and moisture.Type 4B