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You may feel your hair dry and oily. So if asked, what your texture hair type is,  your answer would be dry, oily, or smooth. Here is where you make the mistake. Many people think the texture of their hair is simply how their hair feels.  It is not surprising if you are still confused about what texture hair actually is. But the truth is, the texture hair is not dry or greasy,  but it simply describes the state of your hair.  Even within the industry related to hair care,  this term is used in many different ways.

There is a difference between hair types and texture hair.  Once you understand the difference between them, you will know what your hair is naturally capable of.  And you will learn to take better care of your hair.  So let’s talk about the different types of texture hair and the reasons you should know about your type of hair

The more you learn about the type of hair, you will have a better understanding of how to maintain it healthily with natural locks and keep it in a good style. 

What is texture hair?

texture hair

There are several elements that define your long and thick hair, but the most basic element you should know is the texture of your hair. As it refers to the thickness and diameter of each individual strand of hair.

Simply it describes the circumference of your hair. Each texture hair type has its own traits that differ from other textures. Hair texture refers to the natural hair strands of shape and pattern like coils or waves. 

This was classified in the 1990s, to market the line of hair care products. And so many stylists and brands have adopted the original categories and created their own versions with more, less, or different texture hair types. 

How to find my hair texture type? 

The hair type charts will differ in what hair qualities they feature, and it includes the texture of the hair.  If you are not sure of what hair texture you have then you can use a few tips to find it out. 

Leave your hair free without using any products and let it dry the next time you wash it. If your hair is drying straight without any bend or curl,  then you have straight hair,  most probably type 1A hair.  But if it dries with a slight curve like an ‘s’ shape,  then it is considered wavy hair. 

If your hair looks in a curl or a loop pattern, when dried, then you will have any of the two curl types.  If your hair looks like a zigzag pattern, spiral, and shrinkage, then you have a coily texture hair. This hair will be more fragile and prone to breakage than others. 

Just because you have a natural wave similar to your friend, it doesn’t mean that you both have the same exact hair type. As you can have type 2A, and your friend might have type 2B. Similarly, two people with straight hair can vary between type 1A, type 1B, and Type 1C. This is because of the subcategories within the four textures. 

The texture hair types

There are four different types of hair textures. 

Type 1 – Straight hair

types of straight hair

Straight hair is often considered fine hair.  This texture hair type will get easily oily and shiny.  This is because the hair is lacking curls in the hair and so the oil from the scalp we’ll go down the hair shaft faster.  This looks delicate and feels silky when you touch it.  People with fine hair will sometimes have more hair than people with thick hair texture.  But as the strands have less protein structure, they will look flat, thin, and limp. 

Here you have different types of straight hair categorized as type 1A, type 1B, and Type 1C. 

Type 1A hair 

It is thin, straight, and will have no curls at all. Also, it will not have a lot of volumes and will not be able to hold curls well. This hair is actually rare, but you can find it mostly in Asian people. 

Type 1B hair 

This is thin but holds a little amount of volume more than the type 1A hair. It is also comparably thicker and seems to be naturally straight. For this type of hair, blunt cuts, and asymmetric bob cuts will look great. You can have some feathery layers to make it look beautiful.

Type 1C hair

This will sometimes be a little wavy. It is very thick and coarse but will look straight and shiny, so you won’t be able to make curls last for a long time. It will be hard for you to maintain. If so you can reduce the volume and lighten the weight of the hair by layering this hair type. So that you can provide a low-maintenance and make many styles every day. You can try big and bold curls using this. 

Type 2 – Wavy hair

wavy texture hair

Type 2 is wavy hair and looks wavier than Type 1C hair.  But it looks less wavy than the curly and coily hair.  If you find your hair to dry in an S shape, then you need to look at this type.  You can look and feel different depending on the weather if you have a hair texture of waviness.  Simply, it is the middle ground between the straight, and curly.  It tends to get frizzy and needs some specific care to maintain it in a healthy manner.

Type 2A hair

Due to the loose and tousled curls, this type of hair looks naturally like beachy waves. It is better to use light styling products than other heavy products as they can weigh down the volume. If you have your haircut at the level of the shoulder, it will off the curls well and will make your waves look more defined. It is better to keep it shorter as it makes you feel less weight and provides you with tight waves. 

Type 2B hair 

This hair type tends to have straight hair from the roots and the curls will form further down your strands. You will find more deep S-shaped hair than the above type. You can have one-length haircuts as they will look great on them and will provide you with extra volume. 

Type 2C hair

This is between the curly and wavy. And you will find the 2C curls to be a little tighter than the 2B. This is one of the hardest to maintain and will need some extra care, as it can cause frizziness. Moreover, you have to put extra effort to style it. You can add some color to make the curls look pop. 

Type 3 – curly hair

curly hair

These are naturally defined curls with some sheen. This texture type has a lot of volume and body. It tends to go flat when it gets wet, and while it dries,  it becomes curly. 

This can be dryer than the previous two types of hair because the oil cannot easily travel down the Strand.  So in order to keep your hair in a healthy way,  you need to keep it moisturized.  Anti-frizz and moisturizing products can be used.  Do not try heat styling because it can cause damage if you do it often. 

You can try Creative Cuts to switch your day-to-day look and go with styles like buns and twist-outs to protect your hair from elements and give it a break.

Type 3A hair

This is big and looks like bouncy curls.  You do not have to use much product to define it. these curls will look loser when compared to the type 3B and 3C hair.  For this type, you can go with halo braids and braided chignons to look extra special since the natural curls will add flair and volume to the hair. 

Type 3B hair

This hair texture has tight ringlets with a lot of body.  You can now curl it with the size of a marker.  You can go with lobs and pixie cuts with this type. For this type,  you can go out with long hair and stand out to emphasize your curls more clearly. 

Type 3C hair

This hair type will have a lot of springy corkscrew curls.  It will look tight and will give you a lot of volume and movement.  To make it cuter,  you can pull your curls together in a half-up top knot or a pineapple.  It is great for wash-and-go styles if you prefer to wear it down. 

Type 4 – coily hair

coily hair

Type 4 hair is a bit complex as it will have lots of densely packed and tight curled strands.  This will look in S and Z-shaped hair. Moreover,  this hair type is described as versatile and beautiful.  You need to keep it moisturized and it needs some love to keep it untangled and healthy. 

This hair texture can easily be damaged because it will find it harder to send the natural oils and nutrients to travel down the heavily textured strand. It will also mean more prone to shrinkage. You need to strike a balance between over-cleansing it and nourishing your hair. And remember moisturizing is a must.

You can use long-lasting protective styles like knotless box braids, and crochet braids as they are low maintenance and help to protect the hair from breakage.  You can also add a couple twists or braids to keep it out of your face and let the rest of the hair freely. 

Type 4A hair

This texture type tends to keep an S-shaped pattern and when you touch it, you will feel a softness. It will have the least shrinkage and most defined curls. You can add some bangs to your look, especially curly bangs that will look perfect to frame your face. 

Type 4B hair

This type of hair has a Z-shaped strand with tight coils. These coils are not defined as type 4A but will be more noticeable than type 4C hair. You can maintain this hair type by adding oil to the scalp and retaining moisture. To add more definition to the curls, you can go with perm rods and Flexi rods, as they will be great choices. Other than that, crown braids and tuck and roll will give you a stylish look. 

Type 4c hair 

This textured hair has a sharp Z-shape with the least defined curl shape. You will find it to be the thickest hair type and so will have to handle a lot of tangles.  Daily moisturizing is a must to be included in your routine and you need to handle your hair with care. But the main advantage you have with this hair is the thickness. You can try Hairstyles like twist-outs and space buns that look perfect when they have a lot of volumes. 


When growing up, we thought that there are only a few types of hair. But the fact is that there is much more to that. When you know your hair texture, the curl patterns, and the porosity, you will get the key to healthy hair. 

Each type of texture hair will need its own set of maintenance and tools.  When you know about your type of hair texture you will know how you can maintain it,  and what things you can do to take care of your hair.  If you want to purchase a brush that reaches your roots,  you can select it according to the type of your hair. 

Products may work for a certain hair type but can damage the other types of hair. So when you know it, you can determine how much you should use and what types of products you need to use. If you are unhappy with your hair, this can be a great solution to carry on with your hair care routine.

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