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Curl Pattern

Did you know that your hair has a "curl pattern"? Knowing what yours is will make your life (and hair styling) so much easier!

"Curl pattern is exactly what is says, a pattern of your curl," explains salon owner Tamika Fletcher. "Number one is straight, so there's no curl. But two, three, and four is all textures. Each number is broken down into A, B, or C. A being fine textured hair. B being medium textured hair, C being thick, coarse textured hair.

"It will save you tons of money to know what products work for your specific curl pattern."

Here's her cheat sheet:

TYPE 1 is straight hair, no curl.

TYPE 2 is gently, slightly "s" waved hair that sticks close to the head. It won't bounce up, even when it is layered. It tends to be fine, thin, and very easy to handle. It is also generally easy to straighten or curl. Type 2 hair tends to have quite a bit of sheen. Your best bet is to use lighter products such as mousses, lotions or gels that enhance the curls, but don't weigh them down.

STYLE TIPS - Use a sulfate-free gentle cleanser to get the most body for your wavy hair. Use a light, silicone-free conditioner that won't weigh your waves down. Finish your style with a volumizer that will keep your hair full while reducing frizz.

TYPE 3 curls show a definite loopy "S" pattern. Curls are well-defined and springy. Curls are naturally big, loose and often very shiny. The curl circumference is about that of sidewalk chalk. Generally, this hair type can be easily straightened. Type 3 hair is very much affected by the climate. Type 3 curl can use a variety of styling products to achieve curl formation and definition.

STYLE TIPS - Use a moisturizing sulfate-free cleanser to get the most definition for your curly twirly hair. Hydrate and moisturize your curls with a leave-in conditioner. Tame unruly frizz and create defined ringlets with a dependable styler. Use gels and creams that offer light moisture and curl definition.

TYPE 4 has a "Z" pattern, less of a defined curl pattern. Instead of curling or coiling, the hair bends in sharp angles like the letter "Z". Type 4 hair has a cotton-like feel. The hair is very wiry, very tightly coiled or bent and very, very fragile. You must take great care when working with it. Type 4 hair can range from fine/thin to wiry/coarse with lots and lots of strands densely packed together. Type 4 hair often shrinks up to 75% of the actual hair length.

STYLE TIPS - Use a heavy creamy cleanser to keep your coils healthy and moisturized. Detangling your hair should be an essential part of your hair care routine. Detangle with a conditioner that has lots of slip and your favorite wide-tooth comb. Seal in moisture and add shine to your dry fragile hair with hair milks and styling butters. Deep condition weekly to ensure strong healthy and hydrated coils. To intensify your deep treatment, add heat.

More information:
Tamika Fletcher
Owner - Natural Resources Salon

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