Let's Stop Pretending We Know What Curl Patterns Are

We’ve probably all heard someone describe hair by a number and a letter, for example, “4C”. But do you really know what that means? Or more importantly, do you know which category your hair falls under? Whether you're starting to grow out your hair and noticing it's not doing what you thought it would do or if you want to learn how to take better care of your hair, you’ve come to the right place.

How many different curl patterns are there?

Natural hair enthusiasts created this system to better differentiate between curly hair types which before this method could be pretty subjective. The categories range from 2A to 4C with 1 describing someone with straight hair. The number in the curl pattern system refers to the type of curl: Type 2 (wavy), Type 3 (curly), and Type 4 (coily). The letters within each numbered category describe how tightly wound the curls are. 

curl pattern chart

Why should I know my curl pattern?

Knowing your curl pattern is the first step to knowing how to get healthy hair and taking this step will save you money on wasted products and methods that don’t work for your curl type. For example, guys with type 4 hair need to focus on routinely moisturizing their hair. I recommend starting simple so you can be consistent so a little water and Nile Hair’s Hair and Beard oil is a great foundation for your path to great hair. The Hair and Beard oil works for other hair types as well! All you have to do is use less product less often. Keep an eye out for a post detailing what works best for each hair type.

How do I know my curl pattern?

Knowing your curl type essentially comes down to looking in the mirror. BUT I recommend doing this after you’ve showered especially if you don’t currently have a grooming routine. A lot of people mistakenly think they have 4C hair when it's actually just dry. It’s also common to have more than one curl pattern especially at the crown or back of your head. 

Hopefully, this post helped clear up some confusion on curl patterns, and if it has you’ve already taken the first step towards better hair. 

Like the African proverb goes; A river that forgets its source will soon dry out. Luckily if you’re here then you haven't forgotten. Join us in our journey to rediscovering the strength and beauty of our hair with Nile Hair.

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