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It can be difficult to know which tips to follow without knowing your hair type. This hair type guide serves to explain your hair type, and includes a few tips to best care for your hair.
- 1 How to Master your Curl Pattern Like A Queen!
- 1.1 WHAT IS MY CURL PATTERN?
- 1.2 TYPE 3 HAIR (3A, 3B, AND 3C)
- 1.3 TYPE 4 HAIR (4A, 4B, AND 4C)
- 1.4 HOW TO GET A CURL PATTERN IN NATURAL HAIR
- 1.5 HOW TO GET YOUR CURL PATTERN BACK
- 1.6 HOW TO RESTORE NATURAL CURL PATTERN TO HEAT DAMAGED HAIR
- 1.7 HOW TO STRAIGHTEN NATURAL HAIR WITHOUT DAMAGING CURL PATTERN
- 1.8 Best Shampoo And Conditioner For Thick Coarse Hair
- 1.9 Why Deep Conditioning For 4C Hair Matters!
- 1.10 How To Take Care Of Short Natural Hair At Night
How to Master your Curl Pattern Like A Queen!
WHAT IS MY CURL PATTERN?
If you’re wondering what your curl pattern is, you’ve probably already come across a curl pattern chart. If not, I’ve placed one below as reference:
As you can see, there are four major hair types and several subtypes. Type 1 is straight, and type 2 hair is wavy. Most black women have type 3 or 4 hair and it is either curly or coily.
Also note that it’s possible to have a mixture of several hair types on your head, either from birth or as a result of using certain styling methods.
Keep reading to find out about types 3 and 4 hair so you can see which hair type you have.
TYPE 3 HAIR (3A, 3B, AND 3C)
Type 3 hair is curly, with the curls advancing into a tighter pattern from a to c. The subtypes range from a looser “S” pattern to a tighter one.
Achieving curl definition is most facile with type 3 hair, but it is not without challenges. Type 3 hair requires moisture and styling techniques that are beyond conventional to maintain the curl pattern.
Look for lighter weight styling products when you optate to define your curls.
TYPE 4 HAIR (4A, 4B, AND 4C)
Type 4 subtypes are probably the most involute, and the haircare inclines to be the most arduous to master because the curls are so intricate.
Type 4a hair forms a tight “S” pattern, while type 4b hair forms a tight “Z” pattern. 4c hair is the last subtype on the curl pattern chart and it is the curliest of all hair types. In fact, the pattern is more of an “O” and it is coily.
Naturals who are type 4 hair have many challenges beyond curl definition. Keeping the hair moisturized, untangled, and breakage-free are just some of the goals.
However, surmounting these challenges will lead to a well-defined curl pattern and hair you can fall in love with.
HOW TO GET A CURL PATTERN IN NATURAL HAIR
If you want to have a well-defined wash and go or have some curl in your high puff, you will need to bring out your curl pattern.
If you’re natural, you already have curls. You just need to define the curls to form a pattern. Here are some ways to define your curl pattern:
- Avoid Sulfates and Harsh Chemicals. Sulfates are known to dry out hair and make it impossible to retain your curl definition. Opt for more natural cleansers, conditioners and styling products. Hair products are meant to help, and your hair should look its best after you wash it. If your hair looks better before you begin your wash day, it’s time to look for another shampoo.
- Nothing destroys your curl pattern more than dry frizz. Use water or water-based products to hydrate, and then an oil-blend. This will help to define your curls.
- Don’t stretch it. Stretching will temporarily deconstruct the curl. Stretching is meant to remove the tightness of the curl for manageability and hairstyling. Stretching is very protective for hair, but you’ll need to skip it if you want a defined curl pattern.
- Avoid Heat. Using heat tools can be destructive to curl patterns. Try non-heat straightening methods instead.
HOW TO GET YOUR CURL PATTERN BACK
Your curl pattern can be easily disrupted by product usage, after using heat tools, and after bleaching or lightening your hair color. Losing a curl pattern can be frustrating, but here are some ways to get it back:
- Clarify Your Hair. Hair that is weighed down by thick and heavy hair care products has a harder time forming a curl. Clarifying your hair will help to remove product buildup and allow your curl products to work better.
- Trim Ends. Weak, limp ends will make your curls look stringy. Trim your ends, and your curls will pop more. If you have no curl pattern after a big chop, your hair may be too short. You probably need to wait 2-3 months to see a curl pattern emerge.
- Use Protein. Protein masks will help to fill gaps in the strand and allow your curl to be whole again. You’ll find protein improves frizz and strength too. However, you need to be mindful of protein overload.
HOW TO RESTORE NATURAL CURL PATTERN TO HEAT DAMAGED HAIR
If you have heat damage, you’re probably experiencing weak and limp strands when they’re moisturized. When your strands are dry, they are probably brittle and breaking.
At this point, you will need to cut off the damaged ends because there is no way to repair them. Once you have trimmed the damaged hair then you can move on to protein treatments are one of the best remedies for heat-damaged hair. The protein patches gaps in the hair shaft so that the curl can be complete. Mielle Organics is an effective treatment, and it’s easy to use. If your hair is damaged, you should do a protein treatment at least once per month. You can also use a protein after relaxer damage and after keratin treatments.
HOW TO STRAIGHTEN NATURAL HAIR WITHOUT DAMAGING CURL PATTERN
Heat doesn’t automatically damage your curls, but there is risk involved. Therefore, it’s good to take some precautions when you do decide to straighten. Remember, before you place any heat on your hair use a heat protectant from the ends of your hair to your roots.
Here are some things you can do to prevent damage:
- Keep the Heat Low. The hair shaft can overheat and melt at 451 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s best to stay well below that temperature. Use the temperature setting that matches the coarseness of your hair. If you have fine, use a temperature below 300. If your hair has medium coarseness, use 350, and if it’s very thick and coarse, use 380. Be sure to use the comb chasing method if you are looking for a slick look.
- Consider blow drying instead of flat ironing. Blow drying is safer than flat ironing because the heat tool is held at a distance. That’s why you might find you’ve lost your pattern after silk press styles. However, many naturals report losing their curl pattern after Dominican blowout styles too, so it is best to avoid extreme high heat even when blow drying.
- Do One Pass Only. Your hair heats up each time you pass the iron through your hair. Try passing the iron through your hair only once.
There you have it, How to Master your Curl Pattern Like A Queen!
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