Why You Should Know Your Curl Type

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If you have wavy or curly hair, haircare can seem deceptively simple. Keep it moisturized. Avoid combs and brushes as much as possible. Never towel dry.

All of that is great advice of course, but that’s not the end of it. There are different types of curls, and each of them has it’s own particular needs.

Here are some ways that knowing your curl type can help you get the most out of your hair.

Know What to Avoid

There’s a lot of advice out there, and while it’s all well-intentioned, it’s not all going to apply to every hair type. It’s important to understand the strengths and shortcomings of your curl type in order to sort through what advice applies to you, and what doesn’t. You want to make sure you’re avoiding techniques that don’t really work for your curls.

Targeted Products

Since moisture is so important to curls, it’s equally important to know what type of moisturizer is actually going to work. There’s a lot of different products out there, each with different compositions and focuses. The type you choose will depend on your hair. Waves easily get weighed down by heavy moisturizes, while really tight curls do better with heavier products that are also humectants.

And that’s just conditioners. There’s plenty of other products that are going to go in your hair. If you want to make sure that they’re actually going to work, know your curl type.

Targeted Product Application

Finding the right product is just the beginning. Different curl types require different methods of product application. The goal is usually to limit the amount frizz you end up with as your hair dries, but absorption also matters. This issue tends to be a bit in-depth for most general guides, so as you get more involved, be sure to look up a guide for your specific curl type.

Seeing Healthy Hair

As you start to treat your hair in the way that’s best for it, you’ll notice the true nature of your curls emerging. Curls give off the impression of being stubborn, but they can actually be quite delicate. If you’re not treating them well, or if you put them through a lot of heated styling, they will lose their natural shape.

Treating them right will allow them to regain their true appearance. After that, it’s easier to monitor your hair, and to know when it’s healthy.

Target Styles

When you’ve got your hair together and know what your curls are supposed to look like naturally, it’s a lot easier to style them. Typically, a lot of hairdressing involves working your hair into a style that you like, regardless of what complements its natural appearance. As your hair gets healthier, it’s easier to apply styles that are more suited to your natural look. You can look up tutorials and guides for your specific hair type, and start doing styles that work well with your hair, without all the extra effort.

More Information

If you’re convinced, I would recommend starting with some general guides to discover the basics of your curl type. Check out some guides that I found helpful here and here.

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