What is my curl type?- Curly Q (&A)’s

Welcome to my first blog post of my new and improved ~Curly Girl Blog~. Let me explain a little bit about myself for the SEO boost (and because I want you to know why I care). I am a 20 year old mixed (black and white) natural hair human. I have been natural since I was about 15, and I “big chop”-ped when I was 1 week away from my 18th birthday. I haven’t chemically altered my hair since, with the exception of a few desperate box-dye highlight jobs that deserve their own post. According to Naturally Curly, I am a 3c with thick density, medium porosity, and medium thickness. According to myself, the hair on my head can be anything between a 3b and 4b.

So, what the hell does that mean?

Good question! That’s the point of this post- what is my curl pattern and what does it mean for me?

Let’s start from the beginning. Before I was born, Oprah (the patron goddess of YAAAAAAAS) had a hairstylist who created this curl pattern chart (shown below). His original chart did not include a few of these curl types, and some include more types (like 3d and 4d), but this one is the most common.

photo courtesy of glamour.com

Since the natural hair revolution a couple of years ago, people have been obsessed with typing their hair, but there’s a huge problem with how people are doing it. Some naturals don’t understand that you can have more than one curl pattern on your head.


Look in the mirror. Unless you are in the 1-2 range, there’s a strong chance you have at least two curl patterns. For me, the hair underneath and in the back is a tight 4a or even 4b curl, the hair on top in the back is a nice 3c or 4a, and the hair in front and on the sides is 3b or 3c.


Like, what????????

So, this means I have to do different things to those different parts. And you should too! You wouldn’t put the same things in bone straight hair that you do in coily-curly hair, right? So don’t treat this any different.

The best way to avoid buying literally 85 bottles of product (and spending way too much money) is by process of elimination. It sucks, and is expensive, but that’s what the internet is for! If you google your hair types and “cheap products”, you will find a million beauties on blogs or YouTube or Instagram showing you what to use.

If you need a (cheap) place to start, and your hair is anything like mine, I use the OGX Argon Oil of Morocco conditioner every time I shower and get my hair wet, even if I don’t wash. For a cleanser, if I’m ballin’ I use DevaCurl No Poo once to twice a month(but only a little bc home girl is expensive, and reminder that it doesn’t lather!!!!!!!!!) but I’m usually too poor for that so I co-wash with As I Am Coconut CoWash only every other week. I leave the OGX conditioner in as part of my styling routine, and I use Hask Coconut Oil and Honey Curl Enhancing Lotion, Mizani’s 25 Miracle Milk Leave In Conditioner (expensive but YUM does it smell GOOD), Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk, and DevaCurl’s Arc AnGEL styling gel (again- expensive but so worth it!). If it’s not a styling day for you, or you just don’t care, you can just use an old spray bottle with water and conditioner to refresh your curls.

It’s important to note that I do not, in any way, know everything about my hair. In fact, to be honest, I learn something new about my hair every single day. But that’s the joy of being “a natural.”

Peace and coils, pals.

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