Wave or Curl? What Type of Hair Do You Have?

For long, people assumed that perhaps the terms ‘curly hair’ and ‘wavy hair’ were interchangeable.

However, with more stylists coming forward with some truly amazing products to take care of these tresses, people are now realizing that each has a significant difference.

Curly and wavy type hair is differentiated on the basis of texture, tightness and thickness. And by knowing which hair you have, you can get the best products that are suited for you.

Understanding Curly and Wavy Hair

Difference between Wavy and Curly Hair

Contrary to popular belief, wavy hair isn’t curly; they are actually a type of curly hair. Curly hair is categorized as: curly, wavy and kinky. Curly hair is often misconstrued to be coarse; in reality, it is very soft. And along with being thick, all types of curly hair can also be fine.

Types of Curly Hair

Curly hair takes the shape of a corkscrew or ringlets. Wavy hair fall at ringlets and settle in S shapes, rather than tight curls. Actresses like Scarlett Johansson have wavy hair. Kinky hair has the tightest curls and is usually the typical hair curl for people of African descent. It is also shaped in tight corkscrew shapes and is very fine. An example of an actress with kinky hair is Alicia Keys.

How to Know What Kind of Hair You Have

Even fine curly hair can appear thicker. These curls often begin at the scalp and retain their shape until they reach down, often widening in width. Wavy hair is usually flat at the scalp and wavy at the bottom, but for kinky hair; they start curly at the top and are usually easily layered right till the bottom.

Caring for Curly Hair

When dealing with curly hair, you can use different hair dryer settings to scrunch up your hair and give it more volume. Wavy hair can be styled with drying and pomade but you have to make sure that you have the best products for proper curly hair treatment so that you’re not left with a crunchy feeling in your tresses.

And although kinky hair is difficult to maintain, you can use specialized shampoos and products that are specifically designed for natural curly hair.

Now, with all these precautions, another thing you must remember is to never comb your hair or brush them after they’re dried. Curly hair can easily come undone and lead to frizz. If you want to refresh your curls, scrunch up your hair in sections, and add mousse to the flat parts.

Another way you can refresh your curls is by wetting them again and using your fingers to curl them in ringlets.

Now that you know what type of curly hair you have, get the best hair treatment products and turn your curls into a magnificent natural halo of beauty.

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