Like all type 2 hair, 2c hair is wavy, but that often feels like a technicality. Your S-bend hair is thick and the waves start at the roots. If you've ever been confused about whether your hair is wavy or curly, it's likely you have the 2c hair type.
By now you've probably figured out that the 2c hair type is the waviest of all type 2's. Each wavy lock has an almost ringlet-like shape to it, which is why it's often miscategorized as a curl type. But when you compare it to naturally curly hair types, you'll notice that type 2c strands have a definite S-shape.
Type 2 hair, also known as wavy hair, can be defined by its “S” shape curls and looser texture. It is often misclassified as 'frizzy' hair because it tends to lose its shape easily without the correct products. Type 2 hair can be broken down further into three different subtypes: 2A, 2B, and 2C.
2C. Type 2C waves are usually identified as small to medium size waves that form into a letter S shape as they grow. This shape borders between wavy and curly hair. Though for some this may already look like a typical curly hair, the 2C type does not form springs, a distinguishing feature between waves and curls.
Type 2C hair has defined waves that start at the roots, and is thicker than the other subcategories. This hair type starts to form loose spiral curls and has that “S” shape. Type 2C tends to be the most prone to frizz of the Type 2 category. With wavy hair, the biggest frustration is that it tends to frizz easily.
Since 2C hair has more open waves, you can use rollers paired with a curl-defining product to enhance its texture. Instead of rubbing your hair dry with a terrycloth towel, pat it dry or scrunch it with a soft cotton or microfiber towel. This prevents breakage, frizz, and tangles. 2C hair is more curly than straight.
The most apparent difference between types 2C and 3A hair is their appearance. 2C hair is wavy, while type 3A hair is curly. If you look closely at 2C curls, you'll see that they have more of an s-shape than a spiral (which 3A curls have). In addition to that, type 2C curls may not start at the root.
2C hair consists of S-shaped waves mixed with ringlets. These waves and curls begin at the roots, unlike their 2B wave sisters, which start around eye level.
For wavy, coarse hair (type 2C), aim for washing every 4-5 days. This will keep your strands clean without overly stripping them of natural oils. For curly, coarse hair (type 3B or 3C), you should wash your hair every 5-6 days.
Type 2B hair is wavy and slightly frizzier than Type 2A hair. When dry, individual strands create an “S” shape with some frizz. Type 2C hair waves start from the scalp and are thicker than other Type 2 subcategories. This coarse hair type is the most prone to frizz and forms an “S” shape when dry.
2B hair consists of 'S' shaped waves in the lengths, but sits relatively straight at the roots. 2C hair has even more defined 'S' shaped curls that start from the root and continue down the lengths of the hair.
Look down at your hair, and see if it's curling into waves and ringlets. If it is, you're probably a curly girl. Water resets your hair to its natural state. If it's curly, you'll be able to tell!
Type 2C hair is known for the following: Medium to coarse strand texture. Prone to dryness. Prone to frizz.
If it dries straight without a bend or curl, then you have straight hair (or type 1 hair as it is commonly referred to). If it dries with a slight curve or “S” shape, then it's considered wavy hair (type 2). If your hair dries with a defined curl or loop pattern, you have one of two curl types.
1B hair, on the other hand, is the most common hair type. It is straight and flat but has some volume. 1C hair is the next type. 1C hair is straight but thick and coarse.
A general observation across experiments was that straight hair was perceived as younger, healthier, and more attractive than wavy hair and darker shades (medium copper and brown) were perceived more positively than blonde hair.
Genetics Is To Blame
The texture of your hair is ultimately determined by inherited genes. Genes from both parents interact with each other to produce your unique hair texture. So, if you have parents with a mix of curly and straight hair, then it's no surprise that your hair is similar.
Long, straight hair has become more popular than it has been for many years, thanks to the ability of teenage girls to head to a salon and afford professional treatments to make even the curliest hair straight. With the increasing success of blow out salons, it seems like this trend is set to stay for years to come.
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I would not recommend this for Caucasian hair. It is not a regular conditioner it is used to leave in hair to control frizz and help style shape and moisturize very curly or dry hair.