Hair type test + what your results mean from the experts
What type of hair do you have?
You have type 4c hair.
You have a combination of tight springs and Z-shapes, and your hair looks lush and thick. Although your hair is very fragile and prone to breakage, excess moisture is key.
Tips for styling: Buy a moisturizing conditioner and hair oil when you feel dry. Try layering techniques (like LOC) to seal in moisture and prevent shrinkage. You can also apply products right out of the shower (some people even like to apply right after rinsing out the conditioner) when your hair is least prone to frizz.
You have hair type 4b.
Your hair resembles a zigzag pattern with sharp turns. Your hair is also pretty fragile and prone to shrinkage, so you’ll want to load up on moisture here.
Tips for styling: Try layering techniques (like LOC) to seal in moisture and prevent shrinkage (basically layer occlusives on top of emollients to lock it all in). Invest in a moisturizing conditioner and hair oil when you feel dry.
You have hair type 4a.
You have bouncy, tight curls, perhaps like a corkscrew. Although your hair retains moisture better than the other type 4s, it is still prone to some dehydration.
Tips for styling: As with other types 4, everything depends on the moisture. Buy a moisturizing conditioner designed specifically for dry hair, and apply a moisturizing oil whenever your strands feel dry, wet or dry.
You have type 3c hair.
Your hair has tight loops and spirals— think of a spring inside a feather. Since the curl pattern starts at the root, volume isn’t your problem here. Your curls are lush and defined, but they’re also prone to breakage and lack of moisture, so staying hydrated is crucial.
Tips for styling: Ffocus on products that will add hydration and seal in water, as well as stylers that provide some hold and definition. You’ll want to seal the curls when they get wet to lock in the moisture and keep those loops shiny and bouncy.
You have hair type 3b.
Your hair has tighter curls— think spirals with a bit more spring. This type of hair is also prone to running dry, so it is important to keep the strands moisturized.
Tips for styling: Since curls tend to dry out, you’ll want to spritz on a refresher between conditioning sessions and stay away from sulfates and dry cleaners at all costs. Find yourself some leave-in moisturisers, oils, refreshers, and highlighters and lock in the hydration.
You have type 3a hair.
You have loose curls of medium length. They react quite easily to the elements and are quite prone to drying out, but treat them right and they will stay sharp and shiny.
Tips for styling: To determine these curls, fiFind a good moisturizer, serum, or styling gel that provides the hold you need. You may want to focus on the flatter areas first (while the hair is damp) as bouncy curls can usually hold on their own.
You have type 2c hair.
Your hair has defined waves, maybe like an S. You can also have a mix of S waves and full curls (most 2c yes!).
Tips for styling: Look for products that provide a light hold but still allow for some movement. Texture sprays and mousses are your friends, as are lightweight stylers to tame frizz (this hair type can be prone to frizz).
You have hair type 2b.
Your hair is still lying flat at the roots, but it’s moving down a bit. It’s still pretty easy to manipulate hot tools, but you end up a little on the more wavy side.
Tips for styling: Like 2a hair, lightening lotions and serums are your friends. If you’re looking for more volume, try styling with a light hold mousse and then apply a texturizing spray. If you only use serums and leave-in products, do not apply them to the roots (it can weigh down the strands).
You have type 2a hair.
Although your hair is closer to straight than curly, it has a slight bend to it. Usually it lies flat near the root, then curves downwards.
Tips for styling: Reach for lighter milks and serums, as oils and creams that are too heavy can weigh strands down (keep them away from the roots, too). If you’re looking for more volume, try styling with a light hold mousse and then apply a texturizing spray.
You have 1 hair type.
Straight hair is texture and it’s yours! Your locks have little to no bend and can get greasy quickly—it is easy for the sebum to move from the root to the trunk.
Tips for styling: As a general rule, your hair tends to lie flat, so stylers and volumizing sprays are your friends. You may want to avoid heavy oils and butters as they can instantly make your locks greasy. Maybe add the stylers after you towel dry your hair a bit— this can give more volume and lift the roots.