An Expert Explains Exactly How to Identify Your Curl Type

Maya Allen
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Figuring out your curl type takes time. Contrary to popular belief, curly hair isn't just one big category. It actually encompasses a vast array of curl types with unique characteristics and traits. Although it's easy to group hair into straight versus curly categories, that generalization does not account for the true beauty of hair in all its varied glory.

So how do you identify your curl type? For starters, it takes a bit of exploring. Considering the fact that our hair transforms over time, it also takes patience and a lot of kindness to your curls. A simple Google search of "curl type" will bring you to fascinating charts and offer a look inside cult communities of women who've bonded over their curl type. (I haven't fully learned my curl type and which products bring my coils to life, but I'm okay with that.)

I decided to reach out to curl experts and natural haircare founders who know best. Michelle Breyer, NaturallyCurly.com co-founder and The Curl Revolution author, has a beautiful take on curl types: "Hair typing is a starting point, an easy way to start wading through the many product and styling options. We mean it to be a reference guide, not a way to separate people into different groups." No hair stigmas necessary.

Of course, I couldn't write about curls without tapping the curl master, Vernon François, who also happens to be a celebrity hairstylist and founder of the Vernon François Haircare collection, along with curl extraordinaire Diane C. Bailey, who is a celebrity stylist and SheaMoisture brand ambassador. Read on for the ultimate curl type breakdown you're going to want to bookmark ASAP.

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