"You've got such beautiful curly hair!"
"Well thanks, but it's actually coily"
"Um, what's the difference? They're exactly the same"
Yeah, who hasn't been down that road right?
But we think it's truly time that we dissected the different types of curly hair and what each of them basically mean. Decoding your hair pattern can be a little overwhelming and confusing especially, when it all looks the same and even your mom or basically anyone has absolutely no idea what they're getting into.
So, let's take a look at the difference between curly, coily and wavy hair.
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Before getting started, there's one thing that you should know. Your curl pattern basically depends on the shape of the hair follicle your hair grows out from. The flatter or more oval shaped the follicle is, curlier the hair would be. On the other hand, the more circular the cross section or the follicle is, the straighter your hair would be. Hair patterns are precisely divided into 4 categories, straight, wavy, curly and coily. In this article, we'll only be talking about the latter three though. Also, you'll find it interesting to know that you can have more than 1 type of hair on your head, so let's say, you've got tendencies of both coily and kinky type in your hair. Cool, right?
Wavy Hair- wavy hair can range from perfect beach waves to fluffy, bouncy, undefined curls. The easiest way to know if you've got wavy hair are the little "s" shapes it makes, while falling on your shoulder.
Curly Hair- this is type 3 hair, which is mainly characterised by loose loops, shiny corkscrew curls and and tight springy curls. As this kind of hair is prone to a lot of frizz and damage, you will have to undertake hair care maintenance by using a lot of moisturizers and conditioners to maintain that soft spring in it.
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Coily Hair- coily hair is more commonly known as type 4 hair or kinky hair. It's really dry, spongy and wiry. The curls are tightly sprung in and around the head and are prone to major shrinkage. People with coily and clumpy hair are major fans of keeping the hair moisturized and hydrated.
We hope this cleared up your doubts and reservations related to what category of hair pattern your hair falls into. For finding out more information about what kind of hair care products to use, how to crack the indecipherable hair care regime and to have an easy peasy time with the beautiful curls, check out the other blogs published on Curlvana!
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