WAVES, CURLS, COILS & COMBINATION CURLS
I've created a very simple CurlyTexture IDENTIFIER (CT-ID) guide to help youdetermine your natural curly texture. The guide groups the curly patterns into easy names:
WAVES, CURLS, COILS & COMBINATION CURLS.
The Curly TEXTURE IDENTIFIER describes each group into the individual curly patterns:
WAVES (W): Slight Waves, Loose Waves & Wavy
CURLS (C): Curly & Very Curly
COILS (CLS): Coily, Very Coily & Tight Coils
COMBINATION CURLS (CC) : Curly / Very Curly & Very Curly / Coily
To determine your true texture, know that Slight Waves, Loose Waves, Wavy and Curly
hair tend to grow down from the scalp. While, Very Curly, Coily, Very Coily and Tight
Coils grow up or out and away from the scalp.
Once you've grown out your natural hair to desired length, take a hand mirror and look at
the new growth. Then, look at the guide below to determine the TEXTURE–– The look
and feel of the curl. Now, you can pick your curly pattern or at LEAST, the closest curl
pattern to your Wavy, Curly or Coily textures.
GROUP I – WAVES
WAVES consist of three curl patterns: Slight Waves, Loose Waves and Deep
- Slight Waves: Straight with a little wave
- Loose Waves: S-shaped Curls that are large and uniformed
- Wavy: Very deep waves
- Waves feel smooth and silky to the touch and have minimal frizz, body and volume.
- Slight waves ted to be oily.
- All waves have little stretching action and the strands can be thin, medium or thick.
GROUP II – CURL
CURLS consist of two distinct patterns: Soft Curls, Curly & Very Curly.
- Soft Curls look like: C-shaped curly patterns, smooth & silky looping into loose
- Curly Hair looks like: C-shaped curly patterns that loop into spiral, corkscrew &
- Very Curly hair looks like: individual C-shaped curls forming into Coils.
- Soft Curls and Curly Hair are springy, feel smooth or textured and are prone to frizz and tangles.
- There is much body to reduced body and some compacted hair with stretch and return action.
- Very Curly hair can lack hydration and natural oils.
- Both Soft Curls, Curly & Very Curly strands are thin, medium or thick, while Very Curly hair has strands with Combination Curls.
GROUP III – COILS
COILS consist of three curl patterns: Coily, Very Coily and Tight Coils.
- Coily: Tight C-shaped curl patterns with distinct very springy, medium coils
- Very Coily: Very tight C-shaped afro with distinct tight, springy coils
- Tight Coils: Extremely tight afro with tight C-shaped, interlocking zig-zag and coily curl patterns.
- Coils feel cottony, spongy and tight coils are crunchy to the touch and are highly
textured. Coils are also frizzy, knotty and tangle easily.
- The hair is compact coily hair has
stretching action and tight coils has minimalstretching action.
Coils lack hydration, lacks natural oils and can be dry and brittle.
- The strands are thin, medium, thick or a combination of thin and medium. Tight Coils
are great for locking and can reach long lengths when locked. Tight Coils also break
very easily with chemical processing.
GROUP IV - COMBINATION CURLS
consist of a hybrid of Curly / Very Curly combination and Very Curly / Coily combinations.
CURLY TEXTURE ID:
Curly & Very Curly Combo: has some wavy hair mixed in around the hairline with mostly curly hair at the crown and very curly hair towards the back and middle back of the head. This curly combination takes on the characteristics of both curly, very curly and sometimes wavy hair textures.
Very Curly / Coily Combination: consist of defined C-shaped curls forming into coils with distinct medium springy coils. This curl pattern can be detected in different areas of the head or in combination throughout the head. It's not unusual to also have some very coily curls in the middle back of the head. This combination takes on characteristics of Very Curly and Coily textures including Very Coily hair.
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