Curly hair comes in a wide variety of forms, particularly among Caucasians, including slightly wavy hair, springy ringlets and tight frizzy hair. Learn more about these to identify the nature of your own hair and care for it the right way!
When the hair follicle has an opening that is close to a perfect circle and is perpendicular to the surface of the scalp, the hair produced is smooth and straight. Conversely, the more a hair follicle runs parallel to the surface of the scalp and the flatter its opening, the tighter the curls will be. These characteristics are different for each of us and are genetically determined.
• Hair with large curls: in this type, the S shape is more pronounced than in wavy hair, but the hair is still soft and easy to style. Because its texture is coarser than the previous type, it is also more brittle. The curls are well defined, but frizzing often occurs in places.
• Hair with medium curls: the curls are tight and compact. They begin at the root, are difficult to distinguish from one another, and coil like springs when the hair is short. This type of hair is dry, porous, and highly prone to static electricity.
• Frizzy or very frizzy hair: this type forms spring-shaped curls which are so tight that they reduce the actual length of the hair by 75%. It is dry, brittle and difficult to manage.