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How Do I Know My Hair Type?

Posted on 20 February 2020

Curls come in all different shapes and sizes and therefore require different kinds of care. That's why it's become so popular to categorize curls by their size and texture!

But if you're just starting your curl journey, it can be intimidating to try and figure it what kind of curls you have. Team LUS is here to help!

How The Curl Typing System Works

In the curl typing system developed by Andre Walker and popularized by, the number refers to the family of curls: 1 typically representing straight hair, 2 for waves, 3 for curls, and 4 for kinks and coils.

The letters refer to tightness or diameter of the curl pattern: A being large and loose, C being the smallest and tightest, and B falling somewhere in the middle.

Understanding Curly Hair Types


This hair type has super flexible and bendable strands with an
S-shape pattern, either loose or defined.


Curly hair can range from loose and bouncy ringlets to tight and springy spirals.


These strands form extremely small coils or zig-zags that are packed very tightly together, making them prone to shrinkage.

How does knowing my curl type help me?

Knowing your curl type can give you tons of insight into caring for your hair. There are lots of resources, blogs, and YouTube tutorials you can search based on hair type. It also gives you a better understanding of which products to use in your hair. Here at LUS, we designed our products to work based on each hair type, creating unique 3-Step systems for wavy, curly, and kinky-coily hair.

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Cleanse, condition, and style.

Choose from Wavy, Curly, and Kinky-Coily.

Is the curl typing system accurate?

The curl-typing system isn’t perfect. You may notice several different types of textures on your own head which is actually quite normal. This system is meant to be a starting point to help guide you in the right direction. In fact, two people with the same curl type may experience different results in their hair. This is because there are other factors that also impact your overall texture such as porosity, thickness and density, and sometimes damage. But overall, researching methods that work well on other people with your same hair type can help you find the best products, techniques, and styles for you! To help you get started, we've got tons of great styling videos for all curl types over on the Big LUS Info Page, check them out here!

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