Type 2c Hair (Borderline Curly, Wavy, Distinct S) & How to Care for Type 2c Hair

What is type 2c hair? How do you manage type 2c hair?

Type 2c hair is the most prominent and distinct wave shape of all three type 2 hair classifications. Type 2c has a very distinct S shaped pattern. This hair type is borderline curly and forms loose spiral like curls throughout. Type 2c hair is the most thick and coarse out of the three, but this also makes it the most prone to frizz and resistant to styling.

Since type 2c hair is thick and full it can feel intimidating to style. It is best to take it back to the basics with 2c hair. So what exactly does that mean? The simpler the better. Styling your hair with an off center part and embracing the curly, wave is best with these thick locks.

Breaking down the curls

Type 2c and type 3 curls can seem to show a great resemblance if you are not knowledgable in the distinctions between them. Type 2c can definitely hold the most curl out of all type 2 hair, but it does not hold the same ring like curl style that type 3 does. Type 3 hair has much more bounce and spiral like texture to it. Type 3 hair has much more pattern and uniformity than that of type 2c which is more random and sporadic.

How to care for 2c hair types, and Products, care, style, etc. let’s get into it

When looking for products that work well with your thicker, wavier locks it is important to focus on gentle cleansing and hydrating shampoos and conditioners. Less is more with type 2c hair so avoid all the heavy add ins after showering. If you are in need of adding a little extra body to your natural locks post shower, look for gentle sprays like the Daily Dose leave in conditioner to lock in your hairs natural wave pattern and add hydration. Simple ingredient sea salt sprays can also aid with enhancing your natural waves. When applying product to 2c hair it is crucial that you cover from root to base. Consistency is key to bring those waves to life.

Since type 2c hair is thicker you can be prone to having hair that seems weighed down and lifeless. Try adding in a clarifying shampoo once a week to your haircare routine and minimizing hair wash to about three times a week. Excess build up is the root of hair issues….literally. Frizz and loss of hair definition can also be signs of dryness and damage so try to steer clear of heat tools and constant styling.

What are the 4 types of hair?

Hair care can be confusing on its own, but bringing different categories and classifications into the mix can leave anyone baffled and lost. Simply put, hair can be broken down into four separate categories: straight, wavy, curly, and coily with classifications in each category. Once you can define your hair by one of these four categories you will be able to grasp a better understanding of hair care and maintenance for your specific type.

Related Hair Type Articles and TIPS

Type 2 Hair (Wavy) Overview

Type 2a Hair (Slightly Wavy, Loose S) & How to Care for 2a

Type 2b Hair (Med Wavy, Prominent S) & How to Care 2b Hair

Type 3 Hair (Curly) Overview and How to Manage Type 3 (Curly) Hair Overview

Type 1 Hair (Straight) Overview


Author: Hannah Rogers

Hannah Rogers - Hair Expert

Hannah graduated from Sussex University in Brighton, England with a double major in English Literature/Writing and Drama. Back in the states, Hannah began working at a high end clothing store in Laguna Beach. She quickly turned her job in retail into a job based around social media marketing and writing. Hannah has grown up performing onstage and being creative in every aspect of her life. Now she continues to utilize her creative assets to pursue her career in writing and acting.

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I have ,I mean I think I have , 2c hair but it is not coarse or thick ,can 2c be like that? I have the same patterns of wave/ curl as the girl in the photo, my hair is very dry on the outer layer , and frizzy . Does this make my hair 2c? what is more important in defining your hair type the pattern or the texture?

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