What is Type 1 Hair and How to Style, Curl and Manage Type 1 Hair

Let’s talk about hair. For something nearly everyone has, hair can quickly become a complicated topic.  Luckily, our team of experts is here with your simple and straightforward Daily Dose of hair care. Your first step to luscious locks is to understand your hair type.

What is Type 1 Hair?

Celebrity hairstylist Andre Walker created a Hair Typing System that describes four major hair types with three subtypes each. Type 1 hair is straight hair.

  • Type 1A is straight as a pin, soft, shiny, a bit wispy, and doesn’t hold curls well.

Type 1A

  • Type 1B is mostly straight, but with more body than type 1A.

Type 1B

  • Type 1C is generally straight, but with body and a bit of bend.

Type 1C

Type 1A hair is the least common, but any type 1 hair can cause a love-hate relationship. It’s soft to the touch and frizz-free, but also stubborn and hard to handle. The shine of type 1 hair is a definite bonus. That beautiful glow is thanks to how easily natural oils from your scalp can move down each straight hair shaft. The downside is that those oils build up, leaving you with greasy hair, a lack of volume, and a constant battle.

How Do You Curl Type 1 Hair?

You’ve probably tried every styling tool and heating product under the sun in a fleeting effort to curl your straight type 1 hair. With the right styling products, you can create body and texture in your type 1 pin-straight hair. You can even achieve a little wave. The trick is to use lightweight hair care products that will not weigh your hair down with build-up – and make sure you have a suitable style for your hair type.

What are the Best Styles for Type 1 Hair?

You know that styling products can make or break your hairdo, but products aren’t the only factor that keeps your hair from falling flat. How you cut your hair can mean the difference between a looking great or having a lot of bad hair days.

Whether you have short or long hair, adding lots of layers to your hair cut results in instant style for type 1 hair. Layering your hair creates movement, versatility, and, most importantly, body to otherwise flat straight type 1 hair. Adding layers to a short cut is a great way to give your straight hair extra volume.

What is the Best Hair Care for Type 1 Hair?

Caring for type 1 hair can get overwhelming. You need to find the balance between keeping your hair moisturized and not letting it get too oily. With type 1 hair, you want to avoid shampooing too often. Overdoing the shampoo triggers your scalp to produce excess sebum, leading to greasy, overly shiny hair. Choose a quality lightweight leave-in conditioner, especially if you use heat styling tools to create volume and curl for your straight hair.

What is Daily Dose?

Still looking for the best product for your type 1 hair? Give Daily Dose a try.

Daily Dose™ Leave-In Conditioner works for all hair types. This leave-in conditioner is a mist spray that will leave your hair soft and free of frizz or tangles. Daily Dose is a perfect product for type 1 hair – it provides texture and shine while making your hair easy to style. The cruelty-free non-greasy formula combats oil and keeps your hair perfectly moisturized. Daily Dose is a great product to simplify your beauty routine and help you create the evasive “effortless” look. Get Your Daily Dose Leave-In Conditioner Here!

Related Hair Type Articles and TIPS

Type 1a Hair (Pin Straight Hair) & How to Care for Type 1a Hair

Type 1b Hair (Straight Hair w/Medium Texture) & How to Care for 1b Hair

Type 1c Hair (Straight Hair w/Mild Waves) & How to Care for 1c Hair

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 2c Hair (Borderline Curly, Wavy, Distinct S) & Care Tips

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

Type 4 Hair (Coily, Kinky) Overview and How to Manage Type 4 (Coily, Kinky) Hair


Author: Hannah Rogers

Hannah Rogers - Hair Type 1 Author

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.




Disha Sarkar Cutellapoo

I have 1C hair and it becomes frizzy easily

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This is really appreciated that you have presented this data over here, I love all the information shared. It will be very helpful to understand the hair and how to style curl and manage type-1 hair. Great post to share!!

Daily Dose Team

Hi Sheila, sounds like you have type 1a hair!


I am a white girl with super fine, stick straight dark brown color treated hair. What’s my hair type?
I am clueless – Thanks!

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