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How to Identify Your Curl Type—And Why You Really Need to Know

Curls aren't one-size-fits-all—I'm a 2b, what about you?

Curly hair is a blessing—a gift from the beauty gods. But, as it happens with these things, there’s a catch. It’s not all bounce, shine, and perfect definition; and you have to face a unique world of challenges that straight-haired ladies wouldn’t understand. From the fickle frizz to the ever-thirsty strands, curly hair makes you work for it. The most important thing you can do when it comes to your curls is to understand them, and identifying your curl type is the first step to getting your best-ever curls. Your curl type will help you map out a styling strategy that works for you, taking into account your texture, curl pattern, and porosity. Ouidad, DevaCurl, and NaturallyCurly are some gurus we turn to in times of distress, which inspired and informed this handy guide. (We’re all in this together, right?)

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