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types of curl

Hello, my fellow curly-haired bellas! Whether you’re a loud-and-proud kulot such as myself, or are slowly learning to embrace and flaunt your twisted mane, here’s a helpful list I got from L’Oréal Paris U.S.A. Their professional hairstylists have narrowed down our kind into three general types of curls. Which one are you?


1. Wavy

Your curls are long, loose, and sexy. It’s easy to blow-dry it straight whenever you want a temporary change in hairstyle.

Star pegs: Victoria’s Secret models, Kat Dennings, and Charlize Theron

Best hair grooming tools for you: round brush, paddle brush, detangling brush, wide-toothed combs, blowdrier, big curling iron (if you want large, defined curls), and stronghold clips and pins

Best hair products for you: volumizing shampoos, moisturizing conditioners, spray-on hydrating mists, and shine drops


2. Curly

The loose twists and turns in your mane can go from small to medium, and your hair has a tendency to go frizzy when you brush it or don’t style it properly. Your mane is constantly thirsty; it craves moisturizing products. The weather can also determine the type of hair day you’ll have. Rain + humidity = frizz, while cold to normal season = good hair day.

Star pegs: Beyoncé, Sharika, Annalynne McCord, and Taylor Swift

Best hair grooming tools for you: wide-toothed combs (or no combing/ brushing at all!), ouchless hair elastics, hair diffuser, small curling iron (to help define curls when needed), and hair clamps

Best hair products for you: anti-frizz serums, hair oils or creams, deep conditioning treatments, moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, and leave-in conditioners


3. Coily. Your textured ringlets make you look like a doll on good days, but a crazy Amazon woman on bad hair days. It tends to frizz a lot, especially with the ever-changing weather. When styled properly, your corkscrew curls can make you stand out like a Hollywood star.

Star pegs: Rihanna, Alicia Keys, and Corrine Bailey Rae

Best hair grooming tools for you: ouchless hair elastics, hair diffuser, and hair clamps

Best hair products for you: moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, gel or mousse (but some coily gals such as myself hate them), anti-frizz serums, hair oils, deep conditioning treatments, and leave-in conditioners

What types of curls do you have or want to have? Which hair products do you swear by, my fellow curly bellas?

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Kate Alvarez

Kate Alvarez

Writer, editor, and commercial model, Kate is the curl ambassador of BDJBox. She brings a fresh and adventurous perspective on beauty, especially when it comes to curl-friendly hair products! Read about her travel adventures and quirky lifestyle at
Kate Alvarez

Comments (12)

  1. I have curly hair and the only local product that works wonders for it is Splash Hair Polish.. I buy it in tubs and apply to damp frizz just defined curls.:)

  2. Great! I’ve been contemplating lately on whether to get my hair permed 🙂

  3. Anjo Julian

    Planning to style my hair, thank you for showing the kind of curls.

  4. i have a naturally straight hair but I’ve always wanted to have a coily hair- like beyonce. Is there any type of treatment that can make my hair coily for a long period of time?

  5. Jennilyn Zuniega

    I have naturally wavy hair! Before I keep on struggling with it. Blame TVC’s with straight hair girls! hahha I just felt like my hair’s a kinky and thickly and ugly. It’s like pugad ng ibon haha! But as I grew, I learned to accept it and know that it is my asset! 😉 That I should take good care of it and not wanting to keep it straight again. Now, I love that when I woke up in bed – it felt like I’m ready to go to the beach! Oh those beachy waves! 😀 hahahha

  6. Kathleen

    I have natural straight hair with a little wavy at the end. I’m torn between having my hair permed or had it done with brazilian blowout treatment. I like big curls. But i’m afraid of seeing how it will end up in months.. just like how my sister’s hair needed to be cut short after 1 year with her permed hair 🙁

  7. Vhernie Frivaldo

    I got a wavy hair but I rather perm my hair than straighten it cause I look sultry and sexy when I have curls and it cuts my preparation in the morning in half.

  8. MJ Habel

    My hair is naturally straight but I would love to have curly! My dream hair is Rihanna’s. Big and bold and beautiful!

  9. Judy Ann Gonzales

    I’m a natural straight but tried the curly one for 4months as my alternative way of getting more sleep and less prep for the hair in the morning hahaha. Had to straighten it afterwards when it became longer and the curls are no longer intact.

  10. Sometimes I just want to shave my head coz the bad hair days but in good days I look like a
    Goddess and/or Rocker Babe so I try to maintain it. I do wish I could sport a short cut but it
    is such a “mangkukulam” look that, I only ever tried it once. 🙂

  11. Carla May Abejo

    Oh my! Wonderful timing! Been thinking of getting a digital perm this weekend

  12. moralinda

    i’m a wavy type. thanks for the info. now i know what tools and product should i use. 😉

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