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Nearly-There Curls: 2c Hair

Hair care is important for making sure your hair stays healthy and looks its best. But you want to care for your specific hair, because hair care is definitely not one size fits all. With that in mind, here’s our guide to 2c hair and what to expect from your almost-curly waves.

 
illustration of s-shape 2c waves

What to look for: riding the curve

Teetering on the edge between waves and curls, 2c wavy hair sometimes feels hard to pin down. When you’re staring at hair texture chart after chart, do you point to wavy or curly? Like all type 2 hair, 2c hair is wavy, but that often feels like a technicality. Your S-bend hair is thick and the waves start at the roots. If you’ve ever been confused about whether your hair is wavy or curly, it’s likely you have the 2c hair type. The waves in your hair are super defined and look nothing like those “beach waves” you always read about. You probably struggle with frizz just about as much as most curlies and your curly waves might feel like they’re taking over.

 

All-over-the-map patterns

Walking the tightrope between wavy and curly can feel like a circus act. The advice for curly hair doesn’t quite fit you, but the advice for wavy hair doesn’t provide enough control over your mane.


The issue with these “in between” hair types is that you’re going to really have to Goldilocks your hair products: try and keep trying, until you find what’s juuuuuust right. Like many wavies you may experience heavy products that flatten your hair. Cutting your hair in layers can help alleviate some of the weighing-down issue, and Frizz-free Volumizing Foam can add volume back in at the roots to keep your hair looking alive.

 

Frizz happens

The closer you get to curly, your chances of experiencing frizz go up, so 2c wavies need to focus on moisture. One Condition Delight is formulated specifically for wavy hair, so you can get the moisture you need without pulling your waves down. For added hydration, use small amounts of Leave-In Decadence.

 

Enhancement and structure

If you’re leaning more towards waves today, Wave Maker can help even out your wave pattern into something a little more uniform. If you really want to go towards curls, B’Leave-In curl plumper can help you push your 2c hair near the curly end of the spectrum, while providing lightweight enhancement to your hair’s natural pattern.

 
wavy redhead close up

Confidence in a world between

When you’re hovering between wavy and curly, it might feel like there’s nowhere to land. Luckily, there’s a built-in community right here: other 2c wavies you can relate to!

 

Learn from other 2c wavies

Lorde, Lili Reinhart, and Sarah Hyland are some big names you might recognize that share your in-between hair type. But there are also plenty of non-celebs who have 2c hair!


Step into the world with confidence, knowing that you get to ride a unique line that no one else quite shares. Express yourself by enhancing the beauty of your 2c hair type with care and love. Nothing feels quite like knowing you’ve got a glorious mane of hair that no one else can match.