Different Hair Types

What Are The 4 Different Hair Types?

Natural hair comes in different textures. To suggest the best hairstyle, styling & caring tips to your clients, it’s important to get well-versed with the 4 main hair types of natural human hair.

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What are the 4 different hair types?

By learning to identify the different hair types, you will be able to provide your clients with superior customer service, including recommending the hair textures closest to their natural hair.

Determining the 12 hair types is easier said than done unless you are a hair professional. Don't worry if it all seems overwhelming - we're here to help! 

Here is everything you need to know about the 4 different hair types. Read on, learn it all, and see that money flowing in! 

What are the 4 different hair types?
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Here are the 4 hair types.

Unsurprisingly, there is more to hair types than just looking at a hair texture and categorizing the hair. There are 4 different hair textures- straight, wavy, curly, and coily. 

These 4 hair types are further classified based on the tightness or looseness of the curls and coils. Each category is divided into three subcategories: A, B, and C. 

What is Type 1 Hair?

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Type 1 Straight hair

Type 1 hair is straight hair that often appears glossy and sleek. This hair type is prone to oiliness because the straight hair texture makes it easy for the oil to travel from the roots to the ends.

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Type 1 hair differs in thickness and is classified into 3 types - A, B, and C.

  • 1A Hair Type

1A hair type is the straightest of the 3 straight hair types. This hair texture lies flat on the scalp with no curl or wave pattern. This hair type is also thin and fine but has a natural luster.

  • 1B Hair Type

The 1B hair type is the second straight hair subcategory distinguished by medium thickness and hair volume. It can hold a curl but isn’t as flat or thin as type 1A hair.

  • 1C Hair Type

1C hair type is coarse and thick, with a slight wave pattern. It still lies flat on the head but has more hair volume compared to the other two hair types.

What is Type 2 Hair?
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Type 2 hair types

Type 2 hair is wavy with a signature S-shaped wavy pattern. 

Type 2 hair is the most popular texture because of the styling versatility and face softening hair patterns. Wavy hair is divided into 3 subcategories, ranging from tousled waves to well-defined wave patterns.

Wavy hair is considered the best of both worlds-straight and curly hair texture. So, it is not surprising to see a high demand for the Virgin Brazilian Wavy Bundle.

  • 2A Hair Type

2A hair type appears more straight than other wavy textures with only a slight wavy pattern. This hair type is straight at the roots but wavy at the ends. It is finer and thinner than other wavy hair types.

  • 2B Hair Type

The second category is 2B wavy hair, which has a well-defined natural wavy pattern. The top of the hair appears straight, with the wave becoming more prominent near the midpoint.

  • 2C Hair Type 

Unlike the other wavy hair subcategories, 2C hair is wavy from the root and has a beautiful, well-defined wave pattern. This makes the 2C hair type appears thicker and fuller.  

In humid climates, this hair type will have a noticeable S-shape and be more prone to frizziness.

What is Type 3 Hair?

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Type 3 hair types

Type 3 hair is curly hair identified by its signature spiral curls. Type 3 hair also looks good on all face shapes! Curly hair is divided into three types based on thickness and the curl definition.

In our opinion, anyone can rock these playful curls! We pity those who never get to experience the joy of having curly hair. So why wait?  People are constantly shopping for Virgin Indian Curly Bundles because this hair texture is spontaneous and fun!

  • 3A Hair Type

The curls appear looser and less thick in 3A hair types. This texture is less prone to frizz and can lay flatter on the scalp than other curly hair types. The curls appear loopy and have a defined S-shape. 

  • 3B Hair Type

3B hair type appears thicker than 3A hair, with wider and tighter curls. It is considered appealing because of its voluminous look. 3B hair type is prone to frizz because the spiral curl texture makes it hard for the natural oils to be distributed. 

  • 3C Hair Type 

3C hair type is characterized by thick and tight curls. It's a gorgeous texture and looks voluminous and springy. Curls appear in a corkscrew shape, which is ideal for creating movement.  

What is Type 4 Hair?

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Type 4 hair types

Type 4 hair is coily or kinky hair that is characterized by voluminous  and well-defined tight curls or ringlets. Type 4 hair is also known as Afro-textured hair. 

It is also possible to have multiple curly textures altogether. Our natural hair texture isn't uniform, but that's exactly what makes all of us so unique. Having different textures at the crown vs. towards the ends is entirely normal.

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  • 4A Hair Type

4A hair type has tight coils that appear springy and full of movement. It is a style that retains its curls, whether wet or dry.  However, when wet-styling 4A hair, it is important to consider hair shrinkage as the hair dries.

  • 4B Hair Type

4B hair is less defined than the 4A hair and has a signature Z-pattern. The curls are more defined, and the strands can range in thickness from fine to coarse. 

  • 4C Hair Type

4C hair type is the last of the coily hair types, distinguished by the tightest curls. The hair is coarse and easily shrinks. This hair texture is also the most prone to breakage. 

Nonetheless, the styling versatility lives on in this hair and it's best for when your clients want that voluminous hairdo.


That's all there is to it! The 4 different natural hair types are all gorgeous on their own.

By learning to identify the 12 hair textures, you can help your clients choose the best virgin hair extensions and wigs that fit their style. Your clients can instantly switch up their natural hair texture whenever they want!

At India Hair International, you can get your hands on versatile hair enhancements of different hair types at wholesale prices. From silky straight to the crown of gorgeous ringlets and everything in between, India Hair International has everything you and your clients need!