What Is 2C Hair Type?

2C Hair

Of the three types of type 2 hair, type 2c hair has the most noticeable and distinctive wave pattern. A very distinct S-shaped pattern can be seen in type 2c. This hair type forms loose, spiral-like curls all over and is borderline curly. The thickest and coarsest of the three types of hair, type 2c is also the most frizz-prone and styling-resistant. The thick and full hair of type 2C can be intimidating to style. With 2c hair, it is best to go back to the fundamentals. So what does that actually mean? The better, the simpler. The best hairstyle for these thick locks is an off-center part and an embrace of the curly, wave. Not sure what hair type you have or hair extensions would match your hair type?? 

Checklist If You Have 2C Type Hair

  • Texture of medium- to coarse strands
  • Dryness prone
  • Likely to frizz
  • Intense moisture requirements
  • Products required to define and control waves

Most Common Issues With 2C Hair Types

Unlike the 2A and 2B hair types, the 2C hair type is less likely to be oily. As with curly hair types, it tends toward dryness and frizz. Your waves could be so strong that you and others mistake them for curls.

The Frizz

Fighting frizz is a never-ending struggle for people with hair type 2C. Why does 2c hair frizz so easily? Because one of the defining features of frizziness is sideways hair growth and tight coiling. In essence, your hair is more prone to frizz the more curly, kinky, or dense it is. The similarity of type 2c to curly hair is what makes it frizzy. Allowing frizz to become out of control can lead to breakage and tangles in your hair, among other problems.

Damage and Dryness

Due to the shape of the strands, 2C wavy hair is more likely to experience chronic dryness. Your hair’s natural oils from your scalp have a harder time transporting moisture and nutrients down strands the wavier or curlier it is. You experience more dryness than 2A and 2B types because 2C hair is the most wavy of the type 2 wavy types. You can treat it fairly easily by concentrating on including moisture in your hair care routine, but you don’t want to go overboard. In a moment, we’ll go over this in greater detail.

Fluffiness and Volume

At their best, your 2C waves are volumous, and at their worst, they are puffy or fluffy. The ideal fluff storm is created by a lot of frizz combined with extremely wavey strands, giving you uncontrollable volume that does whatever it wants and doesn’t clump well in wave groups. By concentrating on using products designed to control and define your waves rather than add volume or make your hair look thicker, you can stay away from the fluffy appearance.

Type 2C Hair Compared To Others

Keratin is a hard protein that makes up hair. Each hair is anchored to the skin by a hair follicle. The base of the hair follicle is made up of the hair bulb. Living cells divide and grow to form the hair shaft in the hair bulb.

  1. Type 1 hair (straight hair): 1a hair, 1b hair, 1c hair
  2. Type 2 hair (wavy hair): 2a hair, 2b hair, 2c hair
  3. Type 3 hair (curly hair): 3a hair, 3b hair, 3c hair
  4. Type 4 hair (coily or kinky hair): 4a hair, 4b hair, 4c hair

Recommended Haircare Regimen For Type 2C Hair

It is ideal to keep 2C hair strong, hydrated, and with better-defined waves. You can achieve this with the right products and maintenance practices. Here are some tips for the best maintenance and care of 2C waves.

Use Anti-Frizz Products

Your waves have a propensity to become quite frizzy. The best products to use are those that are lightweight and give you control over frizz. There are many frizz-free products available that will prevent flyaways and replenish the moisture in your waves.

Include oil in your haircare regimen

Your strands’ texture can be greatly enhanced by weekly oiling. You should use a light oil, preferably one that will reduce frizz, as with any other product. Apply it to your scalp and hair (it’s important to start at the root with your hair type), then remove it with a mild shampoo.

Don't Rub A Towel on Your Hair

What do you do with your wet, curly hair as soon as you step out of the shower? Most likely use a rough terry cloth towel to rub it dry. So let’s bid this bad hair habit farewell. Rubbing only causes friction, which can result in frizz and breakage. Instead, use a soft microfiber towel to gently pat and scrunch your hair. This material is much kinder to hair and absorbs water much more quickly, which is an added benefit that will shorten the time it takes to style your hair. If you don’t have access to microfiber, you can also lessen frizz by drying with a soft cotton T-shirt and using a wide-tooth comb. How to wash your hair extensions?