Updated: Feb 9
according to the pros
It’s no secret that curly hair requires different care techniques than other hair types, and one of the more important steps is finding the right shampoo. The best shampoo for curly hair is one without harsh chemicals that will help treat the curls and keep them intact. Curls can lose their shape over time, especially if the hair is damaged or unhealthy. Curly hair is also more prone to dryness, meaning you need a shampoo that will also nourish and moisturize your curls. When looking for the best shampoo for curly hair you also have to consider your curl type. Whether kinky or wavy, knowing your curl type will not only hep you determine the best shampoo and other products for your curly hair, but how to use these products in a way that will be most beneficial for your hair.
What’s your curl type?
We have all the information you need to determine your curl type here, but to sum it up, use the Andrew Walker curl chart. Walker, hairstylist to stars like Oprah Winfrey identified four types of curls simply arranging them from Type 1 to Type 4. The number refers to the type or family of curls; straight, wavy, curly, and coily/kinky.
The second part is the lettering or the ABC’s. The letter refers to how tightly wound the curls are. To break it down, Type 1s are those who have naturally straight hair, while Type 2s are wavy-hair ladies. 3s are those with spiral curls and 4s have kinks and coils.
The difference between straight hair and curly hair
The scientific difference between straight hair and curly hair comes down to the chemical makeup. All hair, whether curly or straight, has two major components: the shaft and the follicle. The shafts are the strands we can see, and the follicle is the part of the hair within the skin of scalp. The shape of the follicle is a major factor in hair texture, the follicle for straight hair is perfectly round where the follicle for curly hair is more of an oval shape. Fun fact, the flatter the oval, the curlier the hair. The difference between straight and curly hair literally starts at the root!
The way that the hair tunnels into the scalp is also a factor in texture, straight hair follicles tunnel vertically into the skin/scalp while curly hair follicles angles into the skin, which make the hair curve, creating a curl.
This tunneling of the follicle is also what creates dryness for a lot of curly hair girls as the natural sebum or oil created in the scalp isn’t able to travel as well into the strands when curved.