curl guide

Understanding the basic characteristics of your natural hair is helpful when choosing what products and techniques to incorporate into your haircare routine. Use the information below to get the most out of what Figured has to offer!

Curl Pattern

Why is Knowing Your Curl Pattern Important?

Though it isn't a magical solution to all your hair challenges, understand all your curl pattern(s) can help you determine what product types and techniques are best for your hair. Curl patterns are typically broken down in to pairs of numbers and letters, serving  as a solid blueprint for your natural haircare routine.

Afro-textured hair typically falls between 4C and 2C curl patterns. 

How Do I Find My Curl Pattern?

You can get an idea of your curl patten by plucking a few curls for 2-3 different places around your head. Compare your strands to the hair strands below.

Note: If you hair has been chemically altered (e.g. keratin, relaxer) it may be difficult to find your natural curl pattern on this chart.

4C

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3C

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4B

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3B

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4A

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3A

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LOCS

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2C

Porosity

What is Porosity?

 

Hair porosity is the ability of the hair to absorb and hold moisture. It is affected by the flexibility of the outer hair layer known as the cuticle, which determines how easily moisture and oils pass in and out of your hair.

 

Why is Knowing Your Hair's Porosity Important?

 

Understanding the porosity of your hair will help you determine what products and techniques are critical for keeping your natural hair moisturized.

 

How Do You Find Your Hair's Porosity?

One of the best ways to determine your hair's porosity is by doing a float test! Fill a transparent glass with water and either pluck 2-4 strands of hair from your head or collect them from a nearby brush or pick. Next, place the strands into the glass and set a timer for 15 minutes. If the strands stay near the surface, you have low porosity hair. If your hairs sink and stay in the middle of the glass, you have normal porosity hair. If the strands sink near the bottom of the glass, you have high porosity hair.

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LOW POROSITY

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NORMAL POROSITY

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HIGH POROSITY

Hair Width

What is Hair Width?

 

Hair width describes the circumference of an individual hair strand. The 3 main categories of hair width are fine, medium, and coarse.

 

Why is Knowing Your Hair Strand Thickness Important?

 

Determining the thickness of your hair strands will help you understand your hair's strength, susceptibility to damage, and ability to retain length. 

 

How Do You Find Your Hair Width?

To find your hair width, take piece of your hair from a brush or comb and hold it up to the light. If the hair is very wide and easily visible, then you have coarse hair. If it's so thin that you can hardly see it, you have fine hair. If your hair appears neither thin nor coarse, you have medium width hair.