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Type 2A hair: Everything you need to know

Type 2A hair: Everything you need to know

If you have always wondered about your hair type because it's not quite straight but not truly wavy either, you probably have Type 2A hair. We know that understanding your hair type is the first step in proper hair care and styling. But don't worry, we will tell you everything you need to know about this hair type.

What is type 2A hair?

Type 2A hair falls into the "wavy hair" category. It's like a sweet compromise between straight and loose waves that are laid-back. It has loose and gentle S shaped waves that are more subtle than 2B or 2C. This hair type is flat at the root and has a lovely natural flow, offering versatility in styling.

Type 2A hair

What is the difference between 1C and 2A hair?

Often 2A hair gets confused with type 1C hair, as they're very similar so we are going to help you see the differences. Type 1C hair is straight with a slight bend, where type 2A hair brings more of those easygoing waves. The main difference is that 1C hair tends to be more coarse and thick, whereas 2A hair is a bit more fine.

How to take care of type 2A hair.

Taking care of your type 2A hair means finding the perfect balance between moisture and volume. We're spilling the beans on how to wash, condition, and style your hair to bring out its natural beauty without weighing it down.


Since your hair is flat at the root we suggest washing your hair twice a week since it does get greasy, easier than the other wavy and curly types. Since type 2A hair is usually defined by thin and fine hair strands, you want to use a light weight product so it doesn't drag it down.

The best shampoo

You also need to consider that wavy hair requires more hydration than straight hair but less than curly hair. So, it is important to use products that are specifically made for wavy hair. Always wash your hair with a good cleansing shampoo, as your hair type is prone to build-up products. The curly girl movement Clarifying Shampoo is perfect for this! As a conditioner, we recommend our oil-free Light Conditioner because it nourishes your hair but does not weigh it down.

We will always recommend air-drying your beautiful hair to keep it from heat damage and frizz. But, sometimes you simply don't have the time for that. In that case we urge you to use a blow-dryer with a diffuser to evenly divide heat and to enhance your waves and reduce frizz.

How do I make my 2A hair curlier?

The easiest way to get more curls is using a curling iron but you already knew that and you don't want to damage your wavy hair. So if you're looking to enhance your type 2A waves and make them curlier the natural way, we've got you covered! Discover the ways and products that can help you achieve more bouncy curls.


When applying products, start at the ends of your wavy hair and work your way up. This way, you use more product at the bottom than at the top, and you get the best out of your wavy curls. So when you get out of the shower make sure your hair is still wet. Separate your wet hair in two parts and add a little bit of the Curl Styling Milk. Comb it through so the milk is evenly divided on your wavy hair.


Now it's time to get to work! Separate your hair in multiple small sections. Take our Curly Defining Gel, use a generous amount and divide it on your wavy hair. Use the finger coil technique on all your hair strands. When you're finished, scrunch out the excess water with our Curly Hair Towel that will give you loose curls.

Like we said before, we recommend air-drying your hair, but if you don't have the time use your blow-dryer with the diffuser. Cup your curls in the diffuser and bring the diffuser towards your head. This will enhance your curl pattern. Make sure you put it on the lowest level and carefully use it on your wavy hair. As a result you'll have wavier hair.

Hairstyles for 2A hair.

Type 2A hair has endless styling possibilities. Whether you're into beachy vibes, playful braids, or sophisticated updos. So here are our top 3, 2a hair styles

Shoulder length

Shoulder-length cuts are the best for a great 2A hairstyle. They help add some body to your flatter strands, while also boosting your soft wavy pattern.

The side part

Because this hair type tends to fall flat, give them a boost with a side part. Your 2a hair will look more voluminous and is such an easy way to wear your wavy hair.

Beachy waves

Add some dimension and texture to your strands by going for beach waves. All you need is a curling iron, to define those waves even more. It really helps that your strands are naturally wavy

Embrace your waves!

So there you have it, the ultimate guide on type 2A hair! Whether you're rocking your natural waves or experimenting with new styles, 2A hair is all about that breezy, beautiful look. It's time to embrace those fantastic 2A strands with a lot of confidence and style!

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