Type 2B Hair: Everything you need to know

Type 2B Hair: Everything you need to know

If you're blessed with beautiful natural wavy hair, that falls somewhere between straight and curly. You have wavy strands that create a gorgeous natural texture that many envy. Then you probably have type 2B hair. But to keep those gorgeous waves looking their best, it's essential to understand your hair type and how to care for it properly. 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 2B hair?

Type 2B hair falls into the "wavy hair" category. 2B hair has a defined wave pattern with S shaped waves. It starts with flat roots and gets wavier towards the end. Type 2B hair is usually not too thick and has defined waves. It's often referred to as beach waves, but when it's humid, it might get a bit frizzy. This natural wave pattern creates a beautiful texture that can be improved with the right techniques but also easily transform into silky straight hair.

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Differences between 2B hair and other hair types

Understanding your hair type is essential because different hair types require different care routines. Type 2B hair is unique in its combination of straighter roots and wavy ends, making it distinct from stick-straight hair types and other wavy or curly hair types. This hair type falls in the middle of the spectrum, offering the best of both worlds. The biggest differences between 2B hair and 2C hair is that type 2C on the other hand, has a more pronounced wavy pattern with more defined, distinct S shapes waves. These waves start closer to the roots and are tighter, which makes them a little bit closer to type 3 curls. The hair texture of 2C is thicker than 2B, making it often more voluminous.

How to take care of type 2B hair


As your natural hair type is prone to get greasier a little easier and to build up, you need a shampoo that gets rid of all the build up and dirt. This is a good reason to shampoo your hair at least once a week. That's why you need to begin your wavy hair routine with the right shampoo. The Clarifying Shampoo is an excellent choice, as it's a sulfate free shampoo, which helps maintain the natural oils in your hair. Overuse of harsh sulfates can lead to dryness and frizz in wavy hair. Make sure to focus on your scalp when washing your hair. Do not pile your waves on top of your head as this will only create more tangles. Afterwards make sure you rinse everything out of your hair strands.

Lightweight conditioner

Using a light weight conditioner is crucial for type 2B hair. The Conditioner Light provides the moisture your hair needs without weighing it down, leaving you with beautiful frizz free waves. Make sure you apply a generous amount of conditioner on wet hair. To create more volume don't apply the conditioner directly at your roots but a little lower. If your hair is colour-treated or has very dry natural waves and you need a little extra moisture we suggest hydrating your hair with our Curl Comeback Mask.. This hydrating hair treatment for curly hair is infused with a powerful combination of coconut water, lychee and honey.

Nurturing with styling products

After washing, gently rinse your hair. Now add some conditioner to detangle your hair with a comb or your hands. This helps avoid hair breakage, a common issue for wavy strands. Towel-dry your hair with our microfiber towel to eliminate frizz, and apply a small amount of leave-in conditioner to boost the moisture.

Styling gorgeous natural waves to make them curlier

To enhance your natural wave pattern, we love to introduce you to our styling milk. It's a frizz free styling cream that helps to lock in moisture. Split your hair in two sections and distribute a small amount evenly over your hair using a brush or comb. After the product is evenly divided use our Curly girl styling gel. Take twice the amount of gel and spread it over your damp hair. Consider the finger coil method or scrunch your waves. Let your hair air-dry or use a diffuser.

The diffuser helps distribute heat evenly, creating loose curl definition while preserving your natural waves. Swing your hair upside down to create more volume. TADA! The best out of your wavy hair using a minimal amount of heat.

Extra tips

As a wavy girl we want to provide you with all the tips possible to make sure you have healthy hair. We already told you about the microfiber towel, but have you heard about the curly girl sleeping cap yet? Use a sleeping cap at night, to make sure your hair doesn't rub and tangle in your sleep. Use a mist spray bottle to help you to refresh your hair the next day. This way you don't need to go through the whole routine every day.

Hairstyles for 2B hair

Type 2B hair offers flexibility when it comes to hairstyles. You can try out various looks from wavy to straight. Experiment to shape waves with round layers to encourage stronger waves or your 2B hair allows you to play with versatility.

  1. Classic half up half down: This style involves pulling the top half of your hair back and securing it with a clip or hair tie, while letting the rest cascade down your back. It’s great for showing off the wave pattern and keeping hair out of your face.

  2. Twisted half updo: Add a twist to the half up half down style by taking two sections from the front of your hair, twisting them, and then securing them at the back. This can add an elegant touch to the casual wave.

  3. Braided crown: For a bohemian look, braid a section of hair from each side of your head and then pin them up at the back to create a crown effect. This works well with the natural waves of 2B hair, adding texture and interest.

  4. Messy bun with loose strands: Perfect for a relaxed day, pull half your hair up into a messy bun at the crown of your head and let a few strands loosely frame your face. This hairstyle embraces the natural body of 2B waves.

  5. Half Ponytail with accessories: Elevate the simple half ponytail by using decorative hair ties or clips. Pulling the top half of your hair back into a ponytail allows for a playful yet tidy appearance that showcases the waves of your hair.

Embrace your waves

For a great curly girl method routine, remember to minimise heat styling, as excessive heat can lead to dryness and damage. Encourage natural hair texture by avoiding heat styling whenever possible. By following these hair care tips and using the right products from the Curly Girl Movement, you can achieve beautiful luscious waves and eliminate frizz, all while embracing your stunning type 2B hair. So, embrace your waves and let your hair bounce naturally in all its glory!

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