Change your curly hair expectations. The tighter the curl, we describe hair as big not long… TBH if you can, fight society’s unrealistic expectations on curly textures.

Relax and know your curl

So guess what, you can have many curl textures on your head (FYI…this is normal), a curl typing system was created by Andre Walker aka Oprah’s hair go to and tweaked within the curl community to help you with identifying textures and best curl maintenance.

Have a look at the images below which show the Type 3 Curl type (aka curly hair textures), with 3 sub-categories A, B and C.

We encourage you to know and relish in the greatness that is your wave texture. Believe us when we say, DON’T stress over your curl type. Curly hair maintenance is easier than you think, have possibly thought or than society has conditioned us curlies to think.

Using our trusted ranges of hydrating products from Embrace For Every Curl, TGIN and Jane Carter Solutions, we will help you and your locks thrive without a shadow of doubt. Our curl experts are here for you every step of the way. We will help you create a curl maintenance routine personal to you.

If you are too far from our Sydney flagship salon, THINK HYDRATION, HYDRATION, HYDRATION and you will not go wrong until your next curl specialist visit.

So what curly hair type are you?

Let’s keep it simple. Look for an image that closely resembles the majority of your curl texture and once you do, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate (Can’t say this enough). Tweak as needed then for all the other questions, our curl experts will be more than happy to help.

NB: If you didn’t find an accurate image on this page, explore WAVY or the AFRO textures. Happy curl hunting!

Curly hairstyles


Curls are large and loose, about the size of two average adult fingers put together

Curls tend to be shiny and smooth

Can fairly easily alternate between straight and curly styling

Use light products that will give flexible hold


Curls are springy, ringlets thickness similar to a sharpie marker

Curls are often coarse and dense

Texture becomes challenging to straighten

Curls will thrive with hydrating gels creams and styling milks


Curls are tight corkscrews that range in circumference from a straw to a pencil

Strands are coarse and densely packed with natural volume

Avoid heat use when possible

Use protective styling to stretch or curl hair by way of braids, twist sets, perm, straw and flexi-rod sets

Deep condition once week1

Frizziness and shrinkage can be a concern


  • Defined lowercase “s” with the occasional uppercase “S” or even “z” shape curl
  • Curls can be voluminous with or without products
  • Strand diameter is generally thicker than looser curl textures
  • Prone to being dull and frizzy
  • Curls become increasingly challenging to straighten
  • Maintenance products on top of hydrating must give shine
  • When dry or damaged, curly hair locks can fall flat

General rules

  • Use pH balanced moisturising products, creams. gels and mousses
  • May need curl refresher sprays or water to redefine curls as needed
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