Wavy and curly hair seem to be distant cousins. With so many overlapping similarities, it's only natural to assume that they belong in the same hair category. Is that really the case or the reality is far from it? Only one way to find out!

In This Article:

Is Wavy Hair Curly?

What Is The Difference Between Curly And Wavy Hair?

Is Wavy Hair Curly?

Let's address this million-dollar question first: Is wavy hair just a milder version of curly hair or are they completely distinct? Short answer, they are completely, totally distinct. Curly hair is the extroverted sibling who loves to flaunt its spirals, while wavy hair is the laid-back cousin who prefers a gentler, more relaxed vibe. It falls somewhere between straight and curly, embodying a mix of both worlds. 

What Is The Difference Between Curly And Wavy Hair? 

The pivotal difference between the two, is that curly hair forms a full 360-degree spiral, almost forming a circle when twisted. On the other hand, wavy hair makes more of an ‘S’ shape, forming very loose curls. One of the simplest ways to know whether you have wavy or curly hair, is by wrapping a small section of your hair on your finger. If it hugs your finger, forming a spiral, then you have curly hair. If it remains relatively straight, then it's on the wavy side. 

Types Of Wavy And Curly Hair

Curls and waves have categories. Each of them are demarcated based on their peculiar shapes and characteristics. Basis which, you’ll know exactly where your hair belongs - team wavy or team curly.  

1.  Types Of Wavy Hair

  • Type 2A: Also popularly called beachy waves, this hair type has an ‘S’ shape towards the end of the hair. They might appear straight from root to mid-length. 
  • Type 2B: A tiny step ahead of the previous category, this hair type has mild waves from mid-lengths to the end. 
  • Type 2C: This is a borderline curly hair category. The ‘S’ shaped bend is thick and the waves start from the root itself. This hair type is the cool cat that is chilling in the middle of both the hair spectrums. 

2. Types Of Curly Hair

  • Type 3A: Loose, wide, lightly coiled curls. They are more stretched out as compared to other types. They still have more definition as compared to type 2C hair. 
  • Type 3B: These curls are tighter and more defined. The hair might be prone to dryness and frizz and they have a good bounce. 
  • Type 3C: They are tight and densely packed curls. They have a lot of volume and are quite dry. They are tight coils that are quite springy in texture.

Wavy And Curly Hair Care Routine 

Even though we’ve now established the fact that both these hair types are not two peas in a pod, there’s one thing that remains common - hydration. Wavy and curly hair need water, because both of them lean towards the drier side. Your curly hair products should be nothing short of hydrating heroes that quench your tresses with ample nourishment and care, to keep them bouncy and frizz-free!  

1. Sulfate-Free Shampoo 

A shampoo’s job is to cleanse your scalp or any debris, grease or dirt. But, in the process, it can also steal your hair’s moisture. But that’s not the case with our Rice Water & Angelica Seed Oil Silicone Free Shampoo For Curly & Wavy Hair since it is free from paraben, sulfate, petroleum derivatives and mineral oil. Packed with the goodness of curly-friendly ingredients like fermented Rice Water and Angelica Seed Oil, this shampoo treats your curls and waves with much-needed hydration and care. 

2. Sulfate-Free Conditioner 

Formulated with 100% organic Coconut Oil and fermented Rice Water, our Rice Water & Angelica Seed Oil Silicone Free Conditioner For Curly & Wavy Hair adds the perfect amount of moisture and protein to your hair strands, for those juicy, defined waves and curls. Plus, it leaves your hair smelling like a garden of flowers, thanks to the Angelica essence that is ethically sourced straight from the French countryside. 

3. Leave-In Conditioner

Curly hair needs a little something, that can help style and add definition to those ringlets. Which is why our Rice Water & Angelica Seed Oil Silicone Free Leave-In Conditioner is a must-have. It offers continued hydration post-wash to keep your hair frizz-free, shiny and defined. You can either use your fingers or a detangling brush to evenly distribute the product and scrunch upwards. Allow your hair to air-dry and there you go…hello, gorgeous hair! 

4. Weekly Masking 

Wavy and curly hair drink up water like a sponge. The more hydrated they are, the less they are prone to breakage, split ends and damage. This is why once every 15 days, swap the conditioner with our Rice Water & Angelica Seed Oil Curl Care Hair Mask. It offers some serious hydration to control frizz for up to 48 hours! Packed with fermented Rice Water protein, it enhances and defines your natural curl texture. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:1 Can curly or wavy hair types change over time?

A. Yes, it is possible. With time, weather conditions or age, your curl pattern or shape can change or sometimes loosen up. 

Q:2 How can I reduce frizz in my curly or wavy hair?

A. You must incorporate hair care products that are made especially for curly and wavy hair and contain hydrating ingredients. This will help tame frizz and reduce dryness. 


Written by Rhea Shah on Apr 03, 2024