Curly Hair Types & How to Manage Them!

At Lookin’ Good Salon, it is a necessity that every client is educated on their type of curls and how to take care depending on type. Each curl pattern has a specific, best way to handle it so that the curls are bouncy and shiny.

Learn about them here! What’s your hair type?

Type 2 waves are bendable, can be fine to coarse, and have a definitive S pattern that lays closer to the head.

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Those with hair type 2A have a fine, barely-there tousled texture that’s very easy to straighten. People with this texture have to be wary of using heavy styling products that can easily weigh their strands down, rendering them limp and lifeless. 

2B hair lies flatter at the crown with defined S-shaped waves starting from the midlength. Strands are thicker in diameter than a 2A, and you’ll have to put a bit more elbow grease into getting it straight. To enhance your natural surfer-babe waves, use a sea-salt hair spray enriched with natural sea salt and aloe for sexy texture that’s never crunchy or stiff.

2C waves are thick and more susceptible to frizzing. The S-bends are well-defined and begin at the roots. Lorde is the perfect example of this hair type. In between shampoos, use a non-lathering, sulfate-free cowash so as not to strip essential moisture from strands. Also, consider using a leave-in conditioner and anti-frizz serums to combat course frizziness.

Type 3 curly hair can range from loose, buoyant loops to tight, springy corkscrews which have some sheen but are prone to frizz.

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3A strands tend to be shiny with large, loose curls that are about the size of a piece of sidewalk chalk. Scrunch curl cream into your dry hair to help emphasize the curl texture. But keep your hands (or brush or comb, for that matter) from touching your curls afterward, or you run the risk of having a halo full of frizz.

Hair type 3Bs have springy ringlets with a circumference similar to a Sharpie marker. This hair texture can get dry, so look for styling gels that have humectants in them to attract moisture to strands.

3C curls are tight corkscrews that range in circumference from a straw to a pencil, like you see her on Yara Shahidi. Strands are densely packed together, giving way to lots of natural volume. Frizziness can be an issue with this type, so use a sulfate-free, creamy cleanser

Type 4, coily hair, commonly referred to as Afro-textured or kinky hair, is naturally very dry and spongy in texture and can be soft and fine or coarse and wiry. Strands form very tight, small curls of zig-zags right from the scalp and are prone to major shrinkage.

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People with hair type 4A have dense springy, S-patterned coils that are the circumference of a crochet needle. If you’re a fan of wash-and-gos, styling should be done more frequently to keep this coily texture popping with soft, pliable strands. A curling cream with a leave-in moisturizer is a must for adding more moisture to daily wash-and-go styling.

4B strands are densely packed and can bend in sharp angles like the letter Z.styling creams, like the Crème of Nature Coconut Milk Curl Hydrating Curling Cream, for this hair type because they are thicker and are great for palm-rolling or shingling, two types of product distribution methods that stretch out coils and clump them for greater texture definition and elongation.

4C textures are similar to 4B textures, but the tightly coiled strands are more fragile and have a very tight zig-zag pattern that is sometimes indiscernible to the eye. This hair type experiences the greatest amount of shrinkage — about 75 percent or more — than the other textures.Since shrinkage and dryness are major concerns for these tightly-coiled folks, use a liberal amount of leave-in moisturizer, such as the SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil & Cocoa Butter Curl Stretch Pudding to max the length of those strands. Castor oil is also a great hydrator and sealant for this very dry texture. Try the SheaMoisture 100% Pure Jamaican Black Castor Oil.

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Beauty Gurus in The Youtube Industry

Michelle Phan

Michelle Phan, Youtuber

Michelle Phan is an American makeup artist, entrepreneur, and voice actress. She is the founder and owner of the cosmetics line EM Cosmetics. Her company, Ipsy, which mails beauty products to subscribers, has been valued at $500 million by Forbes, and she is a partner in the lifestyle network Icon. She has partnered with Lancôme and L’Oréal in her videos as well. Michelle’s Youtube channel is filled with simple to follow and impressive makeup tutorials for every occasion.

Nikki Tutorials

Nikkie, Youtube

Nikkie De Jager, also known as Nikkie Tutorials, creates makeup tutorial videos on Youtube. She is known for testing out all types of makeup products on her face, from kids’ makeup to the most expensive brands. She has many daring makeup videos such as a full face of makeup made with only highlighters.

James Charles

James Charles, Youtuber

James Charles is a 19 year old American Youtuber who makes stunning makeup transformation videos. He is also the first male “Cover-girl”. He has also worked with Katy Perry on several occasions.

Brad Mondo

Brad Mondo

Brad Mondo is a beauty youtuber focused on hair. Mondo reacts to crazy hair videos from hair transformations to watching America’s Next Top Model episodes. He is replete with great hair advice such as how to bleach your hair at home and what brushes to use on your hair depending on the type of follicles you have. Mondo is a great resource for entertainment and hair education.

Liah Yoo

Liah Yoo, Youtuber

Liah Yoo is a skincare and haircare beauty youtuber with 1.3 million subscribers. She mainly posts videos about skincare and lifestyle routine. Yoo gives great advice on how to improve your skin’s condition and young appearance.

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Our Warm Coconut Oil Hair Treatment comes with a head massage with aromatherapy, shampoo & styling included.

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Hair Masks for Damaged Hair: Everything You Need to Know & Recipes!

Uh oh. You look in the mirror one morning and those pesky split ends are staring you in the eye. The frizz is giving you a mean glance. The dull and brassy locks are ready to fight. And so are you.

Ding ding! Hair masks walk into the ringer! A sharp uppercut, the body slam! It’s a K.O. for damaged hair. Hair masks emerge victorious, once again.

Jokes aside, hair masks are really are the winners when it comes to damaged hair. Of course, you could just chop it all off and start fresh, growing your hair out once again and that’s a great option. But if you still want that length of yours but no damaged ends and dull hair, deep conditioning, strengthening hair masks are the solution.

The key components of fighting damaged hair are: deep conditioning and shine. Our all-time favorite hair mask is coconut oil. You have probably heard something about coconut oil at some point, for good reason. Coconut oil helps to clear the scalp of any unwanted particles clogging pores, it restores vitality and shine to hair follicles and soothes split ends. You can combine 2 tbsp of coconut oil with 2 tbsp of castor oil and heat in a microwave for around 20 seconds, just till it’s warm. Then apply to roots and massage into scalp and add more to the ends where hair damage is visible. Comb it through, remove the tangles. Leave this in your hair for at least 2 hours, best results after leaving it in overnight.

Another favorite is 4 tbsp melted coconut oil, a half mashed banana, an egg, and a couple squeezes of honey into your scalp for an hour or two before you wash your hair. This will leave your hair feeling thicker and less frizzy at the same time.

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The Most Popular Trend: Reverse Balayage

Reverse Balayage with deep tones and highlights

Balayage is a way to add highlights by directly painting on your hair, and it gives a natural, effortless look. While balayage is all about subtly brightening up hair, reverse balayage adds darkness and dimension back to light hair.

“Reverse balayage adds depth back at the root,” says Meena Shah, our master stylist. “It lowers the contrast between highlights and root color, and pops the rest of the highlights. It’s great for blondes who want to go a bit darker without a lot of commitment.” So instead of the typical subtle ombré where a stylist will lighten up your ends, they’re working backward by adding in the deeper tones to get the same effect. 

Reverse balayage simulates natural hair growth progression, which is the reason it is so popular. There isn’t a soul who doesn’t want that easy-breezy “I woke up like this” look. It works and it’s gorgeous. Going back in the hair and adding low lights and darker tones to make the highlights pop is what balayage is all about.

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How to Get a Modern Perm You Won’t Hate!

What is a Perm? A perm is a chemical process that changes the chemical structure of your hair follicles and texture. This means that the hair follicles can go from straight to curly or vice versa. You can even perm your lashes to be curlier! There are several types of perms: Japanese straight perms, classic perm, digital perms…

In modern perms, the curls are made using one size of rod. This approach is outdated because, as we all know, everyone has different hair. Perms should be customizable depending on YOUR hair type and preference. A lot of women are also getting perms to help enhance their natural texture, giving their waves or curls more structure and life.

Be specific about the type of curl that you want and make sure that your stylist is using the perfectly sized rod for that. If you want beach waves, then your stylist should use rollers for thick, bouncy curls.

Given your hair length and density, give yourself at least 2 and 1/2 hours for the length of your appointment!

Perms in short hair can last 3 to 4 months, whereas perms in long hair can last 6 to 8 months. When your natural roots and texture start growing in this pushes the perm to the ends, this typically works great for long hair as women will then have waves throughout the mid-shaft and ends—a styled look. For short hair, texture may look uneven, weighing on how often you want to get a touch-up.

Make sure to use deep conditioning treatments and regular coconut oil masks to replace the moisture loss from the chemicals of the perming process. In addition, don’t use heat on your hair frequently as the hair follicles can be a little delicate after the intensity of the perming process.

If your hair is already delicate due to damage or if your hair is color treated already, consider passing on the perm for now. If you get a perm with fragile follicles, the curls may not hold well and your hair will look frizzy and damaged. If you frequently use your curling iron, do consider getting a perm! Ready to try a perm this year?

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Top 10 Beauty Trends that are Going to be Viral in 2021!

Forget about 2020 and embrace 2021! This is the year to be your best self and move forward. Here are some beauty trends to give you a boost this year.


Clear, dewy skin and minimal makeup

Skinimalism is all about natural and fresh makeup that glows, absolutely no dry make-up cakey-ness. This year, women everywhere are moving towards more natural skincare products that promote skin health and reducing wrinkles, rather than covering them up. Your skincare routine should include products with retinols, hyaluronic acids, glycolic acids, and vitamins. Skin masks are a must!

Upwards Eyebrows

soft, upwards curved eyebrows

Riding the natural makeup trend wave, thicker and more natural eyebrows are in style. Apply some eyebrow gel onto your brows and comb them upwards with a small mascara wand. Minimal tinting product required. So gorgeous.

Colorful Liner

white eyeliner on Kristen Stewart

Colorful eyeliners are the new beauty trend right now, you’ll see it all over Pinterest. A fresh pop of color to brighten your day may be the mood for 2021.

Maskne Products

silk mulberry masks

Maskne is an umbrella term for all acne and skin irritation developed by wearing a mask often. In most cases, maskne is a result of clogged pores. You already have oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells on your skin. But when you wear a mask, these substances can build up more and block your pores. To prevent maskne, wash your face with a gentle cleanser in the morning and in the night and after you wear your mask. Use cortisone cream and moisturizers with ceramides. If maskne is severe enough, use a salicylic acid cleanser. Finally, invest in a silk mask because silk is very smooth and does not irritate the skin and its hydrophobic nature makes it an ideal substitute for a surgical mask.

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Turn 2021 into the Best Year Ever with Hair Extensions!

Why hair extensions?

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Have you ever wondered about why your hair just won’t grow past a certain length? And if it does grow longer, the ends look frail and thinned out. Plus, even after some tender love and care to your follicles — eating right, exercising, supplements — because of our genetics, hair can’t be made much denser than what you’re born with. In comes hair extensions!

The long hair you’ve been dreaming of can be achieved within a matter of minutes! Clip-in hair extensions will not hinder hair growth so it’s the best alternative to rocking longer locks while waiting for your real hair to grow out. Extensions are great for a color change as well since there are extensions with highlights already in them.

Layering extensions underneath hair in multiple places on your head will give you guaranteed volume. There are various types and weights of extensions depending on your existing hair density. All it takes is a little bit of research! One company that has been dominating the hair extension market is Luxy Hair. Although their extension products can be pricy, their quality is top-notch. At Lookin’ Good Salon, we can teach you how to use your hair extensions and care for them in the best ways! Give us a call or book an appointment!

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