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2A Hair: A Complete Guide on How to Style Your Tresses

I understand how overwhelming it can be to get the right products to care for your hair. But if you have very loose and wavy hair, you just might have type 2A hair. 

Side profile of a gorgeous lady rocking the 2A   hair type

Every person’s hair is unique and understanding its texture is important for proper care and styling. While type 2A may not be as tightly coiled as curls or sleek as straight hair, it has its own charm. And in this post, you will learn how to care for it and get tips to make the most of your natural waves. 

How to Know If You Have 2A Hair

Full view of a lady rocking her gorgeous  2A hair type

Going by Andre Walker’s hair typing system, type 2 hair represents wavy hair. Within the wavy category, Type 2A is the loosest of them. It has loose and lax S-shaped waves and can sometimes be hard to determine if not styled properly. 

These waves are not as prominent or well-defined as those found in type 2B or 2C hair, but they still add volume to your overall appearance.

Full view of a blondie rocking the 2A hair type

At the root, this curly type may be straight, but toward the ends of the hair, there’s a slight bend that creates the wave. And while this hair type tends to be thin and fine, it isn’t always the case. It can be coarse and thick too. 

What’s the Difference Between 1C and 2A Hair?

difference between 1C and 2A hair?

The similarities shared by the IC and type 2A hair can be confusing if you don’t know your hair type. Although the 1C hair is straight, it does have a slight wave pattern underneath. 

The main difference between these two hair types is that the 1C hair tends to be coarse and thick, whereas 2A is more finer and flat.

In addition, 1C hair is more voluminous than the 2A. But if you have more waves, you’re under the 2A category.

How to Care for Your 2A Hair

Full view of a lady showing off brunette hair

To keep your 2A hair healthy and vibrant, follow a proper haircare routine using these tips:

Side view of a lady rocking honey blonde locks

Shampoo and Condition Your Hair  

Use a mild shampoo and conditioner formulated for wavy hair to avoid weighing down the waves. Try not to over-cleanse your hair as this can strip away natural oils and lead to dryness. Instead, opt for washing your hair every two to three days. 

Avoid Heavy Products

While this hair type does have some texture, it tends to be finer. So it’s best to avoid heavy styling products that can weigh down the waves.  As Kelly Harrison, hairdresser and US brand manager for BIOTOP Professional,  says:

 “Using too much product or product that is too heavy can cause unwanted weight, leaving your locks looking dirty and flat instead of bouncy and fun”

Moisturize Your Tresses

2A hair tends to be more prone to dryness, so keeping it moisturized should become part of your daily haircare routine. Apply a lightweight, hydrating leave-in conditioner or hair oil to retain moisture and combat frizz. 

Always Detangle Your Hair

Detangling your hair helps minimize breakage and preserves the natural wave pattern of this hair type. Go for a wide-toothed comb or run your fingers through your tresses, when it’s wet. Gently start from the tip and work your way up. 

Limit Your Use of Heat Styling Tools 

If the texture is what you’re aiming for, skip heat-styling tools unless it’s necessary. Flat irons or curling wands can damage your hair and disrupt its natural wave pattern. If you can, style your hair naturally and use those tools sparingly.

Full view of brunette rocking her gorgeous  2A hair type

Air Drying or Air Diffusing is Needed

Embrace your natural waves by air-drying your hair as much as possible. If you’re in a rush or prefer more defined waves, use a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer to enhance the hair volume.

How to Style this Hair Type

Beautiful red head shows of her stunning 2A look

Styling your strands doesn’t require much effort. Here are some inspos to try as a 2A lady:

Shoulder-Length Haircut

Full view of Gisele Bundchen rocking a short hair

This coiffure is the foundation of any gorgeous 2A hairstyle. It adds some body to your otherwise flat strands, while also highlighting your soft wavy pattern.

Soft Glam Waves

This beautiful soft glam waves is gorgeous for any type especially 2A

One good thing about this hair type is that you can give your already soft waves that old Hollywood feel. Out of any hair type, the 2A is by far the best when it comes to getting this look. You see how stunning it looks on Gisele Bundchen in the photo above? That’s how gorgeous you’ll look on this hairdo too.

Beach Waves

Sofia Richie shows off her beach waves look and this is perfect for an 2A head

Get the beach-inspired look by spritzing salt spray onto damp hair, scrunching it gently, and allowing it to air dry. This creates effortless, tousled waves that exude a carefree vibe


Full view of lady rocking the bohemian braids

Incorporate braids into your styling routine to enhance the texture and beauty of your hair. Try the stitch braids or even box braids for the unique boho-chic look

Deep Side Part

Side view of lady showing off her deep side part for hairdo

Anyone can look good with a deep side part. Now if you have this hair type, you’ll look even more gorgeous. Since your strands tend to fall flat, the side part gives them some added oomph. Beautify your 2A tresses with this beautiful style.

Twisted Updo

gorgeous lady shows off her messy ponytail

Gather your hair into a high ponytail and twist it into a loose, messy bun or chignon. This effortless updo showcases your waves while keeping your hair off your face. 

Get the Most Out of Your 2A Hair

Gorgeous lady shows  of her beautiful 2A hair type

2A hair may not be the most talked-about hair type, but it doesn’t mean you can’t get a little help to keep your mane looking its best. By following a suitable haircare routine and the tips in this guide, you’ll maintain the health and vitality of your 2A hair.

Remember, the key to loving your hair type lies in understanding its unique qualities and working with them rather than against them.

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