Curly hair has strands that are coiled and kinked and are parallel to the scalp.
While wavy hair is a form of straight hair, the strands are S-shaped and curly hair with tight S-shaped strands that are not kinked.
But it’s not that simple. So, let’s take a brief look at the significant differences between them and how to take care of and style them.
Structure of Curly Hair
Tight curls, twists, and kinks characterize curly hair. They grow parallel to the scalp.
The curliness of the hair depends on the follicle. The follicle is the structure that forms the hair.
So how does the hair get curly?
Curly hair has an oval-shaped follicle. This oval-shaped follicle has a twist at the bottom.
The twisting makes the hair grow around the twist and gets coated by the protein called Keratin (which the hair is composed of), and the hair gets its curly texture.
Structure of Wavy Hair
The structure of wavy hair has a lot of similar qualities to straight hair, but in the case of wavy hair, it has a loose S-shape.
Also, if the wavy hair has similar qualities to curly hair, it has a tight S-shape.
So now we can say that wavy hair has a similar texture between straight and curly hair, which is why wavy hair is more likely to become fizzy.
Since wavy hair doesn’t have tight twists and curls like curly hair, Keratin does not coat the hair follicle as curly hair.
Also, the follicular structure is neither round (straight hair) nor oval (curly hair). It’s in the middle in a hybrid form.
Origin of Curly Hair
The origin of curly hair is Africa. It is the natural hair of African people.
Now the question is why?
The answer is due to genetics, evolution, and the environment. Research suggests that African people inherit curly hair due to evolution as Africa lies in the tropical region, which means it is bounded on the north by the Tropic of Cancer.
Then in the south, it is bounded by the Tropic of Capricorn, and it gets direct sunlight most of the year.
So people in Africa developed curly, highly dense afro hair texture to protect their scalp from the sun’s UV rays and allow airflow with the scalp to regulate the body’s temperature.
Origin of Wavy hair
Unlike the origin of curly hair, the origin of wavy hair is more complicated.
Naturally, people get wavy hair if they inherit both straight and curly hair genes from their parents. Some of these combine at birth and become curly.
Also, sometimes they are born with straight hair due to the effects of hormones, aging, or other factors, including medication, nutrition, stress, illness, or pollution; the hair turns wavy.
Wavy hair is found chiefly on Asian and Caucasian hairs after they become wavy at birth or later for the reasons mentioned above.
Hair Care for Curly Hair
Before the 19th century, the Diasporic Africans in the Americas used anything they could find to take care of their hair.
Women used lard, butter, and goose grease to moisture their hair, and they also used a butter knife to heat it to maintain the curl of their hair.
Now it has changed; many options are scientifically safe and proven to take care of curly hair.
There are some things to consider for curly haircare; such as-
- Choose the right shampoo for your hair that should be free of any toxic chemicals that might damage your hair.
- Never Brush your Curly Hair right after the shower. Since your hair is wet and soft, you might damage those curls.
- Never use high heat since it might relax your curls. Use moderate heating.
- Don’t use warm water to wash your hair using cold water.
- Apply natural products like eggs, vinegar, mayonnaise, and avocados.
- Use oils in your hair like castor oil, olive oil, and non-greasy coconut oil.
Hair Care for Wavy Hair
In the early days, people in Southeast Asia, especially women, used to take care of their wavy hair by applying coconut oil and mustard oil and washing their hair with animal fats and grease.
Nowadays, there are a lot of hair products for wavy hair that you can find online.
The things to consider to take good care of your wavy hair are-
- Keep your hair moisturized. Moisturizing your hair is the key and using conditioners.
- Keep your hair medium/short and clean. Long wavy hair tends to get greasy and dirty.
- Instead of brushing, comb your hair with your fingers gently.
- Air-dry your hair to keep your curls instead of heat-drying.
- Use oils like coconut oil and olive oil.
- Make sure you get proper nutrition, including Vit A, Vit D, Vit C, and biotin.
Style to Uplift Your Confident
Whether it is wavy or curly, whatever it is, it’s all about feeling confident at what style of hair you are rocking.
Style your hair so that when you look in the mirror, it uplifts your confidence, and it should be to impress other people.