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2B Hair Guide

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There’s a way to get your wavy hair looking incredible that doesn’t involve torturing it with heat and chemicals. It’s about deeply understanding your specific hair type and then giving it what it needs to bring out its best. 

If you have a head of moderately defined waves that start midway through your hair shaft (with straight roots), you likely have what’s known as type 2B hair.

This hair type is relatively low-maintenance – provided you show it some love. You’ll get your 2B waves bouncier than ever with the proper haircare, products, and styling tips. 

We’ve compiled the ultimate guide to help you get to know your 2B hair. It’s packed with must-know info about this hair type, the right products, care essentials, and styling inspiration.

What Is 2B Hair? 

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Next time you’re somewhere crowded, look at the hair around you. All the tresses are different, right? 

So, how is it possible to classify such diverse textures? It’s not. 

No system can classify the subtle differences that make everyone’s hair gorgeously unique. However, hair pro (and Oprah’s personal hairstylist for three decades) Andre Walker devised the Hair Typing System to help us understand our general hair type, look after it better, and find its product matches.

Walker’s system can’t pinpoint your exact hair type and needs. Still, it’s a starting point for creating a personalized haircare program. You can then tweak your program as you learn how your hair responds to different products and hair care routines.  

Differentiating Between Hair Types

According to Walker’s system, there are 4 hair types:

• Type 1: Straight

• Type 2: Wavy

• Type 3: Curly

• Type 4: Coily

But where does 2B hair come in? 

All four categories are broken down into subcategories for a more targeted understanding of the curly hair types. 2 B hair type is in the wavy group, along with 2A and 2C. `

The wavy hair types are similar. Here’s how you can tell them apart: 

Hair TypeStandout Characteristic
2ALoose “S” wave pattern
2BModerately defined “S” wave pattern 
2CWell-defined “S” wave pattern with spiral curls

All wavy hair types share an “S” wave pattern, but 2 b waves are more defined and have more volume than 2A, and they lack 2C’s excellent definition and few spiral curls. 

Here are more signs you have 2B hair:

• Fine to medium thickness.

• Straightish roots that lie flat against the head.

• A wave pattern that becomes stronger from mid-lengths toward ends.

The perks of 2B hair are that it can look fantastic with minimal styling if you keep it in good condition.

The downsides are that it tends to frizz, can become dry, might lack definition,1 is easily weighed down and might look flatter than you’d like because its straight roots lie against your head. 

How To Care For 2B Hair

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Here’s the best way to work with, not against, 2B natural curl pattern to maximize its desirable qualities:

Be Gentle With 2B Hair

You don’t need to scrub your hair to get it clean. Shampoo can do an adequate job on its own. Protect your hair while washing it by massaging your roots, then squeezing the lather through the rest of your hair.

No rubbing allowed! Plus, be extra gentle when you’re detangling. Always spritz on a detangling spray before working a wide-tooth comb through your hair. And start at your ends. 

Boost Your 2B Hair’s Beauty Sleep

Be kind to your 2B hair, especially if you have frizzy hair, overnight by sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase.

For extra pampering and get-up-and-go styling, tie a soft cotton T or microfiber towel around your damp hair while you sleep.

In the morning, untie the fabric, release your flyaway-free waves, and scrunch with a styling mousse for added flyaway control and shine. 

Get Your 2B Hair In Tip-Top Condition 

Damaged 2B hair is more likely to frizz. So, getting your mane healthy will go a long way toward making it manageable and naturally gorgeous. 

Add these healthy hair care tips to your lifestyle and watch your waves come to life:

• Avoid excessive exposure to harsh sunlight, aircon, and heating.

• Eat enough protein daily (hair is mainly protein).2

• Check that you’re not zinc deficient (too little of this mineral can make hair weak and brittle).3,4

• Eat more omega-3 fatty acids for a healthier scalp.

•Steer clear of shampoos containing anionic surfactants like ammonium lauryl sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate. These ingredients are efficient at removing oils and dirt but can also strip your hair of its natural moisture and exacerbate frizz due to their negatively charged hydrophilic polar groups.5 They may also be too harsh for sensitive skin. (check out my blog, “Sulfate vs Sulfate Free Shampoo: Is One Better Than The Other?” to learn about the alternatives).

• Wash your hair with water that is around 100°F, just slightly above normal body temperature, for optimal results. Avoid using cold water, as it can reduce hair volume by “closing” the cuticles and may not effectively remove excess oil. It’s also less effective at cleaning your scalp compared to warmer water.6

• Go for air-drying your hair over blow-drying.

• Avoid brushing your hair too much.

• Use a wide-tooth comb or detangling brush to detangle your hair.

• Practice relaxation techniques to manage stress.

How To Style 2B Hair

We mentioned the three main downsides of 2B hair earlier:

• #1: It frizzes easily.

• #2: It can become weighed down.

• #3: Its waves can lack definition.

These styling tricks and products tackle each concern for this type of hair:

Hair ConcernFix
Frizzing– Apply a leave-in conditioner.
– On days when nothing seems to tame your frizz, skip the shampoo and co-wash instead (wash your hair with only conditioner) or pamper your hair with a conditioning mask.
– Avoid heat styling your hair.
Weighed Down– Use a volumizing mousse to lift your roots and balance your hair volume from root to tip.
– Give your hair more time between washes by using dry shampoo on greasy roots.
– Apply only as much conditioning product as you need, and never put it on your roots. Start with a dab, then add more if needed.
Avoid heavy oils and creams.
– Use a clarifying shampoo weekly to remove product build-up before it can weigh down your hair.
Lacking Definition– Try finger curling to make your waves more defined (after applying a styling product, wrap small sections of hair around your fingers to form spirals).
– Use a sea salt spray for extra definition and volume.
– Scrunch a pump or 2 of styling foam through towel-dried hair and leave it to air-dry to enhance your waves.

Recap: The top 4 products every 2B hair girl must have in her collection: 

  • #1: A volumizing mousse to lift roots.
  • #2: Sea salt spray for just-back-from-the-beach waves.
  • #3: Styling foam for extra definition for the s-shaped waves.
  • #4: Scalp-friendly dry shampoo to refresh roots in between washes.

Porosity Levels

Image of hair cuticle showing low porosity, medium porosity, and high porosity.

Before we delve into the best products for 2B hair, it’s essential to understand the different porosity levels7 that can greatly influence how your hair interacts with these products.

Knowing your hair’s porosity level, whether it’s low, medium, or high, can help you choose products tailored to your specific needs. This knowledge will enable you to make the most of our recommendations for healthier and more robust 2B hair.

  • Low porosity hair has a tighter cuticle layer, which can make it resistant to absorbing moisture.
  • In contrast, high porosity hair often called “highly-porous,” is damaged hair with gaps and cracks along the hair shaft. Because of its lifted cuticle, it absorbs moisture quickly but struggles to retain it, resulting in common issues like dryness and frizz.
  • Medium porosity hair falls somewhere in between.

Understanding your hair’s porosity can guide you in selecting the right products and routines to address your unique hair care challenges and achieve optimal results.


2B Hair Product Recommendations

Let’s get into the best products that quickly become your best friend for bringing out your natural texture and managing your hair.

We have provided the ingredient lists for each product to facilitate your reference. Please note that these lists might not reflect the most recent updates, and we recommend checking the product bottle for the latest and accurate details. Additionally, ensure to confirm the product size, as variations may exist across different websites.

Shampoos

CURLSMITH – Core Strength Shampoo

This sulfate-free shampoo (which refers to preparation without the anionic surfactant)8 is the perfect option for people with wavy-curly hair seeking a gentle cleanser that won’t strip away their natural oils. Unlike co-washing, this dynamic shampoo will foam like a traditional one but contains much gentler ingredients that are suitable for frequent washes and are color-safe.

Plus, it includes proteins and fortifying actives to help strengthen your locks while also protecting them from breakage. So, if you have fine or greasy hair not ideal for co-washing—this shampoo’s here to give your curls exactly what they need!

Ingredients: WATER (AQUA), SODIUM METHYL COCOYL TAURATE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, DECYL GLUCOSIDE, PEG-120 METHYL GLUCOSE TRIOLEATE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, OPUNTIA TUNA (PRICKLY PEAR) FRUIT EXTRACT, CUCURBITA PEPO (PUMPKIN) SEED EXTRACT, PSIDIUM GUAJAVA (GUAVA) FRUIT EXTRACT, RIBES NIGRUM (BLACK CURRANT) FRUIT EXTRACT, BRASSICA OLERACEA ACEPHALA (KALE) LEAF EXTRACT, LENTINUS EDODES (SHIITAKE MUSHROOM) EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED HEMP SEED EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED RICE PROTEIN, HYDROXYPROPYLGLUCONAMIDE, HYDROXYPROPYLAMMONIUM GLUCONATE, GLYCERIN, PROPANEDIOL, GUAR HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, CITRIC ACID, TARTARIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), BENZYL ALCOHOL, LIMONENE, LINALOOL.


Bounce Curl Clarifying Shampoo

You need to get this shampoo for your wash day. Just trust me! It’s formulated with pomegranate, pumpkin enzymes, and a host of herbal extracts like rosemary, nobilis flower, black seed oil, and more. Pomegranate & Pumpkin Enzyme Gentle Clarifying shampoo is the perfect way to cleanse all hair types while infusing it with light moisture.

It provides a nice sudsing experience for your scalp’s revitalization. Pro-vitamin B5, also known as Pantothenic acid, helps remove dirt and grime and revitalizes individual hair shafts,8 adding volume and bounce to your locks.

Ingredients: Water, **Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, **Decyl Glucoside, **Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, **Glycerin **Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, **Propanediol, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Polyquaternium-10, **Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Biotin, **Vanillin, **Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Protein, *Nigella Sativa (Virgin Black Cumin) Oil, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Lactic Acid, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, **Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, **Boswellia Carterii Oil, **Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, **Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, **Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, **Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, **Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, **Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, **Geranium Maculatum Oil, **Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Oil, **Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, **Pogostemon Cablin Oil, **Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Seed Oil, ** Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Caprylyl Glycol.*Certified Organic **Plant Derived 100% Oil Scent (no synthetic fragrance).


Briogeo Destined For Density Caffeine + Biotin Peptide Density Shampoo

For those in search of a solution to thinning hair or trying to maintain fullness, this shampoo offers the perfect remedy.

This formula contains 93% naturally derived elements, including an innovative blend of copper peptides, zinc, biotin, and Vitamin E. A 2010 study9 has shown that tocotrienols, part of the Vitamin E family, significantly promote hair growth, affirming the science-backed efficacy of our ingredients.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate*, Lauramidopropyl Betaine*, Glycerin*, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine*, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil*, Copper Tripeptide-34, Panax Ginseng Root Extract*, Biotin, Coconut Acid*, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate*, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate*, Sodium Isethionate, Citric Acid*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Caffeine, Propanediol*, Lindera Strychnifolia Root Extract*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ubiquinone*, Glycine, Larix Europaea Wood Extract*, Sodium Metabisulfite, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Zinc Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Caprylhydroxamic Acid*, Benzyl Alcohol.


Conditioners

Curlsmith Multi-Tasking Conditioner

This Multi-Tasking Conditioner is both light and chock full of hydrating ingredients, so it can be used in a variety of ways – as a deep conditioner, leave-in conditioner, or rinse-out product. Furthermore, the formula contains proteins that will strengthen your mane and reduce breakage for optimal hair health.

Ingredients: WATER (AQUA), RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, ORBIGNYA SPECIOSA (BABASSU) KERNEL OIL, PANTHENOL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, ASTROCARYUM MURUMURU SEED BUTTER, CUCURBITA PEPO (PUMPKIN) SEED EXTRACT, OPUNTIA TUNA (PRICKLY PEAR) FRUIT EXTRACT, RIBES NIGRUM (BLACK CURRANT) FRUIT EXTRACT, PSIDIUM GUAJAVA (GUAVA) FRUIT EXTRACT, BRASSICA OLERACEA ACEPHALA (KALE) LEAF EXTRACT, LENTINUS EDODES (SHIITAKE MUSHROOM) EXTRACT, HYDROXYPROPYLGLUCONAMIDE, HYDROXYPROPYLAMMONIUM GLUCONATE, HYDROLYZED HEMP SEED EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED RICE PROTEIN, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, GLYCERIN, TOCOPHEROL, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, GUAR HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TARTARIC ACID, CITRIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, SODIUM BENZOATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), BENZYL ALCOHOL, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, GERANIOL, CITRONELLOL.


Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Conditioner 

If your hair is struggling with dryness or some damage, upon use, you’ll be able to experience a smooth feeling as your dry cuticles are conditioned resulting in reduced frizziness and breakage prevention. With each application of our reparative formula, strands will become fully restored for healthy-looking locks that shine.

Formulated with certified organic shea butter, ultra-moisturizing mango honey, and yogurt, this rinse-out conditioner is designed to detangle hair instantly while providing intensive moisture and reconstructive proteins.

Ingredients: Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance, Inulin (Chicory Root), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Root Extract, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Yogurt Powder, Honey, Trichilia Emetica (Mafura) Seed Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Yogurt Extract, Panthenol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Bisabolol, Sodium Hydroxide, Triethyl Citrate, Caprylyl Glycol, Benzoic Acid.


Bounce Curl Super Smooth Cream Conditioner

Pamper your hair with this lightweight and creamy conditioner enriched with nourishing organic aloe. This amazing product is infused with an oil and extract blend to provide balanced hydration without making it heavy or weighed down.

Ingredients: *Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, **Cetearyl Alcohol, **Hybrid Safflower Oil, **Glycerin, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, **Propanediol, Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Polyquternium-10, *Nigella Sativa (Virgin Black Cumin) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), **Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, **Vanillin, Lactic Acid, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, **Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, **Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, **Geranium Maculatum Oil, **Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, **Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, **Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, **Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, **Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, **Pogostemon Cablin Oil, **Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, **Caryocar Brasiliense (Pequi) Oil, **Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, **Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Oil, **Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, **Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Seed Oil, **Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, **Boswellia Carterii Oil, Caprylyl Glycol.


Leave-in Conditioners

Curlsmith – Weightless Air Dry Cream – Vegan Leave-In Conditioner

This is a versatile leave-in conditioner. Its lightweight silky texture works perfectly on finer hair while also providing enough nourishment for the coarser curl type.

Plus, it absorbs into your scalp without leaving any residues or product build-up – perfect for air drying and diffusing curls to create a voluminous style.

Enriched with castor oil, babassu, jojoba, and murumuru butter, this is the ideal daily treatment to keep your curls healthy and beautiful.

Ingredients: WATER (AQUA), RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, ORBIGNYA SPECIOSA (BABASSU) KERNEL OIL, BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, ASTROCARYUM MURUMURU SEED BUTTER, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, HYLOCEREUS UNDATUS (DRAGON FRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT, PAULLINIA CUPANA (GUARANA) SEED EXTRACT, URTICA DIOICA (NETTLE) LEAF EXTRACT, ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT EXTRACT, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, PANTHENOL, GUAR HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, TOCOPHEROL, DISODIUM EDTA, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, GLYCERIN, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), LINALOOL, LIMONENE, CITRONELLOL.


Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino and Avocado Leave-In Defining Creme

This leave-in is formulated to hydrate, define, and weatherproof your waves/curls for a flexible hold that still feels touchable.

Its rice amino acids will smooth out the cuticle of your hair to lock in moisture from humidity and keep frizz at bay. The ultra-hydrating avocado oil helps maintain moisture levels as well as boost elasticity, which protects against breakage or damage.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin*, Polyquaternium-37, Isopropyl Myristate*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract*, Hydrolyzed Quinoa*, Keratin Amino Acids*, Lactobacillus/Tomato Fruit Ferment Extract*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Sorbitol*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil*, Acyl Coenzyme A Desaturase*, Cetrimonium Chloride*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Polyquaternium-10, Rice Amino Acids*, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate*, Citric Acid*, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance (Parfum), Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol.* Coconut, vegetable, or plant-derived.


Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Leave-in Conditioner Spray

Shield your hair from environmental stressors and color fading with Kristin Ess’s proprietary Zip-Up Technology ™ Strengthening Complex! This complex is designed to “zip up” split ends, smooth out damaged cuticles, and target weak areas of the hair for a healthier-looking look.

This product contains silicone, and therefore if you are strictly following the Curly Girl Method, this is not suitable for your needs. However, Amodimethicone is a silicone derivative of dimethicone, used mainly in shampoos and hair care for its electrostatic properties.

The advantage of this silicone compared to dimethicone is that, although it is difficult to remove with a shampoo, it prevents other polymers of the same type from “re-depositing” on itself, so the accumulation with dimethicone, which makes hair heavy, no longer exists here.10

Ingredients: Water, C11-15 Pareth-12, Fragrance, Algin, Chitosan, Carrageenan, Coco-Glucoside, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Panthenol, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Sargassum Filipendula Extract, Hypnea Musciformis Extract, Gelidiella Acerosa Extract, Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract, Cetearamidoethyldiethonium Succinoyl Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Amodimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Trideceth-12, Quaternium-80, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol.


Deep Conditioners

Alikay Naturals Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner 

If you’re looking for a deep conditioner that will provide your hair with superior moisture, then this is the product for you.

Utilizing honey to draw moisture from the air and lock it into each strand plus an infusion of Babassu, Sage, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil creates an effective treatment solution for dry or damaged locks.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera Juice), Honeyquat (Honey), Cetearyl Alcohol (Coconut Derived), Stearalkonium Chloride (Coconut Derived), Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Powder, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (Natural Detangling Agent), Silk Amino Acids (Natural Protein), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Eucalyptus Globulous Leaf Oil, Sorbic Acid (Food Grade Preservative), Orbignya Oleifera Seed (Babassu) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Caramel, Botanical Blend.


Curlsmith – Double Cream Deep Quencher

This Double Cream Mask is specifically designed to combat ultra-dry and lifeless hair. This treatment boasts a thick, buttery texture that will provide intense moisture without feeling heavy or weighed down on the strands.

Ingredients: WATER (AQUA), CETEARYL ALCOHOL, BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, PROPANEDIOL, HYDROXYPROPYL STARCH PHOSPHATE, CETYL PALMITATE, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), GUAR HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, SELAGINELLA LEPIDOPHYLLA (RESURRECTION FLOWER) EXTRACT, CARAPA GUAIANENSIS (ANDIROBA) SEED OIL, ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF JUICE, OCIMUM BASILICUM (BASIL) LEAF EXTRACT, PIPER NIGRUM (BLACK PEPPER) SEED EXTRACT, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, SALVIA OFFICINALIS (SAGE) LEAF EXTRACT, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, PANTHENOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CITRIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, GLYCERIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, LINALOOL, LIMONENE.


Shea Moisture Intensive Hydration Hair Masque Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil

Manuka honey, treasured for centuries, offers more than just soothing effects; it acts as an emollient, humectant, and conditioner in cosmetic formulations for both hair and skin.11 Best of all, it effortlessly mixes with several different conditioning oils.

If your hair is craving moisture and you have curly locks, this SheaMoisture Manuka Honey Masque is just what the doctor ordered! It provides intense hydration to dry strands while delivering vital nutrients.

Depending on the condition of your hair, it can be a quick hydration boost or an extra-deep conditioning treatment. It is ideal for revitalizing over-processed, damaged, or color-treated hair.

Ingredients: Water (Eau), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Glycerin (Vegetable/VŽgŽtale), Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Behentrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Trichilia Emetica (Mafura) Seed Butter, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Honey (Miel), Cetrimonium Chloride, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Benzoic Acid.


Styling Creams

Curlsmith Effortless Wave Texturizing Spray

This ultra-lightweight styling spray will add body and definition to your natural waves, reducing frizz for a smooth finish.

Though labeled as zero-alcohol for hydration, this product does contain alcohols like propanediol, xylitol, linalool, and benzyl alcohol, which differ from ethyl alcohol.12 These are fatty alcohols that have different effects on hair and are not known to cause dryness or crunchiness.

Ingredients: WATER (AQUA), PROPANEDIOL, VP/VA COPOLYMER, BETAINE, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, PARFUM, LINUM USITATISSIMUM (LINSEED) SEED EXTRACT, SCLEROTIUM GUM, SODIUM BENZOATE, SALVIA HISPANICA SEED EXTRACT, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM GLUCONATE, CITRIC ACID, GLYCERIN, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, CAPRYLIC ACID, XYLITOL, SELAGINELLA LEPIDOPHYLLA EXTRACT, OCIMUM BASILICUM (BASIL) LEAF EXTRACT, PIPER NIGRUM (BLACK PEPPER) SEED EXTRACT, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, SALVIA OFFICINALIS (SAGE) LEAF EXTRACT, LAURTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM BISULFITE, LIMONENE, LINALOOL, BENZYL ALCOHOL.


Verb Curl Cream

Rejuvenate your waves, curls, and coils with this anti-frizz curl cream to give them the shape, memory, and bounce they deserve. It offers all-day softness as it reacts to errant curls on dry hair while providing long-lasting pleasure from its results.

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, VP/DMAPA Acrylates Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Butylene Glycol, Silicone Quaternium-16/Glycidoxy Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Centella Asiatica Extract, Keratin Amino Acids, Undeceth-11, Undeceth-5, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Geraniol, Benzyl Salicylate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Benzyl Cinnamate, Amyl Cinnamyl, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Fragrance.


Bumble and bumble Light Defining Curl Cream

This curl cream is super lightweight and perfect for creating, styling, and enhancing your curls and waves! Get ready to say goodbye to frizz; this product will help define your locks without weighing them down.

Ingredients: WaterAquaEau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Sclerotium Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Phytantriol, Pantethine, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Panthenol, Octyldodecyl Citrate Crosspolymer, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-11, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Maltodextrin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Geraniol, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol.

Mousse/Foams

Curlsmith Bouncy Strength Volume Foam

This lightweight styler adds texture and volume to your curls without weighing them down–it’s packed with proteins that provide the perfect combination for layering other stylers or as a stand-alone product. For an amazing lift, apply extra at the roots then diffuse while flipping your head upside down!

Ingredients: WATER (AQUA), VP/VA COPOLYMER, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, HYDROLYZED RICE PROTEIN, HYDROLYZED HEMP SEED EXTRACT, RIBES NIGRUM (BLACK CURRANT) FRUIT EXTRACT, LENTINUS EDODES (SHIITAKE MUSHROOM) EXTRACT, PSIDIUM GUAJAVA (GUAVA) FRUIT EXTRACT, BRASSICA OLERACEA ACEPHALA (KALE) LEAF EXTRACT, CUCURBITA PEPO (PUMPKIN) SEED EXTRACT, OPUNTIA TUNA (PRICKLY PEAR) FRUIT EXTRACT, GLYCERIN, PANTHENOL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, DISODIUM EDTA, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOATE, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, LAURTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM BISULFITE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), BENZYL ALCOHOL, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, GERANIOL.


Innersense Organic Beauty – Natural I Create Lift Volumizing Foam

Whether you’re aiming for texture, volume, curls, or a sculpted look – it does the job. Use on wet and dry hair to create stunning styles that last all day long. And if you need an extra pick-me-up between washes? This is perfect as a root refresher, too!

Ingredients: water/aqua/eau, pullulan, galactoarabinan, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, glycerin, caprylyl/capryl glucoside, gluconolactone, sodium benzoate, calcium gluconate, hydrolyzed rice protein, decyl glucoside, lauryl glucoside, sorbitol, potassium sorbate, cananga odorata flower oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, salvia sclarea (clary) oil, vanillin, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, hydroxypropyltrimonium honey, sorbic acid, citric acid, diheptyl succinate, capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymer, vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil*, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, macelignan, tocopherol, linalool, limonene.


Herbal Essences Volumizing Hair Mousse

Experience a 50% increase in volume for your hair. It is body-boosting, enriched with the essence of passion flower sunrise and pearl. Achieve an enduring, weightless hold and voluminous, touchable hair that lasts all day. All you have to do is shake it and distribute it through damp hair, then either air dry or use a low diffuser setting to enhance volume even further.

Ingredients: Water, Isobutane, Polyquaternium-4, Propane, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Fragrance, C9-11 Pareth-8, Caprylyl Glycol, 1.2-Hexanediol, Disodium Edta, Citric Acid.


Gels

Curlsmith Light Shape Up Aqua Gel

Curlsmith’s Aqua Gel was crafted especially for those of you who feel that gels drag down your waves and curls and make them look too flat. The gel is as light as water, easily spreading through the hair to coat all curls perfectly. Additionally, proteins have been included at a low dose to give strength to fragile strands. In short, this ultra-lightweight formula provides long-lasting definition and strengthens weak and brittle locks!

Ingredients: WATER (AQUA), PVP, PANTHENOL, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, LENTINUS EDODES (SHIITAKE MUSHROOM) EXTRACT, PSIDIUM GUAJAVA (GUAVA) FRUIT EXTRACT, RIBES NIGRUM (BLACK CURRANT) FRUIT EXTRACT, BRASSICA OLERACEA ACEPHALA (KALE) LEAF EXTRACT, OPUNTIA TUNA (PRICKLY PEAR) FRUIT EXTRACT, CUCURBITA PEPO (PUMPKIN) SEED EXTRACT, HYDROXYPROPYLGLUCONAMIDE, HYDROXYPROPYLAMMONIUM GLUCONATE, HYDROLYZED HEMP SEED EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED RICE PROTEIN, CARBOMER, GLYCERIN, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TARTARIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, SODIUM BENZOATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, CITRIC ACID, AMINOMETHYL PROPANOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), BENZYL ALCOHOL, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, GERANIOL.


Kinky Curly Curling Custard

Not only does this gel moisturize your hair for a healthy shine, but it also allows you to craft your hairstyle. Your hair won’t look greasy or oily and has never been easier to maintain throughout the day–thanks to its long-lasting properties.

Ingredients: Botanical Infusion Of Water / Aqua, Equisetum Arvense / Horsetail, Chamomile, Urtica Dioica / Nettle And Althaea Officinalis / Marshmallow, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Agave Tequilana / Agave Nectar Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate / Vitamin E, Pectin, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate And Fragrance.


MopTop Curly Hair Custard

Your waves, curls, and coils will clamor for this heavenly custard! Only a small amount is required to create maximum hold, moisture, and shine without being greasy or crunchy. Crafted with natural ingredients free of any artificial additives – it’s the perfect product for your precious locks!

Ingredients: WATER, GLYCERIN, CARBOXYMETHYLCELLULOSE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, PECTIN, HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM HONEY, SILK AMINO ACIDS, HYPNEA MUSCIFORMIS EXTRACT (SEAWEED), GELIDIELLA ACEROSA EXTRACT (SEAWEED), SARGASSUM FILIPENDULA (SEAWEED) EXTRACT, SORBITOL, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, SALIX ALBA (WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT, URTICA DIOICA (NETTLE) EXTRACT, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, CITRUS SENENSIS OIL, CITRUS LIMON OIL, CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA OIL, CITRUS PARADISI OIL, FRAGRANCE (PHTHALATE FREE).

Conclusion

2B hair has gorgeous wavy hair textures. Its distinctive features are straight roots and moderately defined waves.

When you treat it right, this coveted hair type can give you a big impact with minimum effort. Yet, it easily frizzes and gets weighed down if neglected.

Follow the advice in this article to give your 2B hair the care it craves and enjoy head-turning waves day after day! 


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