Natural Hair Guide: The Mizani Curl Key

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When you’re confused about your natural curl pattern, it can make it that much more frustrating to find the right products to achieve the look you want. 

While perusing through some hair pamphlets, I spotted the “Mizani Natural Curl Key” guide. This guide is GENIUS & super helpful, especially for you ladies trying to figure out what the heck your curl pattern is!

The curl key breaks down eight curl patterns from the type, natural characteristics, texture, growth pattern, body/volume, elasticity, and porosity. Then it recommends what natural or relaxed Mizani products to use! Why didn’t someone think of this earlier?

Here’s the breakdown:

Type 1

Straight to minimal curl, texture is thin to thick, grows down from the scalp, lack of body or volume, has marginal stretching with return, and has a compact to slightly raised cuticle & is less prone to frizz.

Type 2

Has an open wave (loose S-shaped curves), texture is thin to thick, grows down from the scalp, has some body, volume, or end-wave curve movement, has marginal stretching with return, and has a compact to slightly raised cuticle & is less prone to frizz.

Type 3

Wavy (distinct S-shaped curves with uniform wave pattern), texture is thin to thick, grows down from the scalp, has some body, volume or end-wave movement, moderate stretching with moderate return, and slightly raised to raised cuticle. Prone to frizz.

Type 4

Curly (defined, mixed curl patterns: loops to spirals, ringlets to corkscrews), texture is thin to thick, grows down from the scalp, then curls. Has body, volume and bounce, has moderate stretching with moderate return, slightly raised to raised cuticle. Likely to frizz.

Type 5

Very curly (defined curl with S-shapes forming into coils), texture is thin to thick or combination, grows down from the scalp, then curls. Reduced volume with some movement, prone to be compact, has stretching with minimal return. Has raised cuticle and likely to frizz and tangle.

Type 6

Coiled (loose afro—medium coils and close to the scalp), texture is thin to thick or combination, grows up and away from the scalp, then curls. Has some volume, likely to be compact with less movement, and stretching with minimal return. Has a raised cuticle, some frizz, tangled.

Type 7

Very coiled (tight afro—distinct, springy coils closer to scalp), texture is thin to thick or combination, curls directly from the scalp. Has minimal volume, come compaction, no movement, and stretching with minimal return. Raised cuticle, frizzy, tangled and prone to knot.

Type 8

Zig-zag coiled (extremely tight afro —interlocking coils and zig-zag patterns), texture is thin to thick or combination, and curls directly from the scalp. Compact with no movement, stretching with minimal return, and has a raised cuticle, frizzy, and tangled with some knots.

Did the Mizani curl key help you?

**I believe I’m a mixture of 4,5, & 6 lol

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