Everything You Need to Know About Type 1C Hair Care!

Where the allure of straight hair meets the intrigue of waves, Type 1C hair is fascinating! 

Often mistaken for Type 2 Hair, this unique hair type combines the texture of straight hair with a hint of waviness, offering a versatile canvas for various styles and looks. Whether you're new to understanding your hair type or looking to refine your care and styling techniques, we’re here to help you embrace and enhance the natural beauty of your Type 1C hair.

What Exactly is Type 1C Hair?

Type 1C hair is the most textured variation within the Type 1 hair category. It stands out with its distinct characteristics – being primarily straight but with a noticeable body and a subtle wave, especially towards the ends. This hair type can often appear fuller and thicker than its 1A and 1B counterparts and provides a natural bounce that sets it apart. Unlike the pin-straight Type 1A or the slightly wavier Type 1B, Type 1C offers the best of both worlds – the ease of straight hair styling with the added dimension of waves.

Identifying 1C Wavy Hair

Type 1C hair can sometimes be mistaken for Type 2A hair due to its waviness. And if you’re unsure where your hair falls on the spectrum of Hair Types, we’re here to help! 2A hair has a more pronounced S-shaped pattern, whereas Type 1C, is typically straight, with some gentle and less defined waviness. 

Key identifying features of 1C hair include:

  • A mostly straight appearance with a slight bend, especially towards the tips.
  • More volume and thickness compared to 1A or 1B hair.
  • A tendency to frizz, requiring specific moisture and care routines.
  • Often has a thicker texture than Type 1A or 1B. But not as fine as a Type 2A. 

Porosity and Texture of 1C Hair

Hair Porosity refers to your hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture. It is a critical factor in determining the types of products you’re going to use, and the amount of moisture your hair needs to look its best. If your hair is looking limp, or dry, chances are your routine is lacking knowledge of your hair’s porosity. Luckily, it's a very easy and simple fix!

  • Low Porosity Hair: Resistant to moisture. Hair cuticles are tightly bound, making moisture absorption challenging. This hair type may take longer to get fully wet and dry.
  • Medium Porosity Hair: Medium is the ideal type of porosity to have. It’s balanced and allows adequate moisture absorption and retention without much fuss.
  • High Porosity Hair: Characterised by raised cuticles, it absorbs moisture quickly but loses it just as quickly, making it prone to dryness and damage.

If you’re unsure on your hair’s porosity level, the simplest way to find out is by doing the strand test.

How to Perform the Strand Test:

  1. Drop a clean, dry strand of your hair into a bowl of water.
  2. Observe how it behaves
  • If it floats you have low porosity hair
  • If it sinks slowly you have medium porosity hair 
  • If your hair sinks immediately, you have high porosity hair.

Your results help you to understand your hair's hydration needs.

Why Does Texture Matter?

Understanding your hair's texture means you can tailor your routine to the specific needs of your hair's unique texture. There are three types of hair texture; fine, medium, and coarse. And knowing which category you're in is crucial in maintaining the overall health and appearance of your Type 1C hair. Each texture has its unique requirements, and knowing these can lead to more manageable, healthy, and vibrant hair.

  • Fine: Thin strands that may require volume-enhancing products.
  • Medium: A balanced texture that's neither too thin nor too thick.
  • Coarse: Thicker strands that need more moisture to maintain health and manageability.

Lets take a closer look at each and learn how you can implement a character routine that suits; 

  • Fine Texture

    Fine hair consists of thin individual strands, which often results in a sleek, smooth appearance. However, this texture may struggle with a lack of volume and can appear limp or flat, especially in humid conditions.

    Care Tips:

    • Volume-Enhancing Products: Use volumising shampoos and conditioners designed to lift the hair at the roots without weighing it down.
    • Styling Techniques: Techniques like diffuse-drying can add more volume (upside down will give best results). Light mousse for curly hair or foams also help in creating the illusion of fuller hair.
    • Avoid Heavy Products: Steer clear of heavy creams or oils that can cause fine hair to become greasy and weighed down. If you are going to use oil- make sure to use sparingly and only when your hair absolutely needs it. 
    • Gentle Handling: Fine hair is more susceptible to damage, so use a gentle touch when brushing and avoid over-styling with heat tools.
  • Medium Texture

    Medium-textured hair is the most common and is often considered the ideal hair texture due to its balance. It has enough body to hold styles well but isn't overly prone to issues like frizz or dryness.

    Care Tips:

    • Balanced Hair Care Routine: Use products that maintain the hair’s natural balance. Regular conditioning and the occasional use of a leave-in conditioner for curly hair can help keep hair in good shape. We recommend having a go at making a leave in yourself with your LOHY conditioner.
    • Versatility in Styling: This texture allows for a wide range of styling options, from straight to wavy looks.
    • Heat Styling: Medium texture hair can withstand heat styling better than fine hair, but always use a heat protectant to minimise damage.
  • Coarse Texture

    Coarse hair has thicker strands and tends to be more resilient. However, it can also be prone to dryness and may require more effort to style due to its density.

    Care Tips:

    • Intense Moisturisation: Incorporate rich hydrating products like deep conditioners and hair masks to keep the hair moisturised and healthy.
    • Regular Deep Conditioning: A regular deep conditioning routine is essential for maintaining the health of coarse hair.
    • Avoid Drying Ingredients: Stay away from products with sulphates and alcohol, which can strip moisture from the hair.

    Detangling: We recommend using a Flexi Brush, if you don't have one of these, use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to gently work through tangles, starting from the ends and working up to the roots to minimise breakage.

Caring for Your 1C Hair

Caring for Type 1C hair involves balancing hydration, gentle handling, and proper styling techniques. Since 1C hair combines straightness with waves, it requires a nuanced approach:

  • Washing: Use a gentle, hydrating shampoo for curly hair like Nourish & Flourish to cleanse without stripping natural oils. Follow up with Nourish & Flourish Conditioner, paying extra attention to the ends.
  • Moisturising and Hydrating: Regular use of leave-in conditioners and curly hair masks is vital to keep 1C hair hydrated. Choose products that provide moisture without weighing down the hair- we recommend the Drench & Quench Hydrating Mask. 
  • Deep Conditioning: Opt for a deep conditioning treatment every two weeks. Choose lightweight formulas to avoid greasiness. Overnight treatments can offer deep hydration, but remember to rinse thoroughly in the morning.

Using Oils: Even though Type 1 hair can become greasy, light oils on Type 1C hair can be beneficial. Apply a small amount of LOHY’s Hush Nourishing Oil to the ends of your hair to add shine and reduce frizz. Use sparingly to avoid oiliness.

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Step-by-Step Styling Guide for Type 1C Hair

Creating a beautiful wavy style with LOHy’s range of products is easy and effective for Type 1C hair. Here’s how you can achieve this look in six simple steps:

Start with a Clean Base:

Apply Cruise Control Curl Cream:

  • Once you've washed your hair and while it's still damp, apply Cruise Control evenly throughout your hair. Use your fingertips or a Flexi Brush to spread the cream from the roots to the tips. This step is crucial for creating the foundation for your waves, encouraging curl clumps to form.

Encourage Waves:

  • Flip your head upside down and gently scrunch your hair with your hands. Listen for the ‘squelchy’ sound, which indicates that your hair is well-moisturised – a key aspect of achieving great waves.

Add Hold with Styling Products:

Diffuse for Volume:

  • Dry your hair using a blow dryer with a diffuser attachment. Hover the diffuser over your hair to dry it gently. For extra volume, keep your head upside down and move your hair side to side as you dry.

Finish Your Style:

If you’ve used a strong hold gel, once your hair is completely dry, softly scrunch out any stiff or 'crispy' areas. This will leave you with soft, touchable waves that look natural and last all day.

By following these straightforward steps, you can effortlessly transform your Type 1C hair into a wavy, casual style using LOHY’s range of curl products. This approach turns straight hair into subtle, beautiful waves, perfect for a relaxed and stylish look.

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Type 1C Trending Hairstyles

If something a little EXTRA is what you’re looking for, maybe for a night out, or a work function? Here are 7-8 trending hairstyles for Type 1C hair that enhance and celebrate its natural texture.

Each of these styles allows individuals with Type 1C hair to embrace and enhance their natural waves, offering options that range from casual to elegant.

5 Hot Tips For Caring For Your 1C Hair

  1. Avoid over-washing to prevent drying out your hair.
  2. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle, reducing breakage.
  3. Protect your hair from sun damage with products that have UV protection.
  4. Trim regularly to prevent split ends.
  5. Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce frizz and breakage.

Styles and Haircuts for 1C Hair

Change is as good as a holiday, and a new style and haircut might be just the change you’re needing!


How do you maintain 1C hair?

Regular hydration, gentle styling, and minimal heat usage.

What products are good for 1C hair?

Hydrating shampoos, lightweight conditioners, and leave-in treatments.

Are silicones bad for 1C hair?

They can weigh down hair if overused. Look for water-soluble silicones or use silicone-free products.

What are the pros and cons of 1C hair?

Pros: Versatile styling options, natural volume, and a fuller appearance.

Cons: Prone to frizz, can be challenging to maintain a specific style due to its waviness, and requires regular hydration.

Can I use curl cream on 1C hair?

Yes, curl cream can enhance the natural wave of 1C hair. Opt for a lightweight formula to avoid weighing hair down

What shampoo is best for 1C hair?

Nourish & Flourish of course! A sulphate-free, hydrating shampoo is ideal for 1C hair to cleanse gently while maintaining natural oils.

What are the disadvantages of Type 1 hair?

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Can Type 1 hair be frizzy?

Yes, especially Type 1C hair, which can become frizzy due to its wavy texture and environmental factors like humidity.

What hair type is the most frizzy?

Typically, hair types with more texture like curly and coily hair (Type 3 and 4) are more prone to frizz.

Can 1C hair be wavy?

Yes, 1C hair is essentially straight with a body wave, making it the waviest within the Type 1 category.

What are the characteristics of 1C hair?

1C hair is mostly straight with a visible wave, especially towards the ends, more volume compared to 1A and 1B, and a tendency towards frizz.

How can I make my 1C hair soft?

Regular conditioning, using leave-in treatments, and avoiding harsh chemicals can keep 1C hair soft.

Do I have 1B or 1C hair?

If your hair is mostly straight with a more noticeable wave and volume, it’s likely 1C.

Is My hair 1A or 1C?

If it's completely straight with no wave, it's likely 1A. If it has a slight wave, especially towards the ends, it's more likely 1C.

How can I make my 1C hair look good?

Use products that enhance its natural texture, minimise frizz, and choose haircuts that add volume and movement.

Is 1C hair frizzy?

It can be, especially in humid conditions. Using anti-frizz products and deep conditioning can help.

What are the layers of 1C hair?

The layers refer to the cuticle, cortex, and medulla. For 1C hair, the cuticle layer can be slightly raised, giving it its wavy texture.

Is Shea Moisture good for 1C hair?

Shea Moisture products can be beneficial for 1C hair, especially those designed for hydration and frizz control.

How can I make my hair less soft and frizzy?

Use a balancing shampoo, a lightweight conditioner, and a frizz-control serum or cream.

Can Type 1 hair get curly?

Naturally, Type 1 hair doesn't become curly, but it can be styled to create curls.