How To Care For Type 2A Hair + Styling Tips

Subtle waves that create a texture that's both easy to style and naturally gorgeous, it’s almost too good to be true? With just enough wave to not be straight, Type 2 hair is your sweet spot between pin straight hair and high density coils. 

Everything you need to know about how to keep your 2A waves looking their best, is right here! Including how to identify your hair type, understanding what makes it unique, and how to select the perfect LOHY products to enhance its beauty.

What exactly is Type 2A Hair?

Type 2A hair falls under the wavy hair category and is characterised by its slight "S" shaped pattern. It's often finer in texture and has a gentle tousled texture that can sometimes appear almost straight.

Defining characteristics include:

  • Fine, thin waves
  • A light "S" pattern from the mid-lengths of the hair
  • Minimal volume at the root
  • Tends to get oily faster than other curly types

If you're thinking  this is close to your hair type but not quite spot on, our guides on Type 2B and 2C hair might offer the clarity you need.

Do I Have Type 2A Hair?

Identifying whether you have Type 2A wavy hair involves observing several characteristics unique to this hair type. 

Here’s how you can determine if you have 2A Wavy Hair;

Wave Pattern: Type 2A hair is primarily straight at the roots and falls into a more defined “S” shape towards the middle and ends. The waves are loose and stretched out, not tight or springy.

Texture: This hair type tends to be fine, with a thin hair strand that’s easy to run your fingers through. It may lack volume at the roots due to the hair’s weight pulling the waves down.

Body: Type 2A hair has a light, tousled texture that can often look beachy. It's more susceptible to getting weighed down by heavy products, leading to loss of its natural wave.

Response to Styling: It's often quite manageable and responsive to straightening, but it can also hold waves when styled with the right products. It does not, however, retain curls as well as Type 2B or 2C hair might.

Tendency to Frizz: While Type 2A hair can get frizzy, it's typically less prone to frizz compared to curlier hair types. The frizz tends to be more apparent in humid conditions or when overly disturbed during drying.

Scalp Oiliness: The relatively straighter roots are closer to the scalp, which can lead to quicker oil buildup. This can make the hair look oily faster than other Type 2 Hair. 

Dryness at the Ends: The ends may be drier compared to the roots because the wave pattern makes it harder for scalp oils to travel down the hair shaft.

Reaction to Humidity: Type 2A hair will usually react to high humidity by becoming a bit frizzier and slightly more wavy or even straightening out rather than becoming more curly.

If you notice most of these traits in your hair, it's likely that you have Type 2A Hair. Keep in mind that most people have more than one type of wave or curl pattern on their head, so it's possible to have a combination of type 2A and other patterns. Understanding your hair type is the first step towards adopting a hair care routine that brings out the best in your waves.

What's The Difference Between 2A Hair and 1C?

Navigating the nuances between 1C and 2A hair types can be quite subtle. While both can appear quite similar, they each have distinct characteristics. 

Type 1C hair presents as predominantly straight but with a VERY slight body wave, often noticeable underneath the straighter layers. It's generally coarser and has a thicker texture than other type 1 hair, with more volume compared to 2A hair.

On the other hand, 2A hair type is inherently ‘wavier’, featuring a consistent S-shaped pattern throughout. It tends to be finer and more prone to lying flat against the head, lacking the volume that characterises 1C hair. 

If your hair shows a clear wave, even when it's not styled, you're likely in the 2A camp. Conversely, if straight strands with a hint of wave underneath describe your hair better, 1C is probably your type.

How is 2A Different From Other Type 2 Hair?

The primary difference lies in the definition and resilience of the wave. While 2B and 2C have more pronounced wave patterns and can resist styling manipulation, 2A hair is much more malleable and subtle in its wavy form.

Here’s a more detailed look at how 2A hair differs from 2B and 2C types:

Wave Definition:

  • Type 2A: The waves are gentle and tend to form a loose "S" shape, which is more apparent from the mid-lengths to the ends. The wave pattern is often so subtle that it can appear almost straight in shorter hair lengths or when not styled to enhance the wave.
  • Type 2B: This hair type has a more defined "S" shape that starts closer to the scalp. The waves are more pronounced and may start to show a tendency towards frizz and a more tousled appearance.
  • Type 2C: The waves in 2C hair are more defined and tighter, often starting from the roots. This type tends towards ringlets that can sometimes be classified as loose curls, giving it a thicker and coarser appearance compared to 2A and 2B. 2C curls often have a combination of Type 3A Hair.

Resilience to Styling:

  • Type 2A: Hair is very flexible in terms of styling. It can be easily straightened or curled, but the downside is that it may also struggle to hold styles without the help of styling products. It’s more malleable, meaning it can be manipulated into different shapes and styles with relative ease.
  • Type 2B: While still quite adaptable, 2B waves have a tendency to return to their wavy state more persistently than 2A. They may require a bit more effort to straighten, and they often maintain a wavy texture even when styled.
  • Type 2C: The strongest wave pattern of the Type 2 category, 2C waves, can be challenging to straighten due to their robust texture and may require more time and heat to alter the natural pattern. However, 2C waves, almost curls,  are more resistant to styling and have a tendency to spring back to their natural state.

Volume and Frizz:

  • Type 2A: Hair tends to lie flatter at the crown and has a sleeker appearance with minimal frizz. The lower volume can make it more prone to getting weighed down by heavy products.
  • Type 2B: This hair type starts to exhibit more volume and can have issues with frizz, particularly in humid climates or if not moisturised regularly.
  • Type 2C: The wave pattern is closer to curly hair, showing considerable volume and a propensity for frizz, making it important to use products that define the curls and combat humidity.

Responsiveness to Moisture:

  • Type 2A: This type typically has a more consistent pattern that doesn't change dramatically with the amount of moisture in the hair. It can, however, become limp in high humidity.
  • Type 2B and 2C: Both are more responsive to moisture, which can enhance the curl pattern. But without proper care, this can also lead to frizz. They benefit from products that help define and hold their natural pattern.

Type 2A hair serves as a softer introduction to waves, being more subtle and easier to style, but it also requires specific techniques to enhance its natural wave. In contrast, 2B and 2C waves present more pronounced textures and shapes, requiring different care techniques that focus on defining and maintaining their more resilient wave patterns.


Every hair type, including 2A, has varied porosity and texture which affects how you should care for and style your hair.


Hair porosity refers to your hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture. A critical aspect of hair care, the porosity of your hair is determined by the condition of the hair’s cuticle layer, which is the outermost part of the hair shaft. This layer can be tight and compact, loose, or somewhere in between, which directly affects how well oils and moisture can pass in and out of your hair fibres.

There are three levels of hair porosity:

  • Low Porosity

    In low porosity hair, the cuticles are tightly packed and overlapped, creating a smooth, tightly-bound surface. This makes it challenging for moisture to penetrate the hair shaft but once it's in, it tends to stay put. People with low porosity hair may find that products sit on their hair rather than being absorbed. This hair type benefits from heat treatments which can help open up the cuticles to let moisture in.

  • Medium/Normal Porosity

    This is considered the ideal level of porosity. The cuticle layer is looser, allowing just the right amount of moisture to enter while preventing too much from escaping. Hair with normal porosity tends to hold styles well, radiates a healthy shine, and generally doesn't require as much maintenance as the other types.

  • High Porosity

    High porosity hair has cuticles that are more spaced out and may even have gaps or tears. This means that while the hair can soak up moisture easily, it’s not as good at retaining it, which can lead to frizz and tangles. High porosity hair often results from damage due to chemical processing, heat styling, or environmental factors. It requires products that help to seal the cuticle and retain moisture, such as styling creams, and benefits from regular protein treatments to fill in the gaps in the cuticle.

Understanding your hair's porosity can significantly enhance your hair care routine. It determines the types of products you should use and how to apply them. For instance, low porosity hair may need lighter, liquid-based products, while high porosity hair may need richer, more emollient products to keep it hydrated and healthy.

How To Test The Porosity of my Hair?

Testing your hair's porosity can be achieved with an easy at-home test. Grab a clean strand of your hair—ensure it's free from any products—and follow these steps:

  • 1. Fill a glass with room temperature water.
  • 2. Place a single strand of your hair into the water.

Now, observe how your hair responds:

High Porosity Hair:  A strand that sinks immediately, suggests high porosity. This means moisture is easily absorbed but also lost quickly. For this type, cooler showers and regular hydration are key.

Normal Porosity Hair: A strand that sinks slowly has normal porosity, which means a healthy balance in retaining moisture. This type should avoid excessive heat and harsh treatments.

Low Porosity Hair: A strand that floats indicates low porosity, which means resistance to moisture absorption but excellent retention once soaked in. Enhance moisture absorption with techniques such as using a shower cap while conditioning.

These outcomes offer valuable insights that can help tailor your hair care regimen to your hair's unique porosity. Making sure you use the right products and techniques will keep your hair looking its best.

What is the Texture of 2A Hair?

The texture of 2A hair can vary. You will either have fine, medium, or thick textured hair. Knowing your hair texture will dictate parts of your routine; your washing frequency, product amount, and deep conditioning needs.

Characteristics of 2A Hair Texture

Fine: Prone to oiliness and weighed down by heavy products. Suggested washing every 2 to 3 days.

Medium: More resilient with a possibility of a third layer, making it more capable of holding styles. Wash every 4 to 5 days to balance natural oils.

Thick: Strong, with all three layers present, retains styles and moisture well. Weekly washing is generally sufficient.


Caring for Type 2A hair involves understanding the right balance between moisture and styling products to maintain its subtle waves.

Washing your Type 2A Hair:

Use gentle, sulphate-free shampoos to avoid stripping natural oils and always follow with a lightweight conditioner to maintain hydration without weighing down your waves.

Moisturising & Hydrating your 2A Hair:

LOHY's Hydrating conditioner is a lightweight formula designed to keep your 2A hair moisturised without the heavy feeling. It provides just enough hydration to enhance your natural wave without causing your hair to go limp from being weighed down. 

Deep Conditioning Treatments for Type 2A Hair:

A deep conditioning treatment once every two weeks can work wonders. However, deep conditioning type 2 hair is only recommended every 2-3 weeks.  It restores moisture, improves texture, and adds shine without overwhelming your delicate waves. Our LOHY Drench and Quench Conditioner is formulated  to offer deep hydration without making the hair feel heavy.

Using Oil on 2A Hair:

Our Hush Nourishing Oil is perfect for scrunching out the crunch from gel-casted waves, giving you soft and nourished locks. It combines Jojoba and Rosehip oils for a non-greasy finish. Whilst Hush can be used on type 3 and 4 hair types as a treatment, it's not recommended on wavy hair as it’s more prone to oiliness, so use sparingly when scrunching out those waves.

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Styling Type 2A hair can be a breeze with the right technique and products. Here’s a step-by-step guide to achieving beautifully styled waves using LOHY's Cruise Control Cream and Oomph Gel.

Step 1: Start with Clean, Damp Hair

  • After washing your hair, gently pat it dry with a microfiber towel to prevent frizz. Your hair should be damp but not dripping wet. This is the ideal starting point for styling Type 2A hair as it prepares your waves to receive the products evenly.

Step 2: Apply LOHY Cruise Control Cream

  • Dispense a coin-sized amount of LOHY Cruise Control Cream into your palms.
  • Rub your hands together to evenly distribute and emulsify the cream.
  • Gently work the cream through your hair from mid-lengths to ends, avoiding the roots to keep them from getting weighed down.
  • This cream is designed to add moisture, tame frizz, and provide a light hold without sacrificing your hair’s natural movement.

Step 3: Scrunch with Oomph Gel

  • Squeeze a small amount of LOHY Oomph Gel onto your palms. Rub together to evenly distribute the gel.
  • Gently work the cream through your hair from mid-lengths to ends,you can use the flexi-brush if you need to, then scrunch the gel into your hair. Focusing on areas where you want to define your waves more.
  • The Oomph Gel will help to hold the waves in place, enhance the texture, and give your hair that extra "oomph" without the crunchiness.

Step 4: Dry Your Hair

  • To maintain your hair's natural wave pattern, it's best to let it air dry.
  • If you're short on time, and want added volume, use a diffuser attachment on your hairdryer. Set it to low heat and speed, and gently cup sections of your hair with the diffuser. Move it in a circular motion to encourage wave formation without causing frizz.

Step 5: Final Touches

  • Once your hair is completely dry, if you find any frizzy or flat sections, you can reapply a tiny amount of Cruise Control Cream to smooth them out.
  • For additional volume at the roots, you can gently lift and shake your waves with your fingertips.

Step 6: Set Your Style

  • When you’re satisfied with the look of your waves, you can set your style with a light mist of hairspray if desired. Choose one that offers flexible hold so as not to stiffen your soft waves.

Additional Tips:

  • Less is More: With Type 2A hair, it’s important not to overload your hair with product to avoid weighing it down.
  • Hands Off: Try not to touch your hair too much as it dries, as this can cause frizz.
  • Regular Trims: Keep your hair healthy and your waves defined with regular trims to avoid split ends.

With these steps and a little practice, you’ll have a reliable routine to style your Type 2A hair using LOHY products to achieve that effortless, wavy look.


  • Nighttime Routine: Use a satin pillowcase to reduce frizz and breakage.
  • Detangling: Gently detangle with a flexi brush or wide-tooth comb on wet hair.
  • Post-Shower Care: Apply LOHY's Cruise Control Styling Cream to damp hair for defined waves.
  • Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Minimise the use of harsh box dyes and chemical treatments.
  • Styling + Care: Opt for heat-free styling methods to prevent damage.
  • Looking After Your Layers: Maintain regular trims to keep your waves bouncy.

Drying Techniques: Air dry or use a diffuser on a low setting to enhance your natural wave.

Styles & Haircuts for 2A Hair

Consider styles that embrace your natural wave.  Long layers to add movement or a lob (long bob) to provide structure without sacrificing volume.

Here are some super simple and trending 2A hairstyles that will inspire and make you think twice about your existing hairstyle.


Regular trims, protective styling, and the occasional use of clarifying shampoos can help maintain the health and beauty of your 2A waves.


How often should I wash my 2A hair?

Type 2A hair tends to get oily faster due to its fine texture. It's recommended to wash it every 2 to 3 days. If you find your hair getting oily quickly, you might opt for gentle dry shampoos on off days.

Can I use oils on my fine 2A hair?

Yes, but it’s important to use a lightweight oil that won’t weigh down your hair. LOHY's Hush Nourishing Oil is designed for wavy hair and can be used sparingly to scrunch out the crunch after using gels or to add a bit of shine and frizz control.

What are the best LOHY products for my 2A waves?

Look for lightweight hydrating products to add moisturise, and the Cruise Control Cream to define waves without heaviness. The Intensive Drench & Quench Conditioner is also great for occasional deep conditioning treatments.

How can I enhance the natural wave of my 2A hair?

To enhance your waves, apply a wave-enhancing product like LOHY's Styling Cream to damp hair and scrunch gently. You can also try "plopping" your hair with a microfiber towel or  a cotton T-shirt to encourage wave patterns as it dries.

What's the best way to dry 2A hair?

Air drying is ideal to prevent heat damage. If you're in a hurry, use a diffuser on a low heat setting to dry your hair. This method helps to maintain your natural wave without causing frizz or damage.

Are there any specific ingredients I should look for in products for 2A hair?

Look for lightweight moisturising ingredients like glycerin, aloe vera, and proteins. Avoid heavy oils and silicones that can weigh down your hair. Hydrating agents like hyaluronic acid can also be beneficial for retaining moisture without adding weight.

How can I protect my 2A hair from humidity?

Use anti-humectant styling products that are designed to seal the hair cuticle and lock out excess moisture. Additionally, using a leave-in conditioner can provide a protective barrier against humidity.

Tailoring your hair care routine to your specific Type 2A hair will unlock the potential of your natural waves, bringing out their best with the right balance of nourishment and style.