2B looks like relaxed waves and often has a very defined S-wave shape, even without the need for styling. While the roots are fairly straight, if you have 2B hair, you’ll find your wave pattern kicks in from mid-length and continues through to the ends.
2B hair, just like higher hair types on the Andre Walker scale, can be misleading because your defined wave pattern means you can technically lose length in the pattern. This means that when wet, your hair may appear longer than when completely dry. Kelly Harrison, Brand Manager of BIOTOP Professional, notes that while 2B hair is “thick, full and beautiful…if you don’t know how to manage this hair type, your curls can look wild and unruly.”
Due to your visible texture, you may find that dryness is a constant battle. Just like true type 3 and 4 curlies and coilies, the natural oils produced by your scalp can have a hard time moving all the way down your hair shaft. As a result, dry ends are a common complaint. And if you can’t find the right moisture balance, you may find that you experience more intense tangles, frizz and even split ends.
As if that weren’t enough, type 2 hair can be fine, which means obvious ingredients like coconut oil or shea butter, which are fantastic for type 3 and 4 heads, could leave you with oily locks that look greasy. Instead, you’ll want to look for lighter formulations that help quench thirsty hair without weighing it down.