Are you aware there are over 10 different hair types? I could bet that you didn’t. Also do you really know what hair type you have? It’s okay if you don’t know. After reading this article you certainly will. In this article we will be looking at the major hair types and how they appear.
Have you noticed that there are no single hair care solutions that will apply generally to all types of hair? The hair care solution that works for your friend may give you a different result, also the same hairstyle you see on someone else may not work for you based on your hair type.
This is as a result of the effectiveness of the hair care products and hairstyling results is due to our different hair types. Considering that, let’s dive into the different types of hair. There are 3 major types of hair, each one having a minimum of 2 or 3 subtypes.
Straight hair happens to be the first type of hair. This hair type has additional cuticle layers which protects the hair from damaging. That’s a good one, however straight hair has its flaws. This protection means the hair strands are more opposed to styling or shaping. When straight hair is damaged, it forms thin ends and becomes brittle.
Straight hair has 3 subtypes namely:
- Fine Straight Hair: This type of straight hair is normally thin, shiny and very soft.
- Medium Straight Hair: This type of straight hair has a lot of body. It has more feel and texture.
- Coarse Straight Hair: This type of straight hair happens to be the most resistant to shaping and styling.
Another type of hair we will be looking at is wavy hair. Characteristically, it seems like straight hair but has some curly features as well. This hair type can be difficult to style and may not bounce. Wavy hair comes in different kinds. Some have rough and dry waves while others have soft and silky-smooth waves.
Wavy hair has 3 subtypes as well which are:
- Fine or Thin Wavy hair: This type of wavy hair is somewhat easy to style using a curling iron or a hair straightening device.
- Medium Wavy Hair: This type of wavy hair is fairly difficult to style using these hair styling tools and it gets tightly curled easily.
- Thick and Coarse Wavy Hair: This type of wavy hair is more opposed to straightening and curling, also it can easily get wiry.
Curly hair is another common hair type. This hair type is characterized as having an exact S pattern that often forms a shape of loops. Curly hair texture varies extensively and has more feel and body compared to straight hair type. Curly hair texture can be very smooth, soft, rough, rigid. Curly hair type has less shine compared to straight hair or wavy hair; also, they easily get wiry when wet. However the curls tightens in high humidity.
Curly hair has 2 subtypes namely:
- Loosely Curled Hair: This type of curly hair seem almost like straight hair when it is cut short. After it has grown a bit, it normally has big shiny curls.
- Tightly Curled Hair: This type of curly hair show tight cork screw-type curls. It’s fascinating to see that quite a number of people with curly hair type will have the two curly hair subtypes growing in different part of their hair.
How to Determine Your Hair Type
Now that you know the different hair types and textures, how can you find out your own hair type?
The best way check your hair type is when it’s clean from taking a shower. When your hair is clean and free of products it can be its natural self.
After washing your hair, let it air dry instead of blow drying it. When you blow dry your hair it will change the hair pattern and alter the natural state of your hair.
When you towel dry make sure you’re not being too aggressive. Using a towel can make your hair frizzy so use it to only take out moisture.
When your hair is air dried, take a chunk of your hair and determine your hair type with the descriptions above.
In most cases, you might fall into multiple hair types. For example, you might have thick hair at the top of your head but thin hair at the sides.
The Next Step
Well after you’ve discovered your hair type, it’s time to choose the right product!
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