different hair types
Knowing your hair type may seem obvious, but there are many aspects of hair types that the average person doesn’t typically consider.
Your hair type doesn’t only determine whether you have thin or thick hair (hair structure,) but also determines your hair texture (how your hair dries naturally, hair porosity (how your hair soaks in moisture and product, and scalp moisture levels.
Read more to learn the different hair types and how to positively identify your own!
The structure of your hair can be summed as how thick or thin your hair strands are. Hair can either be fine, medium, or thick.
To determine your hair’s structure, take an individual strand of your hair and place it on a level surface. Then, place a a strand of sewing thread parallel to your hair strand. Examine the differences you see.
If your hair strand is thinner than the thread, you have thin hair. If your hair strands is thicker than the thread, you have thick hair. If you hair strand is somewhat in the middle of the two, you have medium hair.
Depending on your hair structure, certain hairstyles will be more achievable you, while others will be more difficult to maintain. Thin hair has a hard time holding its shape when styled, medium hair holds its shape for an extended period of time, and thick hair holds it style well, but is more difficult to accomplish.
When someone asks you what type of hair you have, you most likely will respond with either straight hair, curly hair, or wavy hair. To determine your hair texture, its as simple as letting your hair air drying and observing what it does.
If your hair dries straight with no problem, you have straight hair. If your hair dries with defined curls or loops, you have curly hair. If your hair dries with a little bend to it or “S” shape, you have wavy hair.
You may not have even noticed how your hair responds to moisture and product absorption, but this is what is known as hair porosity. Knowing this information is essential for using the best products for your hair.
To test your hair’s porosity, take an individual strand of hair and submerge it in a bowl of water. If it sinks to the bottom of the bowl, your hair has a high porosity, or absorbs moisture well. If the strand stays under the surface of the water, but not quite to the bottom, your hair has a normal porosity, or absorbs moisture in a balanced manner. If the strand floats above the water’s surface, your hair has a low porosity, or difficulty absorbing moisture.
In laymen’s terms, it is recommended for hair with high porosity to steer clear of heat styling and harsh chemical treatments that can result in dryness. Hair with low porosity should use product while the hair is damp to help with easier absorption and prevent product buildup.
We either have dry scalps, normal scalps, or oily scalps. Scalp moisture levels are often an overlooked aspect of hair types, but its role is equally important to be aware of. Your scalp is your hair’s foundation — a healthy scalp yields healthy hair and an unhealthy scalp yields unhealthy hair.
To determine your scalp’s moisture levels, assess your scalp two days after you wash it. If your roots are greasy and lacking volume, you have an oily scalp. If you notice any flaking from your scalp, you have a dry scalp.
Our hair is not “one size fits all.” As we live through all the seasons of our lives, it is constantly changing with us. Accept it, love it, and ROCK it!
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