Do you know your Hair Type?

Do you know your Hair Type?

The terms wavy, curly, coily are broad classifiers to help distinguish the curl pattern of your hair i.e. you hair type. Some people opt to use the number system which ranges from 1- 4c but often just understanding the broad classifiers (i.e. is my hair straight, wavy, curly or coily) as well as knowing information about your hair texture, density is often enough to help you make an informed product purchase.

In this article we have listed some of the of characteristics of the different hair types but because we get that hair is so unique and complex the lists are by no means exhaustive for any one hair type. If you have a certain hair type and know of certain characteristics that aren’t listed below then share your insights by leaving a comment below!

Did you know:  Its common to have more than one hair type/curl pattern on your head. For ease of reference we recommend identifying the most dominant curl pattern and building your hair care regime around that.

Straight Hair

Straight can be prone to frizz , oiliness and often requires products that will boost the appearance of volume.

Product Tips:

  • Avoid heavy oils
  • Wash your hair regularly
  • Always use heat protection when doing ay thermal styling
  • Use products such as spritz and holding spray to help give volume and hold to your styles

Wavy Hair

Wavy hair can become prone to frizz and tangling.  This hair type often requires light-medium hold stylers based on the texture and density of the hair.

  • Avoid heavy oils
  • Control frizz with a spritz, holding spray or serum
  • Enhance waves with lightweight styler e.g. a styling mousse
  • Allow use products that provide heat protection when styling your hair

Curly Hair

Curly hair types can become prone to frizz, tangling and breakage when not cared for properly. Due to the structure of the hair, sebum from the scalp does not easily travel down the hair shaft and this can leave the hair prone to breakage.

  • Nourish your scalp using light weight oils
  • Do not over manipulate the hair to avoid breakage
  • Moisturise regularly and opt for sulphate free shampoos which do not strip the hair of its natural oils as much
  • Allow hair to dry well and seal with a serum or oil to reduce frizz
  • Shrinkage will happen, its ok, and a sign of good elasticity
  • Use a satin/silk pillowcase or bonnet to protect the hair when you sleep at night

Coily Hair

Coily hair types are the most fragile as tightly coiled shape of the hair strands creates points of weakness along the strand. This hair type thrives on moisture and should be managed delicately when styling to avoid breakage and split ends.

  • Moisturise regularly and seal with an oil or serum
  • Do not over manipulate the hair during washing and styling
  • Detangle you hair with a moisturiser or conditioner in the hair. Avoid detangling hair when it is dry or too wet.
  • Allow hair to dry well and seal with a serum or oil to reduce frizz
  • Shrinkage will happen, its ok, and a sign of good elasticity
  • Use a satin/silk pillowcase or bonnet to protect the hair when you sleep at night

 

 

 

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