HOW TO DETERMINE YOU HAIR TYPE : (KNOWING YOUR HAIR TYPE & TAKING CARE OF IT)

 HOW TO KNOW YOUR HAIR TYPE


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How to know your hair type and take care of it
 
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Hair care is one important thing for many of us. Treating your hair well with the correct products, having a correct hair care routine and most importantly preventing it from damaging.

We do a lot for our hair, but, do we start right?
 
Knowing your hair type is the basic and most important thing in order to have healthy hair.
Do you know your hair type?
 
If not, then this post will make you understand it better.
 
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Hair type can be determined by mainly 6 factors, namely..
  • Hair pattern (curl pattern of hair )
  • Hair density (all of your hair / total number of hair  )
  • Hair porosity (hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture)
  • Hair diameter (thickness of a single hair strand)
  • Greasiness
  • Elasticity *IMPORTANT* (main tester of hair health)

 

Let's know about each of these factors in detail to know your hair type.

Also.. I will suggest some hair care tips and link some products that may be helpful for your hair type.

Hair Pattern (wash your hair and let it dry naturally and then notice)

How to know your hair type, what is your hair type and how to take care of it

1. Straight Hair - 
If your hair is pin straight without any curve then you have straight hair.
Your hair might appear to be lacking volume or flat as it is just so straight, therefore you can try styling your hair to give it some body.

2. Wavy Hair -
When your hair is not too straight nor curly, it's kind of in between, and creates a loose "S" shape, it is Wavy. Wavy hair might appear or be a bit frizzy / dry. It does not mean it is damaged, it just needs moisture.Those small waves look super cute.

3. Curly hair -
You know if hair is curly. You just know. It creates a curl or a loop when fully dry. It looks so voluminous and is over all pretty. Although it appears to be strong and healthy, sometimes curly hair can be extremely dry and lacking moisture and shine. If you have curly hair, you must take good care of it and make sure to keep it moisturized. 

4. Coily hair -
Hair with the tightest curls, zig-zag pattern or tight spirals, is Coily hair. It's super voluminous and gorgeous. People with coily hair have to really take good care of it. 
It's needs a lot of moisture.

Hair Density (take a section from the front section your hair and pull it to the side and notice)

1. Low Density -
If you can visibly see your scalp than you have a low density of hair.

2. High Density -
If you can barely see your scalp underneath or through your hair, you have high density hair.

3. Medium Density - 
If you can sightly see your scalp in between your hair, you have medium density hair.

*Tip - If you want to increase your hair density, I would highly recommend scalp massages. It increases blood circulation that promotes hair growth and also strengthens it. Inversion method is a great way to promote hair growth, check out my blog INVERSION METHOD FOR HAIR GROWTH to know more about it.

Hair Porosity (in a glass of water place a hair strand, wait for 2 - 3 minutes and notice)

1. High Porosity -
If the hair skins to the bottom, it is high porosity. It is overly processed and damaged hair. It has gaps in the cuticles which allows it to absorb and loose moisture easily. It is frizzy.
*tip - use heavy moisturizing products, do protective hairstyles like braids, wet your hair a bit before moisturizing.

2. Normal Porosity -
If the hair stays in between and slowly skins, it is normal porosity. It needs a little maintenance. The cuticle layer might be loose but has no gaps. It allows just enough moisture in and out

3. Low porosity -
If your hair stays on the top it is definitely low porosity. Your hair does not allow moisture in or out easily. The cuticle layer is tight and because of that your hair might have product build-up.If might feel a bit dry.
*tip - don't use much heavy/ greasy products, use light water based oils and moisturizers. Use warm water or heat from a steamer before washing/ conditioning/ moisturizing your hair to open you hair cuticles.

Hair Diameter (hold a hair strand between your thumb and index finger, try to feel it and notice)

1. Thick -
If you can feel it, like really feel you hair strand than you have thick hair.
 
2. Medium - 
If you can slightly feel it, than you have medium hair.
 
3. Thin - 
If you can feel nothing or can barely feel it, than you have thin hair. 

 Elasticity (take a wet hair strand and stretch it as much as you can and notice)

1. Low Elasticity -
If your hair breaks off immediately when you try to stretch it, it has low elasticity.
It requires special care and make sure to buy products with less or no chemicals. 

2. High Elasticity -
It's if your hair stretches a long ways as if 50% more  before it breaks. It is regarded as the strongest of all hair types. It has a good shine and bounce. It is coarse.

3. Medium Elasticity - 
If your hair stretches out a bit and then snaps off. Use natural products to improve your hair health. It is the most common hair type . Your hair is nor too weak nor totally healthy so take care of it.

That's pretty much it!
If you still feel confused try going through it one by one. 
For example, my hair is..
  1. wavy in pattern
  2. medium density
  3. low porosity
  4. Thick
  5. oily
  6. medium elasticity

Try to find you hair type and then buy products accordingly.

I hope this post covered it all and gave you a clear idea. Let me know in the comments!

 

 

How to know your hair type and take care of it

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