Beauty is about embracing what you're born with, and the best products will enhance your natural qualities. Knowing your hair type is the first step to getting your most beautiful hair because you will understand what kind of styling techniques, hair color, and hair care will work the best. So let's get started!
Determining your hair type is not as straightforward as you might think. Hair types are broadly defined as normal, greasy, or dry. Within these simple categories are a multitude of variations. Hair can have a fine, medium, or course texture, for example, and at the same time somewhere on a continuum that ranges from poker straight to tightly curled. However, these broad definitions can help you to care for your tresses.
How to tell your hair type is straight, wavy, curly, or coily?
If you're unsure about your hair type, leave it free of products and let it air dry next time you wash your hair. If it dries completely straight, you have straight hair. If there's a natural wave but doesn't curl up, you have wavy hair. Larger curls mean you have curly hair, while very tight curls signify coily hair.
What's your texture?
There are three types of hair textures which is fine, medium, or thick texture.
Fine hair will usually process quickly and lightens very easily. Because of that, it runs the risk of getting over-processed and is susceptible to damage from chemical treatments. Less is more if this is your texture.
Medium hair is the middle-range of circumference, so it doesn't have any special considerations for how much color to apply or adjustments to processing time.
Thick hair has the largest circumference and is slower to absorb color, which means that it usually requires more processing time. It can also be resistant to chemical treatments like perming and straightening.
Many people don't think of texture as a separate factor from hair type, but it strongly affects how well your hair will hold styles and color.
After determining your hair type from dry to oily, thick to fine.. it's time to take care of it! A dirty scalp and hair shaft is not conductive to supporting hair health, therefore choosing the right hair dryer and shampooing is important. It's important not to overuse shampoo due to the ingredient Sodium Lauryl Sulfate; it tends to be strong, causing the hair to be stripped, dried out, and damaged.
If your hair is dry, it should be shampooed every other day. Using Amaxy conditioner or hair mask will allow you to keep your hair from getting oily, letting that shampoo bottle take a bit of a rest. This goes for chemically altered or color treated hair as well.
If your hair is normal, it can be shampooed every day, or ever two days depending on the circumstances surrounding the hair.
If your hair is oily, you should be shampooed according to how oily the hair is, however every day is usually necessary. If you notice your hair is oily even when it is washed every day, it might be necessary to contact a dermatologist since only hair comes from scalp function.
Every type of hair requires special care and treatment, so knowing yours will help you say bye-bye to bad hair days forever.