Types of hair
Just as it is crucial to know what type of skin you have, it is equally important to understand the texture and the type of hair you have. Knowing the exact type of hair will help you in maintaining your hair better and will also help you in deciding which products and styles to utilize. Everybody has different type of hair that is predominantly dependent upon hereditary factors. Each person has different texture, color, density and elasticity in their hair. For those who are not fully sure of the type of hair, there is an easy method to do so. Wash and condition your hair completely and thoroughly to ensure there is no dust or sweat on your scalp. If the hair is not completely clean, then you may not be able to determine your hair texture conclusively. Pat your hair with a towel and let them dry naturally. Do not use a hair dryer to dry your hair. The shape of the hair strands can be straight, curly, wavy or coily.
- Straight hair: – People with straight hair often complain of limp hair with virtually no volume on the crown of the head. This type of hair generally lays flat on the crown and people with straight hair often tend to use texturizing products to create that extra volume in the hair.
The type 1A of straight hair is very fine. They are very difficult to style and cannot be curled easily. The type 1B straight hair tends to be slightly bent at the ends with little thicker strands. The type 1C hair is straight but has slight wavy texture to them as well. But they can turn very frizzy. For type 1A and 1B hair dry shampoo can be used to add volume and texture. For type 1C hair a leave- in conditioner should be used to keep the frizz down.
- Wavy hair: – They are considered to be the ideal type of hair as they are right mix of straight hair with hint of curls. They can be styled easily and in most cases wavy hair hold up the style very well as well. The type 2A wavy hair is more towards the straight sides with few strands that are wavy. Type 2B wavy hair are mostly wavy all over the head but the waves very soft which look best when styled naturally. These types of waves are also commonly known as the beach waves. But these waves can get frizzy therefore it is important to use smoothening products to keep the hair in control. Type 2C wavy hair is considered to be the frizziest type of hair amongst all types of hair. They are very tightly wound around themselves and they look like spirals.
- Curly hair: – Naturally curly hair considered being the Type 3 hair. This type of hair tends to look curly without the use of any heat tools or styling products. Due to the shape of the hair, the natural oils which are secreted from the scalp are unevenly distributed along the length of the hair, which causes this type of hair to be very dry. Type 3A hair has natural and loose curls which are flowy and generally tend to be so without the use of any products. Type 3B hair tends to be frizzy but they are more defined as compared to type 3A hair. Type 3C curly hair has very tight curls which often can get tangled to form clumps. They are not smooth and mandate the use of smoothening gels and creams to style them properly.
- Coily hair: – This type of hair is tightly curled and does not have any ringlets which are a characteristic of the type 3 hair. This type of hair keeps it shape even when its wet whereas the type 3 hair may look straight when wet. Type 4A coily hair has tight and cylindrical curls which are bouncy in nature. Their curl pattern is defined and they fall down as well. Type 4B coily hair has more of a crimpy texture than cylindrical coils. It can be hard to differentiate between 4B and 4C coily hair. 4C coily hair has zigzag pattern and has no definition along the length. The texture is also variable in this type of hair. This type of hair can shrink by almost 50% when wet.
The aforementioned points are some broad pointers that can be used to determine the type of hair one has. But one thing to remember is that it is not very uncommon for one person to have different types of hair textures. So it is better to go see a doctor or a dermatologist to determine the exact type of hair you have in case you are unable to determine it correctly.