How to determine your hair type
Hair, like skin, can actually have many individual characteristics: straight hair does not have to be thin, and curly hair does not have to be thick. Nevertheless, the universal parameters that should be guided by are easy to determine: the density, texture and porosity can be established with a few simple experiments at home. In the end, hair can be classified into one of four types, within which subtypes are distinguished – and each of them requires special care.
A popular indicator of hair type is oiliness, which actually refers to the characteristics of the scalp. And with an oily scalp, the hair can be dry or dehydrated: start with proper scalp care, and further beauty routine should be regulated by paying attention to the behavior of the main length. To understand how thick your hair is, separate one strand and look at the roots: it is more convenient to do this operation with a strand at the very parting. If there are not too many hairs per square centimeter, so that the skin is visible, the hair density is low or medium, and if the gaps are barely noticeable, then the hair is thick. For very thick hair, normal hair loss rates will be higher – simply because they change more often, and “hair loss” is more noticeable. Also, hair density may vary in different areas of the scalp.
In order to determine the texture and porosity, you should wash your hair using regular shampoo and conditioner, and then let it dry without using a hairdryer: during the styling process, the hair structure may change slightly, which will affect the purity of the experiment. To determine the thickness of a hair, the easiest way to compare it to regular sewing thread is by placing one hair next to it on a piece of white paper. There will be a noticeable difference in diameter between fine hair and strand. Thick hair is noticeably stiff, holds its shape better and can be noticeably larger in diameter than the thread. It is also important to know what the porosity of your hair is in order to select the right products. Determine it by dropping one dry hair into a voluminous bowl or bowl: hair with low porosity will remain on the surface of the water, and the higher the porosity, the faster it will sink.
To understand how elastic your hair is, take one hair by both ends and stretch it in different directions: brittle hair is easily torn simply by the force of impact, and elastic hair will stretch to the last. To make sure, do this experiment on both wet and dry hair – any hair becomes more brittle with moisture. Another characteristic to look at when choosing the right combs, styling products and grooming methods is the curl pattern. Look at the naturally dried strand: the first type of straight hair does not frizz or change its shape, the second type is docile S-shaped waves, the third is distinctly curly coarse hair, and the fourth is the zigzag “springs” found in people of African descent.