How Well Do You Know Your Hair Type?
Identifying your hair type is important for its care, maintenance, treatment, and styling. Surprisingly, not many of us know the type of hair. This results in choosing the wrong kind of hair products, which are not meant for our hair type, and hence, we do not get the desired results.
The first step to identify your hair is to identify your skin type. The scalp shows the same behavior as of your skin. If you have dry, normal, oily, normal to dry or normal to oily skin, your scalp also follows the same pattern.
Common Hair Types:
Below are the common hair types and some tips on how you can deal with them accordingly.
The first type that we are going to talk about is the normal type. Consider yourself lucky if you have this kind. This is what everyone wants; Shiny, glossy, bouncy hair, which feels silky, and shines constantly. Not oily, no dryness - just perfect. This type is probably the most manageable and the most flexible to style. It does not generate too much oil, nor does it dry and break easily.
One thing you have to remember though is that you still need to take care of it. If you are going to shampoo it daily, use a mild shampoo and do not forget to apply conditioner made for this type of hair. If you are going to use curling irons or other thermal products, be sure to apply protective creams or sprays first, to avoid it from getting burnt.
Another type is the dry one. The main cause of dry hair is lack of sebum in the scalp, which makes the hair coarse and brittle and susceptible to damage. Dry hair is difficult to control after shampooing; it looks thin and rough; it is likely to tangles and has ends that are dry and split. It has a non-slippery feel and does not slide through your fingers. This doesn't necessarily go along with a dry scalp. However, if your scalp is dry, you may develop dandruff, and your hair may become thin if the dandruff is not treated.
Another type is oily hair. This is the opposite of the dry kind. If it is oily, shampooing daily is fine. Oily hair feels greasy even a short while after shampoo. It feels as if a conditioner has been applied to such hair, and it sometimes looks flat. Oily hair goes with oily skin. The scalp tends to secrete excess oil, which makes it lank and greasy. Washing it daily does not aim to eradicate all the oils from your head. You need to wash it to keep the oil under control.
Curly hair is the most difficult type to manage. They are prone to damage and frizz. However, curly hairs are very flattering. If you have it, keep it long. Curls look their best when they are long because its weight brings the volume down.
Understanding its needs will help you take care of it in a better way. Since each type has a different need, know what you have to do to achieve healthy hair growth. Maintain the glow of your normal mane by shampooing and applying a conditioner. Protect it every time you use a thermal device like curling irons; this holds for all types as well. The dry type will require moisturizing. The oily ones, on the other hand, need daily shampooing. Finally, keep your curls gorgeous by being cautious of what you put on it.