I think the best way to take care of your hair, is to know exactly what type of hair you have. I remember about 10 years ago I used to blow dry my hair every week, just to keep it manageable and as much it did grow it was not healthy and never got past a certain length. Thankfully nowadays we have Google and YouTube and we can educate ourselves on the best possible way to take care of our hair. So I’ve put everything together in one long post and hopefully you will find it all helpful.
Our hair has special care and styling needs based on its unique curl patterns. The hair typing chart was inspired by celebrity stylist Andre Walker’s hair types and lists the various varieties from wavy, curly to coily hair. The chart starts from 2 type hair all the way through to 4. I will start from 3 type hair for the purpose of this blog.
Type 3(a,b,c) – Lightly curly to very curly hair. Hair pattern is recognized as the letter S .The hair is soft and fine and not coarse.
Type 4(a,b,c) – The coily hair. Hair strands are densely packed together and vary from thin to coarse. This hair type has few cuticle layers and is therefore more susceptible to damage .
Knowing your hairs porosity will help you choose the correct products to use on your hair. Porosity refers to your hairs ability to retain moisture and varies from low to high.
If you still unsure, please watch this video where they show you how to test for porosity.**
Hair Width aka texture:
If you are unsure of your hair width, take a strand of your hair from your hair brush\comb and hold up to the light. If you can see your hair clearly and it’s wide, you have coarse hair. If you battle to see your hair strand in the light, it means you have thin hair. If your appears to not be thin or coarse it would mean you have normal width hair.
This refers to how the strands on your head are packed close together. To check your hair density look at your hair when its dry and not wet, also hair must not be parted, it must be in its most natural form. If you can see your scalp easily you have low density hair, if you can see some of your scalp you have medium density hair and if you can’t see your scalp at all you have high density hair. Another way to check your hair density would be count the number of strands on your head 🙂
I tried to put everything in simple format and also in one post. Hope you found this helpful.
**Please note this is not my channel but a video I found helpful.
Lots of love