Did you know that your hair is also a good indicator of your health? So there goes the famous saying that your hair is your crowning glory. So the healthier the person is the better looking is his hair. But aside from that, we should also know the type of hair that you have so that you can properly take care of that wonderful mane.
According to a famous stylist of Oprah Winfrey which is Andre Walker is that there are 4 types of hair. The Straight hair, Wavy hair, Curly hair and Kinky hair. This system developed by Walker is the most widely used to classify the hair of an individual. If you’d like to change your hair you should use some hair styling tools, but it won’t be as natural as your own hair 🙂
- Straight hair
- This shows the most flexible or durable of all the hair type.
- It is really hard to curl this type of hair texture and is difficult to damage
- Also the oiliest type of hair, since the sebum from the scalp spreads easily and no curls interrupts in its path.
- Wavy hair
- The sheen and its texture play in the range between curly and straight hair.
- More like to end up being frizzy than straight type of hair texture.
- There are 3 types of waves too and these are the type A,B and C.
- Type A Wave- interchange easily between curly and straight styles
- Type B and C are both resistant to styling.
- Curly hair
- More likely described as the S-shaped hair type.
- This type has more volume, more damage prone and is climate dependent meaning more humidity leads to more frizz.
- Less defined curls are a result of lack of proper hair care.
- Kinky hair
- This type of hair texture is the most fragile of all hair textures
- Tightly coiled curly pattern
Now, determining your hair type will aid you to find out how to style, cut and handle your hair better. The different qualities of your hair such as elasticity, curl pattern, porosity, texture and density will help you understand it more. This will also help you choose the best styling products and styles that will complement you and will give you great results. Check other related hair care post with this link!
Method to Determine the Density
The first thing you need to do is while looking at the mirror, using a comb or your finger is to part your hair at the middle. To keep one side away from your way, just pin it down. Next is to hold the other side of the part so that you will be able to see the roots of your hair from different angles.
Look in a mirror and part your hair in the middle. Use your fingers or a comb to part your hair. Separate it into two sides. It might help to pin down one of the sides to keep it out of your way. The density of your hair is based on how many strands cover your head in a square inch. For example, you have a thin hair density if you can see a lot of scalp in a square inch, a medium density if you can see some scalp and a thick hair density if you don’t see much scalp at all. Always remember that hair density may vary at the other areas of your head, so it is best to do the same method and check.
Method To Determine Hair Texture
First step is by washing your hair first as you normally would but rinse it well. Then let I dry by using a towel or air dry but not using hair dryer that can cause your hair to react differently and alter the result. After that is grab a 6 to 8 inches long sewing thread and pull out also a strand of your dry hair and compare it with the thread that you have. For you to easily compare the two, lay it down in a piece of white cloth or paper towel. If you hair stand is thicker than the thread then you have a thick hair texture. If it is just about the same thickness, then you have a medium type of hair texture. And if it thinner than the thread, that means you have a thin hair.
Method To Determine Hair Porosity
First method is again to wash your hair and rinse it thoroughly. Towel dry it partially but not too dry to help you determine how well your hair retains moisture and to determine its porosity. Then take a chunk full in your hands and feel them from the roots to the tips while squeezing it gently to feel the moisture. You can tell if you have high porosity if your hair retains a lot of moisture and you hair feels sticky after a long time. A medium porosity if your hair is a bit wet but not sticky and a low porosity if your hair dries fast.
Another way to determine your hair’s porosity is by floating it in water. If your hair sinks fast to the bottom then you have high porosity, medium if it takes a while and light porosity if it floats and doesn’t sink.
Method To Determine Hair Oiliness
When checking for hair oiliness, first you need to wash your hair like you normally do, and let it dry. Wait for the next day, using a tissue, gently press the tissue to your scalp at your crown then do it as well behind your ears. If it shows that you have oil residue onto the tissue, then you have an oily hair, if it’s just a trace then its medium and if none then you have a dry hair. But if you have no oil on one spot and lots on other spots that means to say that you have combination hair.
Method to Check Elasticity
Now to check for your hair elasticity is simple, just get a strand of hair and stretch it as far as you go… but you need to stretch it gently or it will break too soon. See if it stretches well, stretches before it snaps or just snaps fast. Then you can determine how elastic your hair is.
Once you follow these steps, you will have no problem on how to make your hair even more lustrous and shiny. But always make sure that when you are trying to determine your hair type, it is best to do it when your hair is chemical free, no bleaches or dyes meaning your hair is in its natural state.