What's Your Hair Type?
It is a common misconception that hair is just hair. After all, it is the thing that grows from our scalp. But what you might not realise is that everyone’s hair is different. In fact, hair comes in a variety of different textures and types.
Knowing your own hair type means that you will be able to understand the styles that are going to look awesome, as well as the products that are going to work best on your hair.
To help, we have put together our basic guide to everything that you need to know about hair.
Type 1 Hair
Do you have hair that is sleek, straight and shiny? If you do, then you may fit into Type 1 hair. Those who have Type 1 hair have lots of cuticle scales as protection and the hair lacks any type of curl, which is why it has that straight look. Type 1 hair can be broken down into 3 different categories.
Type 1a hair is the type of hair that most Asian women have. It is completely straight from root to tip and is unable to hold any type of curl. Type 1b hair is not completely flat and is known to have a little more texture to it, this is the most common type of hair that those with straight hair will fall into. It will hold a curl when styled and has some bends or kinks throughout it.
Type 1c hair is straight, however, thanks to the increased amount of body, there is also slight bends and waves to it. If left to dry on its own this type of hair will have a tousled look.
Type 2 Hair
If your hair forms an s shape thanks to the natural wave that it has, then you will fit into Type 2 hair. Type 2 hair is not as oily as Type 1 hair, however, it shouldn’t be classed as dry. Much like Type 1 hair, Type 2 hair can be broken down into three different categories.
Type 2a hair has what is thought of as natural, beach waves. This type of hair is less likely to be frizzy than other Type 2 hair which means that you do not need to apply too much product in order to make sure it looks gorgeous.
Those with Type 2b hair will have defined and tighter waves, however, the hair isn’t bouncy or too frizzy. Type 2c hair has much tighter waves, so much so that they start to form loose spiral curls. This particular hair is most prone to frizz and may require some help from product to tame it.
Type 3 hair
Hair that is naturally curly and shaped like an S fits into Type 3 hair. Hair of this type will form ringlets that are not only naturally defined but also do not need too much styling products in order to look curly and bouncy. Hair that is Type 3 is often drier than other types of hair. This is because the natural oils on the scalp are not able to get along the curls of the hair.
Again, there are three Type 3 hair categories. Type 3a hair has silky and soft loose curls. They are defined and do not require too much manipulation in order to look great. Type 3b hair have curls that are much more spiralled and springy, it is commonly seen in mixed race women. Type 3b hair can be frizzy if there are no products applied during styling.
The last Type 3 hair is Type 3c. The curls in this type of hair are tighter and more coil like, with lots of texture. The curls can tend to clump together and will need product and manual manipulation in order to ensure that they look their best.
Type 4 hair
Finally we have the curliest of all, Type 4 hair. Type 4 hair is often seen in African Caribbean people. The hair is tightly curled and keeps the same shape whether it is wet or dry. The hair is often really dry due to the fact that the natural oils cannot travel down the entire length of the hair. Due to the way the cortex and cuticle regions are formed it can be easily damaged by chemical treatment.
Type 4a hair has perfect cylindrical curls, these curls are often the width of a pencil and can be quite springy in their nature. Type 4b hair has a more crimped pattern rather than the cylindrical curls. Type 4c hair has a zigzag pattern and there is often no definition to the sections of the hair. The texture of the hair can be either thin and fine or wiry and coarse. It really does depend on the person.
As you can see, there are a variety of different types of hair that you can have. Why not take a look at your hair and see if you can identify your hair type?
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