According to my Stylist - What is my Hair Type
Figuring out your hair texture and type is what you have hair stylists for right? Well it’s easier than you think.
When in my chair, people often describe their hair by the way it looks and feels. However truly knowing your hair is important, as it can determine your desired style and the products you choose to use. To be in tune with your hair means achieving those hair goals and getting it looking and feeling great.
Below is everything you need to know about hair. With a whole lotta styling going on you gotta keep this safe.
What is Hair
Hair is made of a protein called keratin. The same Keratin found in your fingernails and skin.
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What is my Hair Type
If you’re unsure about your hair type, the next time your wash your hair let it air dry to reveal its natural state. This process will require you to lay your hair bare to the world free of products and styling aids.
- If your hair dries without a bend or curl, then your hair is Straight (Type 1).
- If your hair dries with a slight curve or “S” shape, then it is considered Wavy (Type 2).
- If your hair dries with a defined curl, then it is considered curly (Type 3).
What is my Hair Texture
Ok so there are 3 basic textures:
Fine, Medium and Coarse
Fine Hair and how do I take care of it?
Generally fine hair has difficulty in holding styles, is the most fragile texture type and can be easily damaged. Fine hair tends to be oilier than other hair types. People with this hair type often desire more volume which can easily be attained using the right mix of products.
Hair Care products for Fine Hair
Always select a Shampoo that is clear in appearance. We recommend Shampoo’s that are high in protein, have polymers or volumizing agents.
Always use lightweight or daily conditioners. Alternatively opt for a light weight leave in conditioner.
Things to Avoid on Fine Hair
Excessive heat from styling tools. Always turn heat tools below 190 degrees to avoid colour fade and breakage on colour treated / highlighted hair. Avoid washing your hair in very hot water to avoid colour fade.
Use a thermal protect when using heat styling. Either apply to damp hair before drying or apply to dry before heat styling.
How to Style Fine Hair
Prep hair with a volumizing product prior to blow waving. Apply products from roots to mid lengths on damp hair.
Using a round barreled brush blow to wave with volume from roots to end.
How to manage Fine Hair according to the season
Fine hair generally seems limp and forms static during the winter months. By applying a serum pre and post styling can minimize static.
Ensure hands are moisturized when working your hair to minimize static.
In the summer months use mattifying products to minimize excessive oiliness.
Using a professional dry shampoo can extend blow wave time and is a great fix for those after gym sessions. Dry Shampoo can also add density and texture to your style without weighing it down or feeling product heavy.
Medium Hair and how do I take care of it?
Medium hair texture is not as fragile as fine hair and can be manipulated into styles easily. Usually looks thick and covers the scalp well.
Hair Care products for Medium Hair
Medium texture is the easiest hair type to manage. Lending itself to a variety of products. Mid-range products are best suited such as products that can be used for normal to dry hair. Midweight range of products specifically for how your hair has been treated. Colour treated hair can pick from a variety of colour care products such as:
For highlighted hair a protein and moisture based range is best suited, provided the hair is not distressed.
Things to Avoid on Medium Hair
Avoid excessive heat from styling tools. Always use a thermal protect when using heat tools. Either apply to damp hair before drying or apply to dry before heat styling. Avoid washing hair in very hot water to avoid colour fade.
Turn heat tools below 190 degrees to avoid colour fade and breakage on colour treated or highlighted hair.
How to Style Medium Hair
A lightweight control product can be applied to damp hair from mid lengths to ends, avoiding root area prior to styling.
For a more glamorous blow out, use a large barreled brush
For a sleeker more controlled finish use a large flat paddle brush, drying from roots to ends in a downward motion.
How to manage Medium Hair according to the season
In the winter months medium hair may fall flatter, limp and slightly more dehydrated. It is advisable to add a product with a higher moisture level during this season. Adding a hydrating treatment to your hair regime during the winter months will be beneficial. Your hair will be more manageable and luscious during winter.
In the summer months if the hair tends to get more fuzzy or fly away, a medium controlled leave in styling product is advisable for added control.
Coarse Hair and how do I take care of it?
Thick hair texture appears full and holds styles well. This hair texture usually takes longer to dry than other types and can easily tolerate heat well and resist breakage. Can be resistant to hair colouring and chemical relaxers.
Hair Care products for Coarse Hair
Coarser hair types benefit from a medium to heavy weighted product range giving extra control and taming effects. Coarse hair is often more porous and needs extra moisture and frizz control.
Things to Avoid on Coarse Hair
Never style hair without prepping it with a heat protective and anti-frizz product. When styling hair avoid over drying or over ironing hair as this will leave hair feeling and looking dehydrated, dry and puffy. Apply products to damp hair from mid lengths to ends. Once hair is dried follow with a thermal protect prior to flat ironing. If your hair has a natural curl avoid brushing as this will separate curl definition and look frizzy and puffy in appearance.
How to Style Coarse Hair
When styling course hair use a control product on damp hair mid lengths to ends using a large barrel brush with firm tension. Blow wave from roots to ends ensuring you lock roots in with the brush and dry completely before drying hair ends.
If the roots are particularly stubborn firmly lock in roots with a small barrel brush for extra control and smoothness.
For a sleeker finish, finish off hair with a flat iron applying a humidity control thermal protection spray prior to ironing.
How to manage Coarse Hair according to the season
In winter coarse hair may appear dehydrated and dull. Add a frizz control or hydrating treatment into your regime.
In summer coarse hair will appear unruly and frizzy due to humidity. Using a humidity blocker will prolong styling and add extra control. Switching your products in summer to a deeper frizz control range will assist with cutting down styling time and adding more manageability.