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What Is My Hair Type and How To Manage It

There are 4 different hair types: straight, wavy, curly, and oily. Which one are you?

Each hair type and texture is unique and can vary based upon your hair history, the climate where you live, and your lifestyle. Identifying your hair type, texture, and concerns brings you closer to healthy, thriving hair because you can specifically address it rather than estimating the good old trial and error method. Within these types are subtypes that specify your type even further. Straight type 1, wavy type 2, curly type 3, and coily type 4, aptly named: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c.

You've probably seen shampoos and conditioners labeled "for fine hair," "for coarse hair," "for curly hair," but have you ever wondered where your hair fits in?

Fine hair may be the softest, but it's the most fragile texture, it's the thinnest and lightest so it doesn't hold a style very well, tangles easily and is more susceptible to damage.

Medium hair is often confused with thick hair because of how thick the hair follicle is at the scalp. This texture is extremely versatile and can be styled in numerous ways. It's mostly labeled as 'normal' hair on styling products due to its commonality.

Thick hair is the most resilient hair texture, the thickness, also referred to as coarseness, allows it to tolerate heat and chemicals better, hence less breakage and is able to hold any style impeccably.

Fine to Medium: Your hair is extremely soft but prone to tangling and breakage. Easy to blow out and straighten but struggles in the volume department, coming up flat due to its structure. When it comes to styling, it's important to apply products that help with volume, but also keep in mind but less product is more! Start with a dime-sized amount and work your way up to avoid build-up and greasiness.

Coarse: Volume and coarseness go hand-in-hand, your hair isn't as soft but holds a style with ease. Less prone to breakage, but tends to be dryer and frizzier. Anti-frizz and moisturizing products tend to work best for this hair type, use as much as your hair requires without the risk of weighing it down easily.

Straight: Straight hair as a reputation of being shiny as its texture reflects the light better than curly hair types. Manageable but known for not holding a style and almost always needing volume, but with the use of proper styling products, should hold just about any look.

Curly: Did you know that each strand of curly hair has its own curl pattern? Curly hair can be fine, medium, or coarse but with such a voluminous and full texture, it tends to frizz easily. Curly hair is naturally dry and more fragile than the other hair textures, meaning it's extremely crucial to condition and hydrate those curls. Naturally dry, it's even more prone to dryness and breakage so be sure to stock up on moisturizing products and treatments to keep it hydrated and keep the frizz down. Stay away from products with sulfates, which cause excessive dryness. Check out our other blog post Hair Product Ingredients to Avoid.

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