Regularly using heat styling tools or products can damage your hair and change its natural texture. Allowing your hair to dry naturally will give you a better understanding of its natural texture, identify your hair type and help you take better care of it. In this article we look at four ways and steps to identify your hair type.
- The Curl Pattern Method: Look at the shape of your curls or waves. Are they tight and coily, loose and wavy, or somewhere in between? This will help you determine if you have type 3 (curly), type 2 (wavy), or type 1 (straight) hair.
- The Porosity Test: Porosity is how well your hair absorbs and retains moisture. Hair with high porosity absorbs water quickly and easily. While hair with low porosity takes a while to absorb water.
- The Strand Test: When you want to determine the thickness or density of your hair, one uses strand test. Take a single strand of hair and hold it up to the light. When the strand is thick, then your hair is thick, if the strand is thin, then your hair is thin.
- The Elasticity Test: How stretchy your hair?. Wet a small section of your hair and gently pull it. Your hair is of normal elasticity if it stretches easily and returns to its original length. But if it stretches easily and does not return to its original length, then your hair is of low elasticity.
Combining these test will help identify your hair type and help you take better care of your hair.
Six Steps To Identify Your Hair Type
- Step 1: Wash your hair with a shampoo designed for a ‘normal’ hair type, wet your hair thoroughly, apply a small amount of shampoo to your scalp and massage it in. Rinse your hair thoroughly with water to remove all the shampoo. Do not use conditioner.
- Step 2: After washing your hair with shampoo, gently blot it with a towel to remove excess water. Do not rub your hair with the towel, as this can cause damage. Once you have blotted your hair, allow it to dry naturally, without using a hairdryer or rough toweling. This will help to preserve your hair’s natural oils and moisture.
- Step 3: Once your hair is dry, look at your natural texture. Is your hair totally straight or is there a slight kink? If your hair has waves, how many are there and are they lose or defined, regular or random? If you have curls, are they lose or tight, spirals, S-shaped or zigzag, or bouncy or stiff? Perhaps you have a mixture of textures? If so, what’s the overall effect?
- Step 4: Has frizz formed, or does your hair seem fluffy? Does it have a natural shine, look dry and dull, or is it a mixture of the two? Do the ends seem split and frayed?
- Step 5: To measure the thickness and texture of your individual strands, pull out a single hair and look at it in front of a piece of white paper. If the hair is barely visible and feels soft, it is fine. If it’s easy to see but still feels soft, your hair is medium. If it looks thick and feels wiry, your hair is coarse.
- Step 6: To measure the thickness of your hair, pull it back as if you were creating a ponytail, and measure the circumference of the tail (you can get a rough idea by seeing where your finger and thumb meet). If the circumference of the tail is five centimeters or less, you have fine hair. If it’s between five and ten centimeters, your hair is of medium thickness. If the circumference measures more than ten centimeters, you have thick hair.
With the above information, I hope that you are able to identify your hair type and have the knowledge how to care for it, including the appropriate hairstyles for your hair.
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