Determine your haIr type with these easy steps
Raise your hand if you have ever felt personally victimized by hair care products. Don’t be afraid, you are not alone! Investing in product for your hair should not feel like a Mean Girls moment. Most of us have a stylist that often helps us build our arsenal of salon worthy hair care products, but that doesn’t mean that we know what is being used and why it is being used in our hair. We’re here here to help you! No longer are the days of stockpiling a product graveyard under your bathroom sink necessary. In this post we are going to determine your hair type in just a few easy steps. By determining your specific hair type, you will be able to understand, and even choose, what products work best for you!
In order to determine the products best suited for your hair type it is important to understand density, texture, curl pattern, and even the type of skin you have. In this post we are going to create a fool-proof plan to help you to understand each of these categories.
Let’s start off easy! Density is the amount of hairs per square inch on your scalp. I know what you’re thinking, “how in the world am I going to figure that out?” Easy, start by taking a diagonal parting. Once your hair is parted and out of the way, take a peek at your scalp. How much of your scalp can you see? If you can hardly see any of your scalp you have high density, or thick hair. If you have a fairly visible view of your scalp you’re more on the medium density side. If you can see quite a bit of exposed scalp it’s low density. By determining what your density is, you are starting your foundation of understanding which products work best for you. Density can determine a lot when it comes to product, I find it best to begin your hair journey by creating a firm foundation and the best foundation for hair begins with shampoo and conditioner. With little to no knowledge about your hair, density is a great place to decide what kind of shampoo and conditioner works best in your hair. You don’t want to start off a style being weighed down or without enough control.
Next up, texture! This one can be a little more difficult to understand, however, it’s extremely important to understand. Your texture determines how much control, moisture, and hold you need. These are just a few things that can affect your style based solely on your texture. To determine your texture take a single strand of your hair between your fingers. Now, roll the strand between your fingers. Can you feel it? What does it feel like? If it feels like a thread of wool, you have a coarse texture. If it feels like a thread of cotton, you have a medium texture. If it feels like a thread of silk, you have a fine texture. Hair strands are made up of three different parts, the outer layer is the cuticle layer, much like fish scales. These cuticle layers overlap to create a protective layer. The more coarse your hair is, the more cuticle layers. The more fine your hair, the fewer layers. With finer textures, your hair needs lighter, more airy products. This will keep you from weighing down your strands and maintaining volume. With more coarse textures, you can use heavier more oil based products. These will help you to have control and shine, which most coarse textures lack.
Straight, wavy, or curly, no matter how much curling, flat ironing, or blow drying you do, it is important to know your natural curl pattern. By understanding what type of curl, or lack of curl, you have, you can start building a moisture packed, or volumizing, arsenal of product! For curlier hair types, moisture is key. Just when you think your locks are fully hydrated give them just a little more moisture. Curly hair tends to be dry. Due to the long curly distance the natural oil on your scalp has to travel, your curls are always a little thirsty. Help them out by coating them in your favorite hydrating hair product. For straighter hair types, find some of your favorite buildable, volumizing products. Not all hair is created equally, so by using something buildable you can control the added lift and texture.
Finally, knowing your skin type is essential when deciding which products are best for you. There are four main skin types: oily, dry, normal, and combination. For oily skin types products such as dry shampoos, texture sprays, and cleansing shampoos work best! This helps to prolong your washes, and keep your scalp and hair happy and healthy. For dry skin types we like to keep things gentle and hydrating. With dry scalp can come some discomfort and itchiness. Start off with hydrating shampoo and conditioner, keeping your wash days to a minimum, and try nourishing creams and sprays.
Overall, we at AUDACE hope that this will help you to understand why we choose the products we do while we have the privilege of doing your hair.
By Rodnee Stilwell