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Hair comes in a variety of different textures. When considering the texture of hair, there are three main aspects to consider: curl pattern, hair thickness and density. There are other aspects to consider as well.
Here are a few hair and texture type systems to work with in order to make a thorough assessment of textured hair. It allows you to evaluate your hair and determine its unique properties and needs by combining different classifiers to evaluate your hair texture. The systems used include the Natural Curl Texture System and the Global Hair Texture System. However, the first thing we will do is hair texture.
What is Hair Texture?
People often confuse hair texture with curl pattern, which are two different things. Hair texture is not what your hand feels like when you move it through your hair, but rather the thickness of individual hairs. You may also hear it referred to as the diameter of the hair.
There are three types of hair textures: fine, medium and coarse.
You can help determine the texture of your hair by using a piece of thread. Compare the piece of thread to a strand of your hair. If the hair is finer than the strand, then you have fine hair texture. If they are equal, then it is medium. If it is larger in diameter than the strand, then it is considered coarse or thick hair.
Fine Hair Textures
Fine hair is the most fragile texture and can be easily damaged. Contrary to popular belief, people with finer hair
People with finer hair tend to have more hair than people with thicker strands. Fine hair may tend to be
to be more oily than other types of hair. For those with fine hair, you may find it difficult to keep a
your hair light enough to sit flat on your head. Voluminous hair is often desired, but not often
achieved. Structurally, fine hair has two layers of hair – the cortex and the cuticle.
Natural Fine Hair Texture:
- Does not hold hair well
- May be weighed down by heavy products, causing hair to look loose
- May look thin
- Is prone to breakage because of its fragility
Medium Hair Textures
Medium hair is the most common hair type and usually covers the scalp well. This hair type is not as fragile as fine hair and can be easily manipulated into styles. Structurally, medium-textured hair usually has two layers – the cortex and the cuticle – and may contain the medulla.
Medium Natural Hair Texture:
- Can hold a style well
- Usually looks thick and covers the scalp well
- Does not break as easily as fine hair
Thick or Coarse Hair
This hair is strong in texture because structurally, it contains all three hair layers – cortex, cuticle and medulla. The medulla is the innermost layer of the hair shaft and is almost a series of voids. It is an area filled primarily with air and protein. This hair type usually takes longer to dry than other hair types and is resistant to various chemical treatments. It tolerates heat well and resists breakage better than fine or medium hair.
Thick Natural Hair Texture:
- Looks full.
- Holds hairstyle well
- Can tolerate higher levels of heat
- Resists hair coloring and chemical relaxers
Curly hair is usually thick, but not always. Hair stylists say your curls need to have some weight to pull the hair down. The weight keeps the hair from shrinking up and poofing out. The longer your hair is, the heavier your curls will be. However, it is not mandatory to always have long spirals hanging down. It depends on your own personal style and how you present yourself. If you can pull off a short, curly look, then don’t hesitate
If you have fine hair, avoid long hair
The rule for fine textured hair is the opposite. While curly hair looks good when thickened, fine or thin hair looks better when cut short. Here’s why. The reason is that fine hair looks too heavy and the lack of volume combined with a tendency to be oily can be uncomfortable.
Shorter haircuts are the best solution for thin, oily hair, but that doesn’t mean you can never have Rapunzel-like hair.
Layered hairstyles for all hair types
Layered hairstyles can provide you with a new and fresh look! For all hair types, layers can be complementary. With the diversity of layering techniques, you can fix any facial features that are too exaggerated. For example, if you have thinning hair and a slender face, layers can fix this and make your face look fuller.
However, layered hair requires more attention and consistent care. If you are not willing to take care of them, then these layers may end up being unhealthy.
What is the best product for each hair type?
Each hair type has its advantages and disadvantages. Fine hair needs volume because it tends to lack volume; for this reason, you should buy a volumizing shampoo. It is perfect for adding the extra volume that fine hair needs. You only need to shampoo your hair 2-3 times a week to see results.
For fine hair, you may also want to look for a dry shampoo to deal with the excess oil that may accumulate on your scalp. Choose a shampoo that effectively removes excess moisture to add volume and make your hair look fresher.
On the other hand, if you have thicker hair, you may face dryness. Purchase a moisturizing shampoo that will provide extra moisture and help trap existing moisture inside.
The best hair tools for your hair type
Each hair type requires its own set of hairdressing tools. Fine, straight hair can withstand the intense heat of a blow dryer because they already have a layer of moisture and oil to help protect the hair. You may want to purchase a brush that can reach the roots to help add some volume to your hair during the combing process as well as bring some oil from the scalp down to the ends. A cylinder brush that has natural bristles can prove to be the best for this purpose.
In the case of curly hair, blow drying can be a bit tricky. You don’t want to put extra heat on your hair because it already tends to dry out. Get a diffuser attachment for your blow dryer to get rid of moisture effectively and efficiently. A hair dryer with a variable heat control option is another great option for those with curly hair.
Naturally Straight hair is the strongest type and reflects light the best, giving it a shiny appearance. A challenge with curly hair is that it resists curling and usually requires the use of chemicals to finish permanently.
Wavy hair has s-shaped curls along its length, or most of the hair looks straight with a slight bend at the ends. Wavy hair is easily curled and requires attention to achieve the perfect wave.
Curly hair tends to be all over the length of the hair. The thickness of the hair can range from fine to coarse, but is most commonly fine. The biggest challenges with curly hair types are frizz, lack of curl definition, shrinkage and dryness, and to a lesser extent, dryness.
This type of hair has the tightest curls, from fine to coarse, with s and z curls and everything in between! It is the most fragile. It is the most fragile of all types. If the definition of curly hair is a challenge for curly hair types, it is almost impossible for kinky curly hair. In addition, shrinkage and dryness are two issues that need to be constantly fought.