What’s Your Type?
Every woman is unique!
Cliche you say? Well, it is actually, factually the polar-opposite of any cliché out there. From the tips of her toes to every follicle of her hair, each and every woman is beautifully and diversely made.
Focusing on the top of the matter, a woman’s pride and glory, her hair, is where some would state to be the most individualizing quality amongst women. And being that women do make up about 50% of the world’s population, there had to be some common ground found for their hair. In other words, if we couldn’t find a way to classify our hair, the world would be in an epidemical mayhem. Women, salons, beauty suppliers and all else in catastrophic confusion, trying to find a solution to “taming the mane” without stressing the tress.
If you find you find yourself tailored to the I haven’t a clue what hair-type I am, or the I’m pretty sure, but I’d like to double-check, or even the I know my hair, but like to know more about it category, then the information below will do you justice! Embrace the knowledge that comes with understanding, loving and caring for your natural hair.
Hair Textures (Natural State) :
Hair Type: Straight –
#1 Rule for All Hair Types: Treat your hair in the way you want to be treated.
Having a hair type of straightness is pretty self-explanatory. No matter how many times you may curl it, perm it (to be curly and add texture), it’s natural state will always return to being straight again.
The most important thing to remember about having straight hair is to not over process it in the attempt to give it more oophm or pizzaz. Do not add product after product, one curling ironing routine after the other, to force your hair into a submissive style that will later damage it.
Instead find different ways to style it while it is still in its natural state. There are millions of decorative and flattering accessories out there perfect for your straight mane. And on the plus side your hair is very manageable, even if you’re having one of those “bad hair days.”
Hair Type: Wavy –
2# Rule For all Hair Types: Just because it works for her, doesn’t always mean it will work for you.
Woman with the texture of wavy hair, when wet, hair will form a loosely shaped ‘S’ pattern. Your texture can range from thin, to somewhat thick, to very thick and coarse; with waves for days!
If you have…
Thin waves: Usually curly hair that is naturally big or voluminous, loose and usually very shiny; with the circumference similar to that of sidewalk chalk.
Medium thick: Typically consist of a medium amount of curl, from bouncy ringlets to tight corkscrews; original-Sharpie marker circumferential.
Very thick and Coarse Curls: Have a fuller look, bounce and feel to them, with a tighter corkscrew quality in appearance.
For the wavy-hair-woman you’ll need to tackle frizziness, as it will be your greatest obstacle. However, be sure to use products that are light on your hair so that, even if you have it straightened, when it is returning to it’s wavy state, your hair doesn’t appear in a frenzy of frizz and with gucky residue in it’s style.
Hair Type: Curly –
#3 rule for all hair types: There is a fine line between the right and wrong way to manipulate your pattern.
Within dealing with this genre of curly hair, when hair is wet, it will generally appear straight. Once the hair has dried, a curl pattern will become visible.
Humidity seems to make curly hair even curlier and a bit more wild. In most cases there is also a fasco of frizz for humified curls.
When it comes to natural body, this hair has lots of it, and tends to be pretty easy to style. It can even be easily straightened with a blow drier; and is shiny, if properly moisturized, with small curls and plenty of elasticity in it’s natural state. There is a definite loopy “S” pattern in a ringlet-corkscrew-like fashion with a circumference of that of a crayon. With curls that are well-defined as well as springy, curly hair isn’t as coarse as many believe, it is soft and easily manageable; there’s just a lot of it.
Length is a factor in curl definition, as shorter hair tends to be straighter, and long hair tends to have a tighter curl pattern. It is quite common to see a mixture of both in one head full of hair.The biggest contributing factor you’ll need to focus on tackling is dryness and frizziness. And since curly hair is a combination of being straight and tightly wavy with a little kink, there are plenty of products available that aid in moisturize, as well as products that manage friziness. It is most wise to find a product that does both for less hassle and more savings.
Hair Type: Kinky (Kinky Curly) –
#4 rule for hair of all types: It is never too late to understand what your hair is really all about. If you’re having trouble gauging your own hair type, go to a salon that offers (free) consultations and go from there. Remember, the first step to figuring out something you don’t know, is to ask.
Kinky hair as well as kinky curly hair types are tightly coiled textured and extremely delicate. They requires lots of care, and are known to lack in shine, even though hair may be in a healthy state. However, do not be discouraged, this hair type does have a natural sheen and beautiful bounced if styled right.
When wet this kind of hair is usually soft and fine by nature. Although described as kinky, do not be mistaken, as this hair type has curls, and many-many of them! These particular curls are very tight, and require much attention.
The majority of African American women have this hair type, and/ or at least some patches of it.
Kinky and Kinky Curly hair can range from sets of tightly coiled patterns to possessing a less defined and slightly more loose look and feel. Both sets of hair, however, when stretched, have either a strict S or Z pattern. It does not bend or actually curl in traditional forms, but instead bends in very sharp angles similar to the letter S or Z; with lots and lots of strands densely packed together. Getting this type of hair to blow dry straighten is more challenging than for a majority of other hair types, but usually can be done with a fair amount of effort.
All kinky hair needs extra moisture and tender-loving care because it can be fragile. When detangling, do-so with a lot of conditioner in your hair and use a comb or detangling brush. Never-ever use a comb or brush of any kind on dry hair. After washing, let hair air dry for the best results kinky-curly hair has to offer.
Be sure to keep in mind that kinky hair has fewer cuticle layers than any other hair type, which means that it has less natural protection from the damage you inflict by combing, brushing, curling, blow-drying and straightening it. Also remember that it is known to shrink up to 75% of the actual hair length and can present itself to be longer and fuller when styled and/or straightened.
Kinky and kinky curly hair have a cotton-like feel to them. When searching for the perfect product for this hair type, you’re looking for moisture and curl definition.
Any product you select should help with either or both. If not, you’re wasting some serious money.
Natural hair is a fabulous thing, but to get the most out of your hair, it is best to learn your hair type, and choose products and hairstyles that work for your particular curl pattern.
For the newly natural, it can be a confusing ordeal to learn your hair type, but once discovered, will make your life as a natural diva that much easier.