Before making your hair healthy and beautiful, you should first be clear about the texture and type of your hair. That is where this post comes to help! Go and give the following lines a read. And guess what, by the time you are done with the article, you would have a clear idea as to how you can make your hair the best it can be!
The texture of hair is determined by the thickness of your hair strand or its circumference or the condition of the cuticle. The circumference of fine hair is small and has a closed cuticle. Whereas coarse hair have large circumference and the cuticle tends to be more open, making the hair to be more porous. Whether your hair is wavy, straight, or curly, we have basically three hair textures – medium, fine, and thick.
1. Fine Hair:
Fine hair looks almost translucent when held in light. The strands shredded can be really hard to see even on a contrasting background. When you roll a strand of fine hair between your index finger and thumb, you would hardly feel it; it would feel like a strand of silk. They have only two hair structures, namely the cuticle and the cortex. They look thin and tend to break easily. This type of hair can easily be damaged. They have smooth consistency and are shiny, thus cannot hold hairstyles.
2. Medium Hair:
This type of hair texture is neither coarse nor fine. When rolled between your index finger and thumb you would feel the hair like a cotton thread. It is neither tough nor stiff. This type of hair has two layers of hair structure, namely the cuticle and the cortex and might have medulla as well. They do not tend to break easily. They also have a bounce.
3. Thick Hair:
Thick hair is also called coarse hair. Just try to roll a strand between your index finger and thumb. You’ll see that the coarse hair feels wiry and hard. You can actually hear your hair as you roll it back and forth. It is considered the strongest of all hair textures. They have all the three layers of the hair namely the cuticle, the medulla and the cortex. Since they are rough and heavy, they tend to hold several hairstyles quiet well.
Similar to different hair textures, human hair also comes in different hair types. Hair type is defined by the thickness and the amount of curl in a hair strand. There are basically four hair types – straight, wavy, curly, and tightly curled.
1. Type 1:
The type 1 hair has no curl pattern and is straight naturally. This type of hair is shiny and oily because of a lack of curl. Since the hair is straight, natural oil present in the scalp comes down to the hair shaft. There are three sub categories under type1. The first type is flat from the root up to the tip and doesn’t hold any curl. Many Asian girls tend to fall in this category. The second type of hair isn’t completely flat and has more body and will hold curls. They have bends here and there and the end tends to curl slightly. The third type of hair is straight, has a body and few areas are wavy. This type of hair also bends slightly.
2. Type 2:
Type 2 hair is naturally wavy and forms an S shape. This type of hair is neither oily nor dry. There are three sub categories under type 2. The first kind has loose and natural waves all over the scalp. They are not frizzy. The second kind has waves, which can easily be defined. This type of hair also doesn’t have a bounce. The final kind also has waves that form loose spiral curls. It is the frizziest of all the hair types in this category.
3. Type 3:
Type 2 hair is S shaped and naturally curly. They form ringlets, which can be defined without using any hair product. They tend to be dry and the natural oils found in the scalp are not heavy. There are three sub categories under type 3. The first kind is silky in texture and curls can be easily defined. The second kind of hair consists of spiral and springy curls and is prone to extreme frizziness without the use of styling products. The third kind of hair has oily curls; they are closely packed and look clumpy.
4. Type 4:
Type 4 hair is tightly curled and coiled. This type of hair keeps its shape whether it is dry or wet. It is extremely dry because of the shape of the hair strand. The natural oils do not come down to the tips. There are three sub categories under type 4. The first category of hair is tight and coily. The curls are springy and look cylindrical in shape. The second category of hair has tight patterns and can be clearly defined. The final hair type under this category is Z shaped and has a zigzag pattern. They look confusing and the texture ranges from fine to wiry and coarse. They shrink by more than half of its actual length.
How Can You Improve Your Hair Texture?
If you are looking for ways to make your hair look healthier and shiny, we have just the thing for you! Here are the best ingredients for your hair:
1. Coconut Oil:
Coconut oil helps in improving hair texture. It provides moisture to the hair, stimulates growth and prevents breakage and split ends. Regular massage with coconut oil can add length to your hair too.
Oranges contain enormous amount of vitamin C, which helps in promoting hair growth. They help in boosting up your hair volume and also improve your hair texture to a good extent.
3. Green Tea:
Not only is green tea good for your health, but is also good for your hair. It would significantly stimulate hair growth and conditions the hair. It also contains polyphenols and vitamin C, which give you lustrous looking hair .
4. Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera is enriched with nutrients that improve hair quality. It can be used as a hair conditioner, which promotes hair growth, strengthens it, prevents hair fall and reduces tangles.
Indian gooseberry, also known as Amla, helps in improving hair texture to a good extent. They are also rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Usage of amla helps in improving hair growth and also adds shine to it. Amla hair packs or mixing raw amla with coconut oil will nourish your hair and will also add good volume to it.
6. Olive Oil:
The easiest method of gaining thick and full hair is by the application of olive oil. Olive oil is enriched with antioxidants and vitamin E, which help in stimulating hair growth.
Eggs are rich in protein , which would help in giving you long and voluminous hair. They strengthen your hair shaft and improve the quality of your hair texture. The nutrients present in it prevent breakage. Egg and olive oil is a great pack to try, which would result in shiny and thick hair with persistent usage.
So, now you know your hair type and the means of making your hair healthier! Make sure your hair care regimen includes these ingredients to get beautiful hair!