Many factors determine your hair type. Determine your hair type with the tips below:
The number of individual hair strands.
Grab a big section of your hair and pull it aside. The extent to which you can see your scalp determines your hair density.
Thin : Scalp easily visible, your hair is scantily placed.
Medium : Scalp partially visible from underneath your hair.
Thick : Scalp hardly visible.
Width of an individual hair strand.
Hold a single strand of your hair between your thumb and index fingers.
Thin: Barely feel the strand between your fingers. In some cases, the hair strand can be so thin that it is not even visible.
Medium: Feel the hair strand slightly.
Thick: Distinctly feel the hair strand.
Hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture due to the number of pores on the cuticle.
Submerge a single hair strand in a cup of water.
High : Hair strand sinks to the bottom. More prone to damage as it can readily absorb chemicals from products. Gets frizzy and rough easily. Hair may also dry up quickly after washing. Indicates a high number of pores in the hair cuticle due to genetics or external agents (humidity, pollution, chemical procedures, heat etc). Hair feels like it is never hydrated enough.
Medium/Normal: Strand floating in between the water. Takes in the correct amount of moisture. After washing, hair feels wet, but not sticky. Does not require a lot of maintenance and can hold any hairstyle effortlessly. Less prone to damage.
Low : Hair strand floats on the surface. Takes a long time to dry. Hair cuticles have fewer pores, which minimize hair’s capacity to absorb water. Water tends to remain on the surface of the cuticle, and products used often get settled on top of your hair rather than sinking in. After a wash, hair stays wet for long hours and feels sticky.
How frequently you need to wash your hair.
Perform patch test on scalp after washing and air drying hair. Press a tissue against scalp, especially near the crown of your head and behind your ears. The amount of oil deposited on the tissue will determine how oily your hair is.
Oily: Heavily greasy patch on tissue. This means you need to wash your hair 4 to 5 times a week.
Normal: Very light evidence of oil. You can wash your hair 1 to 2 times a week.
Dry: No oil deposited on the tissue. This indicates a lack of hydration. Use products that can add and retain moisture in your locks.
Combination: Oil deposits from only specific regions of scalp. Often, the hair behind your ears and over the temples secretes a high amount of oil.
The extent to which a single hair strand can stretch before returning to its normal state.
Pluck a wet hair strand and stretch it as much as you can.
High: Hair strand stretches a long way without breaking immediately. This means stronger hair. High elasticity hair (when wet) can stretch up to 50% of its original length before it breaks. Often, coarse hair is highly elastic.
Medium: Stretches to some extent before breaking. Strengthen hair using hair masks and oils.
Low: Hair snaps almost immediately after stretching. Tends to be limp and brittle. Requires special attention with respect to the products used on it. Harsh chemicals can diminish hair elasticity. It is essential to choose shampoos that strengthen hair cuticles.
The tilt of the hair follicle and the way it grows into the scalp.
|Straight||1||Lies flat from root to tip. Soft, silky texture. Often fine density and oily.|
|Wavy||2||Slight curl pattern.Holds styles well. Varies by density.||Thin||Medium||Thick|
|Curly||3||Defined “S” pattern hair strands. Prone to frizz and can get tangled quickly.||Loose||Medium||Tight|
|Coily||4||Tight “Z” pattern curls. Fragile, soft and high density.||Soft||Wiry||Extra Wiry|
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