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Whats my hair texture and why does it matter?

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

Know your hair series - Part 1

When was the last time you walked into a salon and the stylist recommended a hair care regimen based your hair texture? Even more so when was the last time you bought something for your home hair treatment based on your unique hair. Most often we all go chasing after the next “fountain of growth” miracle product simply based on what worked well for that lady you met at the pharmacy and had a 5 min chat with after you saw how awesome her hair looks. The first step to knowing what will work for your hair is to know your hair.


A lot of us begin our hair journey the same place, with knowledge passed down mostly from our mothers and others that helped take care of our hair in our younger years. We very often take that for granted and continue with these practices into adulthood without ever questioning the underlying properties of our hair. Often by chance or trial and error some of us learn what works for our unique hair but a lot of us stumble through in more or less the same way:


shampoo,

condition,

stretch/straighten,

get new hair style,

keep style for a month ( sometimes 3 months),

and repeat





Most of us do this without ever thinking about what’s best for our underlying hair texture, simply because its the way we have always done it. The first step to knowing whats best for your hair is to know your hair. Join us as we dissect the many nuances of hair texture including curl types density, thickness and Porosity. In this article we will focus on hair types , we shall discuss the other elements, Porosity, Density and width in upcoming articles.




Hair Types

Hair Typing is primarily based on your hair’s curl pattern. There are 4 very broad, very general hair types( straight, wavy, curly, and coily)

which are further divided into sub categories based on the tightness or looseness of the curls and coils. For the purposes of this article we are going to focus on Type 4 hair (the Afro hair texture) and take a deep dive into the kinks and curls of this most versatile of hair types.


All Type 4 hair is thin and coarse (compared to type 1 to 3) as it has the fewest cuticle layers to protect it from dryness which makes it more fragile than other hair types (the cuticle retains hydration and protects hair from damage). Because of the kinks and angles of type 4 hair, scalp oils can’t

easily lubricate your hair strands. A common misconception is that type 4 hair doesn’t grow long, but it actually can, the only difference being that it requires more care to avoid breakage. You can alter your curl pattern with heat or chemicals (relaxing, texturizing, hot combing), and your curl pattern can be changed somewhat by hormones or medication but your basic curl pattern is in your DNA. The top priorities with type 4 hair are maintaining moisture, avoiding tangles and counteracting shrinkage.