Hello Hair: You’re My Type! Let Me Take Care of You

August 13, 2020

Hello Hair: You’re My Type! Let Me Take Care of You

Hey, beautiful! It’s a wonderfully diverse world we live in today and the freedom to express ourselves varies more than the colors of the rainbow. It’s a fantastic age to be alive! When it comes to our hairstyles, this unique adventure is just as amazing and can bring us on a roller-coaster ride for thrills and options to choose from.

However, I was today years l when I found out my hair type – 2A. With this knowledge, I have seen how different hair types need different care as well and this is just an absolute joy ride to get into. Let’s go and explore them!

So what are the different hair types and how can you determine yours?

Hair Type Chart

As someone who’s been constantly struggling with caring for my thin wavy hair, I consider it a gold-mine-find to stumble upon this video online. It featured taking proper care for different hair types and here is when it featured the Andre Walker Hair Typing System.

The Andre Walker Hair Typing System is a classification system for hair types created in the 1990s by Oprah Winfrey's stylist Andre Walker. It was originally created to market Walker's line of hair care products but has since been widely adopted as a hair type classification system. Each of the 4 Types has subcategories, too. These definitely helped me understand caring for my hair better.

Let me share with you some of the things I’ve learned

Awareness is the key! Knowing your hair type lays out the foundation for how to give is the TLC it needs. Our natural hair type is based on genetics. Of course, since there are many ways to style our hair we can transform it any way we want. Bottom line is, hair type depends on the natural curl pattern of our crowning glory.

Type 1 – Straight Hair (Type 1)

If you have straight hair with hardly any curling, this means that you are Type A. It can be thin or fine and even thick and full volume. As long as it is straight, this is your turf.

Straight hair

If it is leaning more on the fine strand type, it will be very easy to style. It will, however, be prone to getting dirty or feeling oily faster. You would be better off avoiding essential oils and just stick with clarifying shampoo and a light conditioner. Also, go easy on high heat styling this will easily damage your hair. Heat in general is not a friend of our hair. Use it sparingly. What you can do is use the cool setting on your blow-dyer. Go easy on those thin strands. Use a spray to keep it safe from the sun and to avoid frizz, too.

If it is full and thick, you would most likely have a hard time making it stay curled. The thickness alone would be sure to tire out your arms when curling it on your own! The hair density, plus pull of gravity, will keep your hair from staying curled too long. Now, this is not a bad thing! A lot of women spend thousands just to get sleek, straight hair. If you have it, flaunt it and enhance it! Most importantly, help it stay healthy.

You may use dry shampoo as a great alternative to regular shampoo. Dry shampoo helps lessen the oil build-up on the scalp and you would not need to blow dry your thick tresses daily, either. This will save your hair from the heat and yourself some time in the morning.

Type 2 – Wavy Hair (Type 2)

I belong in this category and I realized how poorly I had been treating my wavy locks. It starts with using the right tools. I have always just used my favorite wide-toothed comb and had been too lazy to do more than that after-shower combing. I learned that I was supposed to use a good detangler brush and a paddle brush to stimulate my scalp. This was seriously life-changing! It has helped my usually unruly waves to be so much more consistently wavy and full. My hair doesn’t seem any thicker but it feels so much healthier. It looks shinier, too!

Wavy Hair

Brushing helps stimulate my scalp and distribute the natural oils to the strands. I personally love this boar bristle brush I have been using for a month now. Brushing while watching TV has also become a very relaxing habit for me.

Easily rock those sexy beach waves with just the right amount of product, too! Since wavy hair is prone to dryness and frizz, using a serum to lock in moisture will surely do wonders. For everyday care, a light conditioner will help maintain shine and bounce.

Let your hair down and set those waves free! Air drying our wavy locks after the shower will do the trick and lessen dryness that leads to breakage. Applying essential oils like jojoba or mustard oil to the ends can help lessen split ends.

Type 3 – Curly Hair (Type 3)

Believe it or not, curly hair is actually much more prone to breakage and dryness than straight hair. It means that your locks and ringlets need more moisturizing conditioners and volumizing products to keep the body, volume, and bounce.

On the other hand, curly hair is not too sensitive about blow-drying and it doesn’t get too greasy easily. This doesn’t mean that your scalp can remain neglected for long periods of time.

Depending on the thickness of your hair, you will still need to shampoo at least once or twice a week. Using the right type of brush for styling and everyday maintenance can also do wonders for maintaining those luscious curls.

Curly Hair

After stepping out of the shower, opt for a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair first. Please don't brush right away, but if you must, make sure you have conditioned your hair enough to avoid breakage. Remember to also be gentle with the brushing.

Our hair is so much more susceptible to breakage after washing because of the stimulation from shampooing or the warm water we used. Experts advise to not rub your hair with a towel. Instead, scrunch it or gently press it to dry between the towel fold. The less the friction, the better! Avoid putting it in a towel turban for too long as the heavy, wet towel and gravity work together to hurt your roots and pull the hair which can lead to thinning at some parts.

Type 4 – Coily Hair (Type 4)

Whether you are sporting spirals, corkscrew patterns, or tight coils, it means that your haircare will need extra TLC as it has been said that coily to kinky hair tends to be more thin and fragile. It looks thicker because of the density of your curls but it is really sensitive.

However, coily hair does not get too oily. In fact, taking care of your ringlets with essential oil-rich products is actually very beneficial to you. For more volume, use a mousse that boosts the body of your glorious coils.

Coily Hair

As for the perfect length, it is recommended to have shoulder-length hair or a little shorter to enhance the spirals and coils of your lovely hair.

After the shower, towel and pat dry until no longer dripping and fifteen minutes on medium to cool setting will have you up and ready to go! At the end of the day, lay it on a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce friction.

And there you have it, ladies! Beauty in every you! Rock the hair that you have, love it, take care of it. Use only hair care products the truly celebrate the natural you with safe and organic products. You do not need to spend a fortune just to take care of your crowning glory. Know your type and go from there.

When I found out what my hair type is and how to properly take care of it, adjustments had to be made. There were some products and hair items that I had to get rid of or stop using. Some I gave to my friends since it fits their hair type better. You might even say that I started from scratch! But hey, you gotta do what you gotta do to have that healthy hair feel and maximize the type of hair I have.

What got me excited - and this is pretty counterproductive for my wallet, haha, was to buy some products that I needed. In the end, I ended up buying just a few new items to add to my arsenal. All is well.

And there you have it, beautiful people! Celebrate your uniqueness with the way you wear your hair. Have fun and get yourself out there! I am excited to hear what your hair type is and what you did to make sure your locks are properly taken care of. Share your tips in the comment section and let us learn from each other. Just remember, hair care is essential to keep your locks healthy and ready for whatever the world brings!

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