What's Your Hair Type?
There are many factors to be considered when identifying your hair type. Things such as the hair density, the diameter of the individual hairs as well as things like porosity that impact your ability to absorb and retain moisture are all factors that impact the look and feel of the hair and make up your type. However, when considering what products to use to support your style we believe it is best to narrow in on the pattern of your strands.
At this point you are probably thinking, is this a big deal? Why should I know what my hair type is? And does it even matter? How important are shampoo and conditioner? Can a type of styling product really make a difference in my finished style?
The short answer is yes, you should know what your hair type is so that you can better educate yourself on the best products to support that pattern and keep it looking its best. The good news is that it is easy to figure out just by examining your hair strands closely.
There are 4 hair types:
Let's start with identifying your type. Observe your hair strand and determine which type you have. Your hair type comes from the tilt of your hair follicle and the way it grows into the scalp.
Hair that does not have a natural curl. It can be fine or coarse but does not bend throughout the strand.
Hair that has a loose, slight bend or wave throughout the strand.
Hair has loose loops that typically form a "S" pattern throughout the strand.
Hair has a stronger, tighter, "S" shaped curl throughout the strand. The curl pattern is tight enough to wrap around a pencil.
Grooming and Styling for your Type:
So now for the education.. Different hair types have different needs and react differently to certain products. The right products for your type will optimize the performance of your style and keep your hair looking and feeling its best.
The hair can get oily and weigh itself down so the right product is key. Dry shampoos and texture powders can help remove oil and give you a boost. Use a good daily shampoo like Floyd's Grooming Daily Shampoo and Conditioner to avoid weighing your hair down. To pump it up use Paul Mitchell Dry Shampoo to give your hair a boost.
Be careful of any products that are too heavy. Use a product that helps to define the curl versus straightening or flattening it. Revive Hair and Body Wash add great moisture to help keep the curl intact. Throw in Floyds Daily Conditioner to keep the moisture locked in.
The more you brush through, the more frizzy it can get. Lack of moisture is a challenge so use a product that helps to keep it in the hair. Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo and Paul Mitchell Hair and Scalp Treatment are fantastic to keep the curls intact and to help avoid frizzy hair.
Coily hair needs moisture. Avoid oils and rely on deep conditioners or masques instead. Paul Mitchell Clean Beauty Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner are perfect to keep the moisture locked in the hair. Add a deep conditioner such as Paul Mitchell Hair and Scalp Treatment a few times a week to maintain the same moisture level.
To recap, all shampoos and stylers are not the same. Technology and innovation have allowed us to have specifically designed products that are made just for your hair type. The key is understanding which hair type you have and then making sure you are selecting the right product. Your barber or stylist can help if you have questions. But now that you are armed with a little more info you can start seeking the right product out for you.
Start the year off strong by knowing your type and getting your hair in shape!