For many women, their hair is their pride and joy. Every woman's hair is different and beautiful in its own way.
The way you style your hair is a matter of preference, but you probably already know that your hair has certain limitations. Maybe they tend to frizz easily or they just don't want to hold a curl. These are qualities that you cannot control, but you can learn to work around them.
To have healthy and beautiful hair, it is essential to know your hair type and take care of it.
Let's take a look at the different hair types and textures together!
What is your hair type?
What you might not realize is that there are a dozen different subcategories of hair types, each with a very specific description. Knowing your hair type is the key to taking proper care of it.
Here is an overview of the twelve different hair types:
Type 1 - Straight hair
Type 2 - Wavy hair
Type 3 - Curly hair
Type 4 - Frizzy hair
Now, let's take a closer look at each of these hair types and their subcategories.
Type 1: Straight hair
If you have hair of this type, it is straight and can tend to get greasy and shiny. Straight hair grows greasy faster than curly hair because the scalp's sebum travels faster along the hair shaft. There are three subcategories for straight hair:
Type 1A - More common in women of Asian origin, type 1A hair is very straight and thin.
Type 1B - Always very straight, type 1B hair is thicker, of medium texture and more voluminous.
Type 1C - Although still straight, this type of hair is very thick and shiny.
Type 2: Wavy hair
Hair of this type has a natural wave, and it tends to be thicker than hair of type 1. The subtypes are divided by the thickness of the hair and the shape of the waves. There are three subcategories for wavy hair:
Type 2A - This type of hair is very fine and thin with S-shaped waves - it is also easy to style.
Type 2B - A little more frizzy than type 2A, this hair type is wavy and moderately thick.
Type 2C - This type of hair is wavy and thick - it is prone to frizzy and difficult to style.
Type 3: Curly hair
This type of hair is definitely curly - usually the kind of curls that relax when the hair is wet but become curly again when it dries. Curly hair has clearly defined, elastic curls and it tends to be easy to style. There are three subcategories for curly hair:
Type 3A - This hair has well-defined curls with a thick texture and a lot of shine, but can be frizzy.
Type 3B - Hair of this type has tighter curls and can have a combination of textures.
Type 3C - This type of hair has very tight curls or crackles and is generally easy to style.
Type 4: Frizzy hair
Kinky type hair has very tight curls that are sometimes well defined. They tend to have a fairly thick texture, but are also sensitive and susceptible to heat and product damage. There are three different subcategories for frizzy hair:
Type 4A - This hair type is soft in texture and features tight, well-defined curls or frizz.
Type 4B - Hair of this type has very tight curls, but it is less defined, soft and brittle.
Type 4C - This type of hair has such tight curls that it may not even look curly at all.
In addition to the different types of hair, one must also consider the different textures. The texture of your hair is usually a description of its circumference or thickness.
Fine hair tends to be thin and brittle. Each hair is made up of two layers, the cortex and the cuticle. Fine hair can become greasy or oily very quickly. They also tend to be weighed down by the product and break more easily than thicker hair.
Medium hair is thicker than thin hair, and that's what most women have. Hair of this texture still has two layers - the cortex and the cuticle - but some women may have a third layer of hair called the medulla. Hair of medium thickness tends to hold the hairstyle better than thin hair and has more volume. They are also less prone to breakage.
Thick hair has three layers - the cortex, cuticle, and medulla - and it looks bulkier than thin or medium hair. Thick hair holds the hairstyle well and tolerates heat, products and hair dyes better than other textures. They are also less prone to breakage, they can get frizzy in humid weather and take longer to dry.
Now that you know the different hair types, do you know what your hair type is?