With several products and even home remedies available on the go for your hair, it is essential to understand that not all products and methods work for every hair type. Since not knowing what exactly our hair type is can lead to an unnecessary amount of investment in hair care products, it’s time to follow these easy three steps to get to know your hair better!
The Shower Test
The next time you wash your locks, forget about all lengthy routines, be it a sulfate-free shampoo or a protein conditioner. Wet your hair thoroughly and stand in front of the mirror or put your head with all your hair falling upside down. Now take a good look at your wet hair and see if it is straight, wavy, or curly. To better understand your hair type, since some wavy-haired people might find their hair to be straight when wet, scrunch and plop your hair when upside down to find its actual pattern. An extra tip post-shower is to check if your hair is frizzy or not because frizzy hair is simply wavy or curly hair that needs moisture.
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The Float or Sink Test
This test is as simple as it gets when it comes to testing out your hair porosity. Hair porosity is the ability of your hair to absorb and retain moisture through a layer of your hair called the cuticle. Low porosity literally translates to lower and slower absorption, while high porosity has higher and faster absorption. When your is completely dry, take a few strands of already fallen hair and drop it in a glass of water. If it sinks in immediately, then you have low porosity; if it stays for a while before sinking, then it’s medium porosity; if it stays afloat, then it’s high porosity!
The Curl Pattern Chart
According to the universal hair pattern chart, it is crucial to understand that every hair type has a number and letter assigned to it in order to differentiate efficiently. Your hair might range from anywhere between 1A straight hair to 4C tight curls. Remember that sometimes people might have multiple types of hair too. For example, your ends might be 3A curls, and your lengths might be 2B waves. Refer to the below image to identify your actual hair type.
Now that you’ve successfully identified your hair type, you can invest accordingly in hair masks, shampoos, conditioners, serums, and whatnot! Always listen to your hair in different weather conditions to best take care of it since knowing its actual condition is the only way you can find proper solutions for your hair issues.
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