Options, options, options. There are so many hair care products on the market that cater to different hair types. But which one should you choose?
Well, if you don’t know what your hair type is, it can be difficult to purchase a product that speaks to your hair’s needs. How often do you find yourself buying a product that perhaps promises to assist with brittle hair and after many uses, you don’t see an improvement in your hair?
Well, the easy answer is that the product is not tailored to your hair type. But how do you know what your hair type is? Read on to find out…
Hair porosity is determined by the way your hair absorbs moisture and products. If you’ve never tested this yet, you can easily do this at home. Wash your hair with shampoo and fill a cup or a bowl with water. Dip a hair strand into the cup or bowl of water and check for the following:
High porosity: If your hair sinks all the way to the bottom, you have high hair porosity. When your hair cuticle is damaged as a result of chemical treatments and heat products, it results in highly porous hair. This means that whenever you apply a hair product, your hair soaks it up quickly and you may find yourself applying more afterwards. To avoid this, refrain from using heat on your hair and if you really must, use a moisturising serum before blow-drying.
Medium or normal porosity: If the hair floats somewhere in the middle of the water, it has normal porosity. This hair type takes in the right amount of moisture and is less prone to damage. After washing with shampoo, your hair feels wet, but not sticky. It does not require a lot of maintenance and can hold any hairstyle effortlessly.
Low porosity: If your hair floats on top of the water, your hair has low porosity. Hair with low porosity means that the hair cuticle is flat and water doesn’t get easily absorbed – the product remains (outside) of the hair cuticle. To avoid this, evenly distribute products through your hair and apply products to slightly damp hair.
Hair elasticity is determined by how much your hair stretches when it is wet. When your hair is healthy and it gets wet, it will stretch up to 50 per cent of its original length. When this hair returns to its regular shape, it does not break. Conversely, dry and brittle hair can only stretch to about 20 per cent. Test the elasticity of your hair after washing the hair and select a wet strand of hair from four different areas of your head. Hold the strand of hair tightly between your fingertips and stretch the hair. Your hair has good elasticity if, after stretching the strand, it returns to its original length when released. However, if the strand does not return to its normal shape or if it breaks while stretching, you have low elasticity.
This is determined by how much hair you have on your scalp. To find out what your hair density is, take the front section of your hair and pull it to the opposite side. If you easily see your scalp through your hair, your hair has a thin density. If you can’t see your scalp, your hair has a thick density. If you can partially see your scalp, your hair has a medium density.
Hair diameter refers to the thickness of your strands. This is one of the best and most accurate ways of figuring out what your hair type is. To determine how thick your hair is, take a single strand of hair and position it between your index and middle finger. Alternatively, you may lay it flat on a surface. If the hair strand looks and feels thick between your fingers, then your hair is thick. If you can barely see or feel the strand, your hair is fine or thin. However, if it’s somewhere in-between, you have medium hair.
Type 1: Straight Hair
This type of hair maintains its straightness and does not curl despite wetting the hair and using curl products. Typically, people with this hair type have fine hair. Use the Mizani miracle length serum to promote hair growth and give your hair a healthy shine.
Type 2: Wavy Hair
This hair type, even though it is a hair extension, is classified as naturally wavy. This means that although the hair is straightened with a curling product, eventually, it moves back to it’s normal, wavy state. The hair is neither straight nor curly. People with this type of hair have curls down the lower lengths of the hair. The hair is usually thick and can hold hairstyles well. Try the On Wig ‘n Weave argan and coconut lusteriser oil targeted to impart the maximum amount of moisture properties on human hair, wig and weaves.
Type 3: Curly Hair
The hair is naturally curly and is often shaped in an ‘s’ pattern – some have loose curls, and others have tighter curls. Despite the amount of straightening products used on this hair type, the curls remain, especially when the hair is wet. This type of hair can frizz and get tangled easily. To enhance and define your curls and coils while controlling frizz, use the calmond and avocado defining creme gel from Design Essentials.
Type 4: Textured Hair
Although the hair looks big and thick, the texture is soft. The curls resemble a ‘z’ shape, and the hair is prone to damage if the correct products are not used. Use the Native Child 100% Raw Shea Butter to moisturise your scalp and hydrate the hair.
There are several products tailored to your hair type. Visit our hair category that is frequently updated with great products suited to all hair types and be sure to complete a hair consultation form for a tailor-made hair care product package suited to your needs.