How to tell what texture your hair is?

Have you ever wondered what your hair texture is and how it affects the way you style or care for your hair? Well, look no further, as we’ve got you covered. This guide will help you identify your hair texture, so that you can determine which products and styles are best suited for your tresses.

Understanding Hair Texture

Before diving into the different types of hair textures, let’s have a quick understanding of what hair texture means. Simply put, it refers to the circumference of individual strands of hair – whether they are fine or thick; straight, wavy or curly; and coarse or silk-like.

It’s essential to understand your unique texture to find appropriate styling techniques and products that provide maximum benefits according to each category.

Fine vs. Thick Hair

The thickness/density of one’s mane is determined by looking at an individual strand under bright light – thicker ones tend to reflect more light than thinner ones due to their wider circumference.

  • If you can barely feel an isolated strand between two fingers – if any – then congratulations my friend! You have ‘fine’ strands.
  • In contrast, if when rubbing similar situated follicles together feels drastically more substantial – almost like a needle in comparison – then chance stands that one has “thick” hairs.

However knowing this classification alone doesn’t tell us much information about bundles collectively known as our head/spaghetti mop (-ish) but helps us later recognizing other relevant features based on type-density mixtures seen in Heads everywhere!

Straight vs. Wavy/Curly/Coily

Celebrating each person’s unique curls and waves brings color (literally sometimes) into many people’s lives but might pose additional query difficulties sometimes before getting just right recognizable patterns:

  1. Take note after washing: observe shape/curling during air drying process
  2. Comb through damp locks with wide-tooth comb
  3. (Pro tip!) Take a section (approximately 1”) of damp hair, starting from the root, twist it around once or twice then use pointer and thumb to slide down. The resulting shape displayed is not only indicative of texture but also evaluates its moisture retaining properties.

And behold! Straight hairs tend to hold form during twisting without difficulty settling back into their natural shape afterward; wavy strands show noticeable patterns mid-lengths while still fairly easy to distinction between up-close hairstyles (+ generally flip-flopping with humidity swings); kinky/curly locks form distinctive small “ringlets”, dense spirals becoming more distinct due to increased tightness leveling a spectrum spanning all levels for
every occasion imaginable.

Hair Diameter

Compact – voluminous measurements provide clarity in predicting how each follicle will respond when styled differently by stylists:

  • Smaller diameters “fine” qualities
  • Thin + thick combo “medium”
  • Wider widthdth fibers earned themselves nickname as “coarse”

It helps tailoring treatments/products according to specific features-e.g tenderness in washing/multiple sections required etc.

Types of Textures

Hair textures are classified into four primary categories – straight, wavy, curly and coily – ranging from least amount of body (Type 1) to maximum volume/full-bodied coils (Type 4):

Type 1: Straight Texture

Straight locks have no wave or curl at all – naturally flow down smoothly.

Characteristics How To Style It Products
Normally sleek appearance Allows most styling options available except maintaining curls/waves for long time frames/unless clip-in extensions/chemical processes used Argan oil/Light leave-ins/Serums

TYPE I receives minimal boost from prep products since it possesses sheerest layer thickness-wise among common types where considerations usually revolve around purity /texture over volumizing attributes.

Type 2: Wavy Texture

This hair type sits midway between straight and curly strands – having more volume than the former, but less pronounced waves than the latter.

Type 2 is further split into three subtypes:

Type 2a:

Has a loose S-shaped waviness to it – similar to beachy waves.

Characteristics How To Style It Products
Moderate amounts of body including natural wave within itself for texture interest without washing each morning- works with most styling approaches except those that stray from classic curls textured look; Long hairstyles/high ponytail suits well :star: Sea Salt Sprays/Hair oils/leave-ins

When in doubt about which style direction makes sense consulting platform related blog social media can provide quick info on trends /styling options or seeking help online advisor virtual stylist name it!

Type 2b:

Is slightly tighter than the previous type with noticeable S-bends throughout its length.

Characteristics How To Style It Products
Minimalistic drift toward bohemian styling prevalent nowadays delivers excellent results when aiming towards casual/girly aesthetic go-tos, horizontal slickness variation among medium locks another inspiration muscle relaxers/smoothing serums and leave-ins best suited approach.

Pro-tip: Don’t scrunch your hair too much as tight clumps may form around fingers during drying process making them unmanageable/unruly later.

Type 2c:

The curliest of wavy textures has more twists/curls at ends requiring extra care/moisturization (co-washing) apart from usual suspects ie dryness/frizziness taming arsenal designed for coarser types mentioned below).

Characteristics include uneven waves/tight corkscrews visible all through its length:

Products like moisture sealing cream/porosity-balancing shampoos help
day-to-day maintenance routine dictated by styling options one wants to keep switching up.

Type 3: Curly Texture

Type 3 hair curls tightly into spirals that resemble corkscrews with various densities of spacing between them.

Separated into three groups traditionally:

Type 3a:

Incorporates large spiral curls noted for (sometimes) showing loosely defined ringlets. Essential upkeep involves avoiding rubbing + frequent co-washing highlights natural curve pattern associated with this type more easily than other curly/kinky-twisted manes, wide-toothed combs + silk/satin pillows additionally useful in maintaining healthy appearance intact over longer periods of time :star2::

A selection of products includes curl-defining creams/leave-in conditioners and light oils instead heavy ones overpowering resulting loose bouncy hairstyle.

Type 3b:

Slightly tighter, while still retaining a distinct S-shaped curl pattern but overall has less shine/gloss when compared to its similar category opposite i.e looser-curled members one run through it puts off an aura playful laziness potential future prospects hair-wise if put on dance card trends indie style vintage throwback styles.>

Characteristics How To Style It Products
Having looser curly texture implies fewer spirals total/volume/more body sought after usual suspects etc.

Smooth-talking treatment like keratin smoothing leave-shampoo/taming serum providing temporary till next shower glass-like effect rounded out by natural hold product smoother approach to morning regimen./

Type 3c:

Curlier yet another type featuring pronounced tight corkscrew shapes from roots down ends producing full-bodied look volume richness just right balance desired when looking head-turning intrigue cascading sidesy they can not watch away!

Keeping sculpted frizz-free ringlets requires smooth detangling/clumping twists using fingers regularly as well rigorous conditioning applying water-soluble light hold styling creams/anti-humidity serums on them before setting down./

Type 4: Coily Texture

Curliest of all hair types with ultra-tight coils. These hairs are coarse, wiry in texture and prone to easy tangling if not cared for appropriately.

Separated into two subtypes:

Type 4a:

S-shaped zig-zag curls forming tight loops – stress-free refining braiding styles easiest starting point where experimentation is feasible without setback regrets during moment self-critique locking/maintaining requires slicking befitting formulation leave-in conditioners/lightweight gels/passion twists/weaves or letting natural hip grazing curly locks fly just perfect for night out suited accompanying sequined heirlooms! Pro tip- avoid sulfate-rich shampoos/bar soaps creates unmanageable-detangled unwound mess most likely ending up chopping off great deal growth owing none-existent moisture content./

Type 4b:

Known to have pronounced S-curves sharp kinks along its length – tresses twisting strands together creating larger corkscrews but patch of the curl might spring in somewhat disappointing ways expected; excessive box-like shapes as opposed freeform spirals/nature abhors straight lines my friends!

Characteristics include tiny yet tightly-knit ringlets resembling ladybugs wings making it challenging
to untangle, however by applying homemade natural sugar/honey rinses managed through ups-dows-rises another adventure-filled world full energy fun day while bringing unique qualities inherent type.

Wrapping Up

Determining your hair’s texture gives you an idea about what products will work best and which hairstyles will make your hair look stunning. From fine-to-thickness variations/wave casting nuances/kinky-curly transitional spectrum levels mentioned above, we hope that our guide has been helpful in helping you identify textured richness of your lovely hairs!/

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