When we think of hair types, the most common ones that come to mind are normal, dry and oily. For years, we have been taught tips, tricks and methods as well as what hair products we should use in order to cater to our specific hair type.
However, studies show that there are in fact more hair types than we thought.
Actually, there are four hair type categories. You heard right, four! Each of these main hair types contain at least two subtypes, with others containing three subtypes.
Curly hair is one of the four main hair type categories and has two subtypes. Regular curly hair types overall have a defined S pattern that can form loops. Truly curly hair has the tendency to spring back into place after being stretched out. Soft and fine in texture, curly hair types contain smooth cuticle layers, which often results in less shine. While curly hair has a lot of natural body, it can become straightened when wet but is also prone to frizziness when exposed to humidity.
The two subtypes of curly hair are loosely curled and medium to tight curly hair.
- Loosely curled hair types contain locks that appear straight when cut short but when allowed to grow out, they sport large, shiny curls.
- Medium to tight curly hair types form cork crew curls or ringlets.
Wavy hair is another main hair type category. Wavy hair is neither straight nor curly. Wavy hair does contain an S pattern but is often hard to curl or maintain body/volume. Wavy hair contains three subtypes: fine/thin, medium and thick/course. Fine wavy hair types is easy to style with a curling iron or flat iron, while medium wavy hair is more difficult to style and can get frizzy easily. Thick and course wavy hair types are the most resistant to curling or straightening and often have the worst case of frizz.
Kinky hair as a main hair type category consists of very tight curls that are wiry and very fragile. This type of hair is usually densely packed together and offers sheen but not shine. Because it contains less hair cuticles, it tends to be soft but prone to breakage, which makes it difficult to grow long.
The two subtypes of kinky hair are tightly coiled S pattern hair and tightly coiled Z pattern hair.
- The first subtype maintains its S pattern when stretched and contains a little moisture.
- The second subtype maintains a Z pattern when stretched and has the least moisture of all hair types.
Finally we have the naturally straight main hair type. This hair type has a lot of cuticle layers, which makes it less prone to damage and breakage.
Naturally straight hair has three subtypes.
- Fine straight hair types are soft, thin and naturally shiny.
- Medium straight hair is textured with a lot of body.
- Course straight hair is the most difficult to style in this hair type category.
By knowing these intricate hair types, you can now solve your styling woes and find the right hairstyles that are appropriate for your unique hair type.
Hair Care For Every Hair Type
When it comes to our hair, everyone is unique. That’s what makes choosing a hair style, a new color or certain treatment, such an individual undertaking.Whether you’re on the straight and narrow, a natural redhead or have battled with a lifelong tendency to look like you’ve been jolted.