Choosing the best hair styling and hair care regimen for your specific needs can be a difficult process of trial and error. It’s just as important to figure out your hair type as it is to figure out your skincare routine so that your products are tailored to you. It’s a lot more complicated than deciding whether your hair is “straight” or “curly.”
Straight, wavy, curly, and coily are the four main types, with numerous subtypes that get down to specifics. There are numerous factors to consider when determining your hair type, some of which are as follows:
What factors influence hair patterns?
To understand curl type and pattern, we must first connect with our roots. Hair grows from follicles, which are small openings in our skin. A root made of cell proteins can be found at the bottom of the follicle. Hair begins to grow from this root.
Blood in the scalp’s blood vessels nourishes the root, resulting in more cells and hair growth. This has three effects on your curl pattern:
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- Hair follicles: The shape of the follicle determines the shape of the hair. The curlier the hair, the flatter or more oval-shaped the follicle. The straighter the hair, the more circular the cross-section.
- Hair cell structure: If your hair proteins are produced in an asymmetrical pattern, your hair will curl.
- Hair growth cycle: The hair growth cycle lasts three to five years. The type of hair you have is determined by your genetics. People of Asian origin, for example, can have a hair cycle that lasts up to seven years. Also read How to Tell If You Need a New Hairbrush
How do I figure out what hair type I have?
- Straight Hair- Hair that is straight and flat. Hot tools make it difficult to hold a curl, and this type of hair tends to look shinier because scalp oils can easily extend from root to tip.
- Wavy- This term refers to people with hair that has a wave or an S-shaped pattern. It doesn’t have many full-on ringlet curls, but it does have a few fully formed curls here and there. Because of the natural texture, people with this hair type may not be as oily as those with straight hair, and wavy hair tends to be thicker.
- Curly- This hair type has more fully formed curls that are wider in diameter and ringlet shaped. Their curls can be as wide as a curling iron barrel or as small as a pencil.
- Coily- People with this hairstyle have ringlets with a much smaller radius (think pencil width or smaller) or tightly coiled hair.