WHAT HAIR TYPE DO I HAVE?
In order to find a styling product or treatment for your hair, I think we could all agree that its only right to firstly figure out what your'e working with! The beauty of us human beings is partly down to our diversity as a whole and that also applies to our hair. There are many different hair types & textures among us so that means there are different ways to treat hair problems depending on what you have. Often men around us are unsure of what kind of product to use and are lead down a road of deciet and deep down dont feel as righteous as they should, sporting a style that they wanted to carry off in the right way! Generally you can count on your barber to help you with this. However, if you're in need of a little help in hand in finding out what yours is, continue reading..
Okay, so to make this really simple, there are 5 steps in which you can follow in order to determine what hair type you have, as there are 5 things you need to find out about your hair before you'll know. The first one is as follows..
Underneath our hair sits our scalp and ultimately this is what supports our hair folicle and is the key role to helping you figure out your hairs density. Simply part your hair into a moderate section, and you should be able to either see a lot of your scalp or hardly any - you can also have a density that can be inbetween the two so if you dont see either dont be alarmed! To put it simply, the more prominiant the part and the scalps visibility, the thinner the hair density. Your hairs density simply displays the amount of hair on your head!
Thin Density - Scalp is visible.
Medium Density - Scalp is partially visible.
Thick Density - Scalp is barely visible.
Now that you have figured out the density of your hair we can now move onto the second thing that you need to find out..
Thick, medium & thin - these are all hair types determined by the diameter of the hair and just like the density, everyone has different types. The reason in which this is very imortant to know about your own hair is because styling products aim to cater for added volume and also reduced volume, for example a high shine and strong hold product could very well be too heavy on hair with thin diameter as the hair cannot support the weight of the product & also vice versa! The way in which you discover your hairs diameter is all thanks to one strand of hair! Place a strand in between your fingers and the more prominent the feel of the strand, the thicker the hair is.
Thin - Hair cannot be felt inbetween fingers.
Medium - Hair can slightly be felt inbetween fingers.
Thick - Hair is prominent between fingers.
So, we have figured out the feel of our hair and next is to learn how much moisture our hair can retain and how quickly it can do so. Determinig the moisture that your can absorb helps in you finding the right hair product for you as you will be able to gage how much product your hair absorbs in application and it can also help you in understanding to be cautious that certain products arent what you need for your hair! How you find out your hairs porosity is simply by doing a test in no time. Grab a glass of water and take a strand of your hair and place it inside..
High porosity - if your hair sinks to the bottom of the glass, you have a high hair porosity. This means that your hair easily absorbs water and chemicals so is more prone to damage with ill use of wrong products. If you experience dryness and coursness after washing your hair its probably as you have high hair porosity!
Normal porosity - if your hair floats in the middle or somewhat inbetween!
This indicates that your hair is absorbing the right amount that it should which inevitably results in it being less prone to damage from chemicals. In comparison to having a high hair porosity, after washing your hair it will feel conditioned and silky even when dry.
Low porosity - if your hair floats to the surface, you have low hair porosity.
The lack of ability to absorb water is purely a result of the pores in the hairs cuticle so it applies the same when product is applied to the hair, as you may noticed the product isnt taking to the hair the way you want it to as the hair folicle isnt absorbing it.
Regardless of your hairs porosity, there are hair products that specialize in the individualisation of hair types, textures, lengths & conditions.
4. Scalp Moisture
This is commonly the main issue people find they have with their hair, whether its too dry or too oily or you simply just cant figure it out, this is very important to establish in order to help you find the correct styling or washing & conditioning products as there are different types depending on what you have.
If you're unsure of whether your hair is at either end of the spectrum or in-between you can find out by testing with a tissue on fresh hair in the morning.
Oily Hair - If the tissue has very prominent patch of oil, then your scalp produces a lot of moisture and will result in frequent hair washing.
Dry Hair - If there is barely a patch visible then its clear your scalp doesn't produce a lot of moisture and means that the natural oil in the hair isnt enough to condition hair alone, use moisturizing and conditioning products to add that moisture back in!
Not all is what it made seem with an individual hair stand and although it differs, hair strands can in-fact stretch beyond their apparent length. This will be the step that will help you understand the elasticity of your hair and what it tells you about your hair condition.
High Elasticity - As we can predict, the more a strand of your hair can stretch without snapping - the higher the elasticity. If you are able stretch the hair quite a lot, your hairs elasticity is high. Goes without saying that if it can stretch a lot you've got yourself some strong hair!
Medium Elasticity - If there is a reasonable amount of stretch before snapping, your hairs elasticity would be classified as medium. Being in-between still be keen to strengthen your hair as much as you can with the right products to enhance it.
Low Elasticity - If you stretch, and there is an immediate snap, your hairs elasticity is very low. This means that the hair growing from the hair cuticle is not the strongest which then results in the length being not so strong to. There are many products from washing to conditioning that cater for this so don't worry!
After following all 5 steps, you should now have an idea of what you're working with when it comes to finding what products suit you best after learning more about your hair and what its requirements are.
Remember.. All hair types should be treated with love.