Determining what type of hair you have can seem difficult and confusing, but it is the first step to achieving great hair. The are four very common terms that people use to define their hair: Fine Hair, Thick Hair, Curly Hair or Straight Hair. Please do not confuse your hair type with the condition of your hair.
Hair Condition is usually described as damaged, colored, permed, frizzy hair, dry hair, thinning hair, over processed, oily hair, damaged hair fried, breaking off, etc. Most people describe their hair with both a hair type and a hair condition.
Working with your hair involves treating the condition (the problem you would like to improve) of your hair for your specific hair type.
The 4 Basic Hair Types
Healthy, beautiful hair starts and ends with you. The habits that we develop as children can stick with us for our entire lives, especially if those habits go uncorrected. Many people do not realize the complaints they have about their hair are actually actually be a result of their own bad hair care habits. For all types & conditions of hair, from dry and frizzy to tangled and poofy, making your hair beautiful starts by incorporating the Basic Hair Care knowledge into you routine so you can keep your happy healthy hair. Remember you can hurt you hair 2 ways. What you don't know can hurt your hair and what you do know - that "Ain't' So" can also hurt your hair. So please take a minute to review your Basic Hair Care procedures so you can be sure everything you are doing is actually helping you hair.
Step #1: Fine Hair
Means small in diameter. All of the trees in your hair forest are skinny in diameter. If your hair was a person you would describe this person as a "bean pole" if it was straight, or a tall skinny piece of bacon, if it was curly. That's right - the the more natural curl you have - the more a cross section of your hair resembles a flattened out piece of bacon. Also see Fine Hair Care & Hair Cuts Hair Styles For Fine Thin Hair.
Step #2: Thick Hair
Means big in diameter with lots of trees in your forest of hair. All of the trees in your hair forest have a large diameter. If your hair was a person you would describe this person as a "California Redwood" if it was straight ..., and just like fine hair, when thick hair is naturally curly, it flattens out, like a piece of bacon, That's right - the the more natural curl you have - the more a cross section of your hair resembles the rectangular shape of a piece of bacon.
Step #3: Curly Hair
Has a rectangular (when curly) to oval (when wavy) cross sectional shape. The more curl you have the more you feel the edges of the hair - so the more likely you are to call your hair dry, when it is not. If you have curly hair you can also chose your every day shampoo for the additional benefits like 1-Hair Thickening, 2-Adding moisture, 3-Increasing curl 4-Increaing volume, or 5-to take Reducing frizz (see Color Lover hair Products). With today's hair styles curls or waves help to make the look.
Step #4: Straight Hair
That is naturally straight hair - Round cross section.
Some Straight hair won't bend and can often be as stiff as has a board. Ethic hair be so straight that you can not force it to bend unless you perm or straighten or use a softening conditioner like Ten Miracle Hair Masque. This softens the hair enough so it will bend.
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