Types of Hair: Care tips and Perfect Hairstyles for each Type

Our hair type is determined even before birth by genetics in our DNA. The deciding component of our hair pattern is our hair follicle. The extent of curl depends on the shape of your follicle, whether your hair is:

  • Straight
  • Wavy
  • Curly
  • Coily

The greater lop-sided your hair follicle is, the curlier hair will be.

How to style and care for your hair type

Type 1: Straight Hair

Straight hair has no curls. The different strands of hair could be fine/ coarse, thick/ thin, but generally, they do not waver root to tip. Straight hair tends to become greasy because oil from the scalp runs down the shaft very quickly.

Type 1A

Type 1A hair is extremely straight and of a fine texture, without volume. They are not easy to work with because they are tough to style and do not even hold a clip.

Type 1B

These kinds of hair are very straight, but thicker hair, average in texture, and have added volume. These are relatively easy to model, and tips are adjustable.

Type 1C

Still straight, but hair is very thick and shiny. Also difficult to mold.

Tips To Protect Straight Hair

We must keep straight hair clean because they get greasy in no time. Washing your hair often can cause the scalp to overproduce oils. Thus, dry shampoos are a must-have whenever you are not washing your hair.

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  • Suitable Products: shop for high-quality voluminous shampoos and conditioners. texture sprays and heat protection sprays should be used while styling.
  • Ideal Hairstyles: For beautiful hair, a rounded hair cut gives volume. For medium to thick hair, and layered hairstyles work the best flaunting the silky locks. always blow-dry while flipping it upside down using a round brush.

Type 2: Wavy hair

Wavy hair has a natural wave that forms an S shape, and they can be smoothed or loose curled. Dependent on the varying technique used. Their sub-types are according to the thickness and shape of the waves.

Type 2A

By nature these hair have a mild, ruffled texture. Hair are Thin and wavy but also very smooth. They are initially straight from roots, and down the halfway, the wave appears. These kinds are easy to model and do not have a lot of volume.

Any oily or creamy product is a big NO from straightening out that wave. Instead, to boost the base, a light mousse or gel is prtfeable to highlight the waves.

Type 2B

The curls have a medium wavy texture and a beautiful S shape. They are surely frizzy, but very easy to model with a spritz of salt spray. Usually, hair is medium thick.

Type 2C

The most magnificent well-defined S-shaped waves are type 2C. The waves begin close to the crown and continue downward, forming loose curls. Such hair is usually coarse, voluminous, and thick. Very difficult to style.

Tips To Protect Wavy Hair

To avoid frizz, always apply a styling mousse thoroughly root to tip in damp hair. This keep your natural waves from becoming frizzy, and locking in moisture.

Also using a little hair oil from the middle of the shaft to the ends make hair manageable. When drying after wash, use the diffuser attachment in the hairdryer.

For extra frizz control, do not completely dry your hair. When your hair is 90% dry turn off the heat and spread on a finishing cream .

  • Suitable Products

Search the market for shampoos and conditioners intended to moisturize and hydrate hair. Weekly use a moisturizing hair mask to help lock in hydration and reduce frizz. nowadays many lightweight mousses are available which along moisture contain anti-humidity ingredients.

  • Ideal Hairstyles

For beautiful wavy hair, a layered haircut will provide good volume. For thicker textured wavy hair, longer lengths will keep waves calmer. The shorter the length, the curlier your hair appears because there is less length to weigh it down.

Type 3: Curly Hair

This type of hair is curly. Curls that look like springs .They go straight when the hair is wet but curly as it dries. Curly hair also tends to be dry, so as not to dry them further; the use of tinctures is ruled out.

Type 3A

The S-shaped curls form loose loops and loose bunches. The loops are well-formed, but hair is usually thin with a lot of shine but also at times frizzy.

For these kinds of hair, pulling your hair into a ponytail is least recommended. As pulling causes curls to loosen and lack their natural formation. Hair thinning and hair loss also occurs if hair is stretched for prolonged periods.

Type 3B

This type of hair has tighter and full formed curls right from the roots. Such hair has a lot of volume and many textures. To maintain their distinctive spiral shape, they need a good amount of moisture.

In your hair care range, avoid silicone and sulfates. For the time being, pacify frizz, but over time dry hair and ultimately lead to hair breakage.

Type 3C

These types of hair have curls that are very narrow and tight and remain stuck to each other. To maintain their springy texture, apply a good amount of conditioner. Also, do not comb the hair, which could make them frizzy, only finger comb hair and air dry. Overall, they are easy to style.

Tips To Protect Curly Hair

Curly hair should be rinsed at most twice a week with an anti-frizz shampoo. Afterwards moisturized with a perfect treatment cream or a high moisturizing mask. Always let the hair air dry to avoid drying the curls.

  • Ideal Products

Apply a hair mask once a week only so as not to weigh down your springy hair and lose the beautiful curls. Another excellent product for these kinds of hair is the stitch repairer. Which provides shine to your hair and adds softness. But careful while application as it is applied on already dried threads.

Apply a styling mousse to the roots of damp hair to the ends of your hair. Then at the mid-shaft and to ends, apply a hair oil that will tame the frizz and moisturize. For drying the next use, a distributed airflow using a diffuse. Once your hair is about 90 percent dry switch off the heat. Add a finishing cream or more oil on the ends to tame any flyaways.

  • Ideal Hairstyles

For more beautiful hair layers, work the best to add more volume. For thick hair, keep your hair at longer lengths.

 Type 4: Coils Hair

Curly or Afro hair is unlike curly hair; you could notice very well because even when wet, it stays curled. Furthermore, curly hair is delicate and very dry. Hair strands are tightly spun together that they do not allow the oil to penetrate. So do schedule weekly hydration. The three distinctive subcategories for kinky hair are:

Type 4A

This hair has a soft texture with well-defined, tight kinks. The pattern for such hair could wrap around a chopstick in an S underlay. It is the most delicate hair kind, be very gentle with it, and moisturize it a lot. Hydrating creams, butter, and deep conditioning masks are great.

Type 4B

Hair of this type has less defined fragile, very tight, but soft curls. The curls are zig-zag in a pattern.

The technique works best for such hair types is Shingling; it begins with damp hair. Detangle your wet hair with your fingertips, using generous amounts of leave-in conditioner. Then divide hair into four sections, applying a curling cream or gel along with each curl. Finish with winding the hair strands around your finger as you finish.

Type 4C

Such hair is generally referred to as ‘coils’, and they are the most fragile and the tightest. A rough comb or combing a lot breaks it. Thus, it’s essential to regularly moisturize the hair with strong intense conditioners. Shea butter creams and coconut oils are famous in this regard.

  • Ideal Products

Treat such fragile hair using shampoo ,created exclusive for curly hair. Follow with a rich moisturizing conditioner. The moisturizing mask is also effective after every wash. Hair oils and finishing creams help lock in moisture. They also aid in defining your curls.

  • Styling Tips

After a good wash very, curly hair is excellent with air-drying. This reduces chances of dryness and breakage. Second, use virgin hair oil or leave-in conditioner for extra moisture. Pomades are also great.

  • Ideal hairstyles

The shorter you go up, the curlier your hair becomes. This doesn’t mean you should skip hair cutting altogether. Instead get regular haircuts to trim the ends, and your hair remains healthy.

Whatever your hair type, maybe just enjoy your luscious locks. YOU ARE UNIQUE SO ARE YOUR TRESSES.

Edna Feber

I’m Edna. I'm here to guide you about hair products and maintenance tips. You'll fine here product reviews regarding hair tools, hair color, hair care and more along with tips to keep your hair healthy!

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