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What’s Your Hair Type?

If I could write about the love-affair I’ve had with my hair, it would be a 3-part trilogy. It’s not what I’ve tried with my hair… it’s more of “what haven’t I tried?!”

My hair journey has been turbulent, to stay the least, ever since high school school. After years of straightening, curling, countless dye jobs and chemical straightening sessions, my hair finally had enough. I remember sitting at my hairstylist’s chair and she told me that the only choice I had was to let it go, stop messing with it, and of course – chop off all the dead-ends.

Since then, I vowed to take care of my hair. Below are 3 important hair tips I learned that will help you, no matter what type of texture of hair you have.

#1 What’s your hair texture?

Let’s start with the basic question – Is your hair straight, wavy, curly or oily? The easiest way to find out is to let your hair air dry. If your hair dries straight without a bend or curl, then your hair is fine. If it dries with a slight curve or “S” shape, then it’s wavy. If it dries with a defined curl or loop, it’s likely curly or coily.

#2 What’s your hair structure?

Is your texture fine, medium, or coarse? When we’re talking structure, we’re referring to the thickness of the strands, which affect how well your hair will hold styles, react to products, etc. Hair structure includes fine, medium, and coarse (aka thick). If you’re unsure of the structure of your hair, just compare it to a single strand from hairbrush. If your hair appears thinner than the sewing thread, your hair is fine. If it seems thicker, it’s coarse. Anything in between would be medium.

#3 What’s your hair porosity?

How well does your hair absorb moisture and product? Hair with high porosity means your hair absorbs moisture quickly because of gaps or tears around the cuticle. If you have high porosity hair, your hair releases moisture at a high rate and can get dry and brittle. Avoid heat styling and harsh chemical treatments that can continue to dry out the hair. If you have low porosity, your cuticle lays flat, blocking water or moisture from being absorbed into the strands. Product buildup will be one of your concerns, therefore you should apply products while your hair is still damp so it’s more easily absorbed. To test your hair’s porosity, just put a strand of hair into a bowl of water! Does your strand sink to the bottom? That means it has high porosity, absorbing all the moisture. If the strand remains below the surface but floats above bottom of bowl, your hair is “medium” porosity. If the strand of hair floats above the surface of water, your hair has low porosity and doesn’t absorb moisture easily.

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