IDENTIFYING YOUR HAIR TYPE… by Noni Msane
Knowing your hair type helps you understand the characteristics of your hair.
You need custom products for your hair just like you need the right shoe size for your feet. Determining your hair type involves examining these 4 main things:
1.Curl pattern (shows the amount of wave or curl in your hair) There are 4 types : Straight, Wavy, Curly, Coily/kinky
2.Density (the amount of hair on your scalp)- to find right products for volume of hair.
How to determine density: look at you hair closely from all different angles and try to see your scalp without parting it.
3.Texture or Width (thickness for each strand of hair)- helps with retaining length
How to determine texture: take a strand of your hair and hold it up to the light. If the hair is so thin that you can hardly see it, you have fine hair. If the hair is very thick and easily visible, then you have coarse hair. If your hair appears neither thin nor thick, you have medium texture hair.
4.Porosity (how easily your hair is able to absorb and hold moisture)- helps you choose the right products to keep your hair well-moisturized
How to determine porosity: Float Test- Take a couple of strands of hair and put them in a glass of water. Let them sit for 3minutes. If your hair floats, you have low porosity and if it sinks, you have high porosity.