What's Your Hair Number? (3:04)
Everyone has a different type of hair and while they all have positives they can definitely have some drawbacks as well. Hair doesn't just fall into two categories -- curly or straight -- there are many different types of hair that are unique to each person. In fact, POPSUGAR beauty editor Aimee Simeon says that there are as many as 12 different hair types but they all fall into four main categories. Knowing where you fall, what Simeon calls your hair number, and understanding your type could be the key to beautiful hair you've always wanted.
The texture of your hair is 90% determined by your DNA. The shape of your hair follicle is important for determining the type of hair you will have. Very circular, symmetrical, follicles are indicative of straight hair. While oblong or oval, asymmetrical, follicles point to curly hair.
So how do you find out what your hair number is? Simeon says you have to observe your hair in it's most natural state. In order to do this wash your hair and inspect your strands while they are still wet and before you put any products in your hair (as that will alter the texture). If it falls flat you fall into hair category #1 or #2 and if it curls up you are a #3 or #4.
Hair Type #1: Straight Hair
If you are a part of this category it is because you have straight hair. But straight hair can take on many forms: your hair could be fine and oily, long and bent at the end, or thicker and prone to frizz. As a member of this hair number you most likely wash your hair every day, are addicted to dry shampoo, find your hair difficult to style, greasy, dull, and lifeless.
The customized solution to fix your biggest hair woe is to add mousse to your roots to give your mane more body. You should also use a round brush when blow drying to give your hair a little bend and body at the ends.
Hair Type #2: Wavy Hair
Your hair is the perfect balance between straight and curly. You most likely have S-shaped waves or waves that can be easily straightened out and styled. You may find that your biggest hair issue is your texture is not always consistent and your hair could be softer.
To remedy the situation use products, like sea salt spray, to enhance texture and soften hair. When styling, you should also consider using a curling wand to define your waves and make your hair really stand out.
Hair Type #3: Curly Hair
Not all curly hair is made equal. If you fall into this category you could have average curls, longer cascading curls, coils, or ringlets that all vary in width and size. While your hair can be style with heat, via straightener or blow dryer, fairly easily your main frustration seems to be lack of definition and possibly frizz.
Try using curl creams with hydrating ingredients like coconut oil or avocado oil -- these will help nourish your hair but also define your curls a little bit more. If you choose to blow dry your hair make sure to use a diffuser attachment in order to evenly distribute the heat and, as a byproduct, cause less frizz.
Hair Type #4: Coily Hair
While your hair is considered curly it is more coily in nature and therefore more coarse and super dry. Your hair may form in super tight Z-shaped curves or have no pattern at all. You find it easily to twist and manipulate your hair into styles like braids, however, dryness seems to be your biggest pitfall.
To help your hair achieve maximum greatness, make sure to moisturize it. Try using hair masks enriched with shea butter or argan oil in order to hydrate your locks. Additionally, use a microfiber towel on your hair instead of a regular one and pat dry rather than rub in order to let your hair absorb moisture without effecting curls and eliminating the possibility of frizz.
A Message for All Hair Types
Remember that the way your hair looks is a reflection of your overall health. So make sure to live a healthy life full of drinking water, eating right, sleeping, not stressing, and getting vitamins. Additionally, you want to make sure that you are not overprocessing your hair which can cause a lot of damage. This means you shouldn't go overboard with dying your hair or styling your hair with heat. If you do, make sure to use the appropriate products to protect from damage.