The uniqueness and beauty of who we individually are is clearly seen in our features, our skin, our shapes and most prominently in our hair. For many people their hair is their pride and joy. One of the keys to having healthy, strong and long hair is not only the product that you use but first and foremost in knowing your hair type. Knowing your hair type will then guide you on how to properly take care of it. They are overall 4 categories of hair type descriptors and a total of 12 hair types. How easily can you tell your hair type?
This type of hair is straight and may have a tendency of being greasy and shiny. Straight hair becomes greasy faster than curly hair because oil from the scalp travels faster and easier down the hair shaft. This particular type of hair does not absorb oils very well. There are three subcategories for straight hair:
Type 1A – Most common in people of Asian descent type 1a hair is very straight and fine.
Type 1B – it is still very straight but type 1b hair is thicker with a medium texture and has more volume.
Type 1C – Still straight this hair is very thick coarse and shiny.
Keep it clean. Many people with this type of hair find it easy to grow out and it often has lots of natural shine. It becomes greasy very quickly and requires frequent washing in order to keep it the oils out. Volumizing shampoo and a wash out conditioner are recommended to give your hair a little more life.
Wavy hair is much thicker than straight hair and has slight to big waves of hair. The subtypes of this hair are classified by the thickness of the hair and the shape of the waves. These are the three subcategories for wavy hair:
Type 2A – This hair is very fine and thin with S shaped waves and is very easy to style.
Type 2B – It is fizzier than type 2A this hair is wavy and medium-thick
Type 2C – This hair is wavy, thick and coarse it is prone to frizz and difficult to style
The main challenge is that wavy hair tends to fizz. The key to caring for wavy hair is controlling that fizz without losing the natural curl. This can be done by prioritising moisture and volume. Using simple moisturizing shampoos and wash out conditioners designed to hydrate and moisturize are essential. Use a hair mask once a week to optimise your results.
This is the type of hair that goes straight when wet and then goes back to being curly as it dries. Curly hair has defined bouncy curls and is easy to style. There are three subcategories for curly hair:
Type 3A – this hair has defined curls with a thick texture and a lot of shine but can be fizzy.
Type 3B – this hair has tighter curls and has a combination of mixtures between type 3A and 3C.·
Type 3C – this type of hair has very tight curls and inches towards kinky hair. It is generally easy to style.
Fizz is a constant battle one with curly hair has to face due to its inevitability. The key to controlling fizz is to keep the hair moisturised. A moisturizing shampoo and leave-in conditioner will hydrate your hair. An array of mouses, jellies and creams will add control and definition.
Recently termed coily hair and previously known as kinky hair, this particular type of has curls so tight that they literally coil from the root to the tip of the strand. The coils are very well defined.
Kinky hair tends to be coarse in texture and prone to damage by heat and poorly selected products. This hair type easily absorbs moisture and oils. There are three subcategories for kinky hair:
Type 4A – This hair is soft in texture with tight, well-defined curls
Type 4B – This hair has very tight curls but they are less defined, soft and fragile
Type 4C – This hair has very tight curls; it looks like they are no curls at all. The curls turn into coils. When stretched out, the length of the hair strand is easily 5 to 10 times the length of the hair when in its coily state.
Kinky hair has a mixture of products that work and those that do not work on the hair. It all depends on the length and texture of your hair. The key aspects to look out for when caring for kinky is moisture. A good moisturising shampoo (preferably sulphate free) and a deep conditioner are a must-have for kinky hair.
Regular steam treatments are great for rejuvenating the hair. Great hair oils with potent nutrients are definitely a must have. Oils to look out for include shea butter, avocado oil, castor oil, virgin coconut oil and mooring oil.
Using Livara’s basic hair kit will not only enable you to moisturize your hair effectively but the products will also boost healthy hair growth.