Did you know there are four different types of hair? Of course, we all see different types of textures and styles, but the chemical structure of hair varies from person to person. Understanding the structure can help you understand your hair better, and even help you decide on the best treatment for your hair. In this article, we will be discussing the different types of hair and their characteristics.
We always want what we can't have. If you have curly hair, you might wish it was straight. Likewise, if you have straight hair, you might wish it was curly.
What’s your hair type? Knowing what type of hair you have can help you decide on a proper hair care regimen, and it can help you decide on the best hair treatment for you.
The Four Types of Hair
- Kinky or Coiled
- Straight hair
- Wavy hair
- Curly hair
You might have a combination of two or more of these, or your hair might not fit into any of these categories. This does not suggest that anything is wrong with your hair.
The Characteristics of Each Type:
Plus, hair tips for men.
Kinky or Coiled Hair
Kinky or coiled hair is very tightly coiled. It is the most resilient of all hair types, and it contains the most natural oils. It is also the most prone to dryness and breakage and tends to be the most resistant to chemical processing and heat styling.
Kinky or coiled hair can be very healthy hair, but it needs special attention. It requires more moisture than straight hair and is very susceptible to frizz and dryness.
If your hair is kinky, you may find that you need to shampoo less often and use a deep conditioning product more often. You may also need to deep condition your hair more often to keep it from becoming dry and brittle.
Kinky or Coiled Hair Falls Into Three Categories:
4A: Fine or wiry hair strands. Your coils have a noticeable and tight curl pattern. Hair tends to be dry and fragile. Curly textures tend to shrink and expand with the weather and can shrink up to 3 sizes.
4B: Your hair strands are fine to medium and somewhat springy. Your coils have a medium to tight curl pattern. Hair tends to be dry and fragile. Curly textures tend to shrink and expand with the weather. Your shrinkage is usually up to 2 sizes.
4C: Your hair strands are very coarse and tight. Your coils have a very tight curl pattern. 4C hair is delicate and prone to breakage, this makes 4C hair hard to grow to longer lengths.
Kinky or Coiled Hair Tips:
If you have this hair type, you'll find that your hair works well with natural oils. Shampooing less frequently will help your hair maintain moisture. Deep conditioners, hot oil treatments, and heavy moisturizers will be helpful.
Straight hair is the looser form of hair. It does not have a kink or a curl. It is the most common type of hair. Straight hair is the easiest to maintain and style because it is the most malleable.
Straight hair can be very healthy hair when not over-fried with heating elements. It requires more moisture than curly hair and is very susceptible to dryness. If your hair is straight, you may find that you need to shampoo more often and use deep conditioning products often. You may also need to deep condition your hair more often to keep it from becoming dry and brittle.
Straight Hair Tips:
This hair type doesn't like oils. Too much of it will make the hair look limp and greasy. Instead, use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Shampooing less frequently will help your hair maintain moisture. Deep conditioning, hot oil treatments, and heavy moisturizers will be helpful.
Wavy hair is a combination of straight and kinky hair. It has a slight curve and wave. These waves can be large or small. Wavy hair is beautiful and versatile. It can be curled or straightened rather easily, in most cases.
Wavy hair can be very healthy hair, but some people find that it needs special attention. It is the most susceptible to breakage and dryness. If your hair is wavy, you may find that you need to condition your hair more often and use a deep conditioning product more often. Wavy hair needs more moisture than straight hair.
Wavy Hair Tips:
Conditioning this hair type using gels or serums will help the hair maintain its moisture. You can even use leave-in conditioners. Shampooing less frequent will allow the hair to maintain its moisture. Deep conditioners, hot oil treatments, and heavy moisturizers will be helpful.
Curly hair is the tightest form of hair. It is the hardest to maintain without proper care, and the most prone to tangles. It's also the most difficult to style, as it takes many hours to straighten curly hair. However, curly hair is beautiful and unique. It has a beautiful shine and a hearty fullness. Those with curly hair have a lot of volume and can wear their hair in many styles.
Curly hair can be very healthy hair, but it needs special attention, mostly in the form of styling. If your hair is curly, you may need to shampoo more often and use a deep conditioning product more often. You also may have to deep condition your hair more often to keep it from becoming dry and brittle.
Curly Hair Tips:
Curly hair is very much like coiled hair. However, if your hair tends to frizz after washing, a moisturizing shampoo and a conditioner that controls frizz will be helpful. Deep conditioning, hot oil treatments, and heavy moisturizers will be helpful.
Combinations of These Hair Types
People often have a combination of two or more types of hair. While this is true for many people, it is not true for all people.
For example, you may have coarse, wavy hair. Or you may have straight, coarse hair. Or you may have curly, coiled hair. Of course, there are many other combinations that are possible.
You will need to determine which hair care products are best for your hair type. You may also need to experiment with different products to find the best ones for your hair type.
Whether you have straight, curly, wavy, kinky, or coiled hair, you can have beautiful, healthy hair. You just need to take proper care of it. You can be confident that you will achieve the hair that you want.
Hair Tips For All Hair Types
These tips aren't exclusive to any hair type.
Tip 1: Don't wash your hair too often. It will make the hair very dry and brittle. Washing your hair every other day is just fine. This is because your hair needs to restore its natural oils. Shampooing your hair daily will take the moisture out of it.
Tip 2: Don't over condition your hair as well. If you do, you'll end up with a limp, greasy mess. Use a moisturizing shampoo and a moisturizing conditioner. You can even use leave-in conditioners. Don't overdo it with the amount of product you use.
Tip 3: Use a deep conditioning treatment periodically if you have long hair. You can use one each month, or every three months.
Tip 4: When styling, use a wide-tooth comb or a pick. These are less likely to cause breakage.
Tip 5: If you're a longer-haired man, use the right pillow. When you sleep, your hair is under pressure. Using a pillow that is too firm can cause your hair to become tangled.
Tip 6: If you want to use some sort of cream or gel, use a very small amount. Don't overdo it.
Tip 7: If you have long hair, take good care of it. Get a good brush, and use it often.
Is Your Hair Not What It Used To Be?
As we age, men's hair can become weaker, thinner, or even greasy. The first thing you should do is make sure to use the right shampoo for your hair type. Many shampoos can be too harsh on men with thinning hair, which can cause hair loss. If you are experiencing hair loss, it's a good idea to see a doctor who can determine if your hair loss is caused by a medical condition.
Male pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss. It is caused by hormones that slow down hair growth and cause hair to thin. Hair loss can also be caused by other factors such as stress, illness, and certain medications.
DHT, a natural by-product of testosterone, can cause hair follicles to shrink and eventually stop producing hair. This is the most common cause of male pattern baldness. It is inherited, but it can be accelerated by certain lifestyle choices. For example, people who smoke are more likely to develop male pattern baldness.
Androgenetic alopecia is another common cause of hair loss. It is inherited, but it can be accelerated by certain lifestyle choices.
If you are experiencing hair loss, there are solutions, but sometimes it can feel embarrassing to see a doctor for something as personal as hair loss.
Phoenix Health is a telehealth platform only for men. We specialize in hair loss, and other men’s issues. No camera or voice chat is required, and you can text with a doctor today from the comfort of your own home. Make an appointment today to jumpstart your hair growth.
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