How to Find Your Hair Type
I don’t know if you have this phenomenon. After years of being a hairdresser, I don’t know if you noticed one major thing. Most people have no idea what their hair type is. Is my hair thick? Is my hair thin? Is it fine? Is it coarse? is it curly? Is it straight? Nobody has any clue. People with fine hair are notorious for saying that their hair is thin. It’s not thin. It’s fine. Those are two different things.
Today we’re going to review things down to the nitty-gritty details. We’re going to figure out what your scalp type is. is it oily, dry, or normal? Do you have high density or low density? is your hair thick or thin? Is your hair actually damaged, or is it actually healthy, and also, what type of wave pattern do you have?
If you want to figure out your hair type, then let’s do it. Let’s get started.
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#1 SCALP TYPE.
The first category is the scalp type. Maybe something you never thought about before. Probably most of you guys have thought about it. But I want to review it. Because people get confused if their scalp is oily, or is it dry, or is it just normal.
Here’s an article on How to judge your scalp type if you’re interested.
#2 HAIR THICKNESS AND HAIR DENSITY.
Now we’re going to get onto things that are a little more, you know. You have to think a little bit to comprehend. It should be simple, though.
Now we’re moving on to hair thickness and hair density. This one makes me so annoyed the most it’s. When people confuse the two of these or pretend they’re both the same thing. Because it’s not, they’re two different things, not one singular thing. So get it right.
Hair thickness describes the thickness of an individual piece of hair on your head. So if you pulled that hair out of your head and looked at it, is it thick or thin? Then we have hair density, which describes how big your damn ponytail is. When you pull your hair into a ponytail, is it large? Is it small? That describes how many strands of hair you have on your head.
Those are the two big things that I want you to remember hair thickness and hair density. Because that’s the one that people get so hung up on and confused about.
#3 THICK OR THIN.
So thick or thin. You ask what hair type you have. Is it thick, or is it thin? Now measure hair thickness.
Suppose you have a piece of sewing thread. I’d recommend grabbing that piece of thread, plucking out a piece of your hair, and comparing the two side by side. The hair is naturally a little bit more consistent back here and a little bit thinner up here. So pluck from back here. If your hair is just as wide as the sewing thread or slightly thinner, that usually means you have thick hair. That’s right. Your thick hair, and of course, if your hair is much thinner than the thread, you have thin hair.
If you don’t have a thread around, you can also take the hair strand, run it through your fingers, and feel the hair very much. So it usually means you have thick hair.
#4 HIGHER / LOW DENSITY.
Now we’re moving on to higher low density. Check the density of your hair. Pull your hair back into a ponytail. Check the circumference. The circumference is the measurement around an area. If you have low-density hair, the circumference of your ponytail will be less than two inches. Medium density will be two or three inches, and high density is four or more inches in circumference.
Another way to figure this out is if you can’t pull your hair into a ponytail or if you don’t have a tape measure well. You can look at your hair in the mirror. If you can see your scalp without moving your hair around with your hands, you can look down and see your scalp. Well, that probably means you have low-density hair, and if you can’t see your scalp, if that is covered up the honey like camo in the forest, you got high-density congrats.
#5 DAMAGED OR HEALTHY.
Next, we’ll learn if your hair is damaged or healthy. People all the time are like doing their hair so damaged and dry. So let me give you a few little pieces of criteria that describe damaged hair, and let me try and help you figure out if you have damaged hair or you think you do these. people often get that confused.
If your hair tangles easily, it’s damaged. Now, if you can’t run your hands through it at all times, typically, your hair is dry slash damaged if you know your hair is just not growing. Some people actually can’t grow very long hair naturally. But if your hair has those ends that’ll look a little compromised and not growing, your hair is damaged.
If you look down at your ends, you can see if your hair is long enough and you’re like, look at them, and you’re like there’s so many split ends like it looks tragic. It looks like such scary, damaged hair. If you pull a piece of your hair and stretch it out, your hair is damaged if it stretches. If your hair snaps, your hair is healthy. Congratulations!
If your hair doesn’t dry for like 10 hours, and it’s not, you know, very high density if it is just medium or low density and it takes hours and hours to dry. Your hair is damaged because it’s grasping onto that moisture. There’s no natural moisture. So it needs to grab onto that moisture and hold it for as long as possible. Your hair is damaged, and if it doesn’t take long to dry, it’s not damaged.
If you brush your hair, you’re getting clumps of hair coming out, or you’re getting just more than 10 or 15 strands, your hair is probably damaged, and if you’re getting less than that, your hair is not damaged. It’s so healthy.
Is your hair shiny? If it’s shiny, your hair is healthy. If it’s not, you either need to wash it or your hair is damaged.
#6 CURL PATTERN.
we’re on to curl pattern now. curl pattern is a touchy subject. if you don’t get this right, some people get mad at you. 99.99% of people have a curl pattern. it’s very rare that your hair is skin straight. if your hair air dries and there’s any like sort of bevel like literally this much you have wavy hair pretty much. everybody has wavy hair. you don’t really come across anybody with pin straight hair naturally.
so there’s three sort of subcategories. there’s wavy, there’s curly and there’s coily. wavy being the least curly and coily being the most that didn’t really make sense but you get it.
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If you have thinning hair, this is much thinner than a single sewing thread. If you think your hair is healthy, try not to color it, don’t dye it, don’t perm it. When your hair is kept in a very healthy state, when you wash it, your hair is always shiny, very soft and supple. But if you continue to dye and perm your hair in an unhealthy condition, it will damage the balance of your hair even more, and your hair will become dry and even knotted.
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