Hair type 1: Straight hair
Type 1 is straight hair, which reflects the most sheen and also resilient of all the hair types. Straight hair is very hard to damage, and also difficult to curl. This is because the sebum in this hair texture easily spreads from the scalp to ends without curls or kinks, and is also the oiliest hair type.
Hair type 2: Wavy hair
Wavy hair has a texture and sheen between straight and curly hair and is likely to become fizzy. Fine wavy hair can be tamed and easily styled, however, medium and coarse hair can be hard to style.
Hair type 3: Curly hair
Type 3 is curly hair, which, is known to have an S-shape. The pattern of the hair resembles an ‘S’ shape and sometimes a ‘Z’ shape. This type of hair is usually voluminous, climate dependent, and damage prone. If your curly hair lacks proper care you can cause less defined curls.
Hair type 4: Kinky hair
Kinky hair features a tightly coiled curl pattern is often very fragile with a high density. This type of hair shrinks when wet because it has fewer cuticle layers than other hair types and because of this, is more susceptible to damage.
These are the 4 main types of hair, all of which come with subcategories (see table below). The subcategories go more in depth to the type of hair, what it looks like, how susceptible to damage it is and how easily it is to tame and style.
Knowing your hair type
Knowing your hair type is very important as it can help you decide what is the best way to care for your hair. Your lifestyle and how you care for your hair can help with your , and in some cases help to reduce the risk of hair loss.
If you are experiencing any form of hair loss and would like some more information, please feel free to where one of our hair loss specialists can help to answer any questions you may have.
Hair is made up of different layers and structures. It is the tough protein keratin that forms the strength of your hair, nails and the outer layer of skin. Keratin is a large molecule made up of smaller units called amino acids, which join together to form a chain.