Defining hair types is relatively simple. The type of hair you have is determined by your hairs natural conditioner. That's the amount of sebum your body produces ...
How to tell what type of hair you have ...
Unlike hair types, your natural hair color is closely related to your skin color, with both skin and hair being governed by the same melanin pigment.
The number of melanin granules in the cortex of the hair and the shape of the granules are what determine your natural hair color.
Treatment programmes you inflict on your hair, like perming, coloring and heat styling will all have an effect, either good or bad, on your hair color. But no matter what you do to your hair, hair types should still fall into the NORMAL, DRY or OILY category.
However, some of us do, for various reasons, have a combination of two or more of these hair types.
Normal Hair Types ... Not dry and not greasy, just fine.
Normal hair is neither greasy nor dry, has not been permed or styled. Normal hair holds its shape and looks good most of the time.
What normal hair types should do with their hair ...
Normal hair is ideally suited to the use of daily 2-in-1 conditioning shampoos, which are formulated to provide a two stage process with just one application. Your 2-in-1 product should be lathered into your wet hair to remove the dirt, grease and any styling products.
The 2-in-1 conditioner will remain in the lather until you rinse your hair and the additional rinse water removes the dirt and grease. While at the same time micro-fine conditioning droplets are released onto your hair to leave it shiny and tangle free.
Dry Hair Types ... Dull, dry and thick with tangles ... fix it
Dry hair looks dull, feels dry, tangles easily and is difficult to comb or brush, especially when wet. It is often thick at the roots but thin and split at the ends.
Dry hair can be caused by excessive shampooing or over-use of heat-styling equipment or misuse of colors or perms or damage from the sun or harsh weather conditions.
All of these factors deplete the moisture content of your hair, and it loses its elasticity, bounce and suppleness. Dryness can also be a result of a sebum deficiency on the hairs surface, caused by a decrease or absence of sebaceous gland secretions.
What to do with dry hair ...
Use nourishing shampoos and nourishing conditioners. Allow your hair to dry naturally, without blow drying, whenever you can.
Oily Hair Types ... Greasy, Oily, lank and lusterless. Sort it.
Greasy hair looks lank and oily and needs frequent washing.
Overproduction of sebum as a result of hormone imbalance, stress, hot and humid atmospheres, excessive brushing or constantly running your hands through your hair, perspiration, or a diet rich in saturated fat.
Sometimes, your hair will become oily, sticky and unmanageable within hours.
What oily hair types should do with their hair ...
Use a gentle non-aggressive shampoo that also gives your hair volume. A light perm will lift your hair at the roots and limit the dispersal of sebum. Rethink your diet by reducing dairy fats and greasy foods. Try to eat plenty of fresh food and drink at least six glasses of water, every day.
Or Are You a Combination Hair Type...
Both Dry and Greasy Hair ... Oh bugger! Combination Hair types have greasy hair at the roots but dry and sometimes split at the ends.
Combination hair can be caused by chemical treatments or using detergent based shampoos too often or over-exposure to the sun or excessive use of heat styling equipment.
Repeated abuse often provokes a reaction in sebum secretion at the roots and a partial alteration in the scales, which can prevent them from fulfilling their protective role. This then makes your ends dry.
What combination hair types should do with their hair ...
Use products that have a gentle effect on your hair. Try not to use formulations for oily or dry hair excessively, as they may contribute to the problem.
Ideally, use a product specifically designed for combination hair but if this is impossible, try a shampoo for oily hair and finish by applying a conditioner from the mid-length to the ends, only. Try our Natural Solutions for problem hair.
Oh! and then there's colored and permed hair ...
Colored or Permed Hair, no matter what hair type you are, is very often more porous than untreated hair and needs gentle cleansers and very good conditioners.
Use Color-care products to help prevent fading by protecting your hair from damaging UV rays.
Try to obtain specialist products for permed hair that help maintain your hairs elasticity and give longer-lasting results
Try Natures Natural Hair Conditioner
Nature... Has a Natural Conditioner for Your Hair.
Natures best conditioner is in your kitchen cupboard; OLIVE OIL. Whether your hair is brittle, dry, damaged by chemicals, (tinted, permed or streaked) or over-exposed to the sun, go to the kitchen and get the olive oil.
- Apply Warm or Cold
- Pour a little into the palm of your hand
- Palm lightly over your hair
- Repeat until all your hair is covered
- Brush or comb the oil in thoroughly
- Wrap your hair in a clean scarf or towel
- Leave to soak for half an hour
- Rinse out the oil then shampoo as normal
A simple treatment that will leave your hair with excellent shape and texture
Remember Shampoos are made up of water, perfume and detergent. The detergent breaks down the natural oils in your hair, so use as little shampoo as possible each time you wash your hair.