How to Care for Your Hair Type

Both men and women tend to be preoccupied with the well-being of their hairstyles. There are numerous products that promise results, but in order to actually improve the condition of your hair, you have to start with the basics and find out what your hair type is. Shampoos, conditioners and adjacent products are designed for natural hair types 4A, 4B and 4C. Therefore, if you have thin hair and are using a product that addresses coarse, edgy hair, chances are you will end up disappointed and blame the product manufacturer instead of acknowledging your error.

You can find out what kind of hair you have using a simple trick: pluck out a single hair and place it on a sheet of paper. If plucking it out was easy and you encounter difficulty in spotting the hair on the paper, it means you have thin hair. If the hair grain was reasonably easy to pluck out and is observable on the sheet, your hair has normal texture, and if you found it hard to pull out the hair grain, you felt that is was slightly rough and it really stands out on the sheet, it means you have coarse hair.

Depending on your natural hair type, you should opt for a proper shampoo and conditioner. Opinions on how often you should wash your hair are divided. Excess of sebum is usually associated with puberty and teen years, but it’s not uncommon for mature individuals to have oily hair. Teenagers with acne, for example, should wash their hair as often as they can in order to prevent additional sebum to reach their pores. On the other hand, if you want to grow your hair long, you ought to wash rarely, because excessive exposure to heat (if you use the hair-dryer) and hot water can severely damage it.

Since we’re on this topic, you ought to rinse it after you wash with cool water as it is highly beneficial for its texture. Cool water helps proteins permeate the hair grains.

You should also give your hair “a treat” at least once a week. You can opt for cosmetic hair masks or for natural, home-made products. The purpose of the treatment is moisturizing and hydrating your hair and scalp without weighing it down.

You can opt for ingredients which suit your hair type:

  • Thin texture can be treated with beer.
  • Coarse texture can be softened with a diluted fabric softener.
  • Dry textured hair would receive proper care if treated with tea.
  • Olive oil, castor oil, and mayonnaise will rejuvenate your hair and bring his shine back.
  • Also, don’t forget trimming the ages every once in a while in order to keep your hair healthy.

Gladys Ruiz