3 tips to understanding your hair texture

Understanding hair textureBefore even thinking of applying chemicals to your hair, you must understand and study a little bit about hair characteristics.

Density, porosity, elasticity and texture are some of the stuff you should be aware of before any type of treatment. In this text, we’re going to talk about hair texture. Texture corresponds to a single hair strand thickness and it varies according to the type of hair (straight, curly, etc) and the treatments which it was exposed to.

That’s why we’ve selected 3 tips for you to understand and improve your hair texture.

 

1. Hydrate it

When applying chemicals in your hair, the natural and protective cuticle of your hair is open and gets absorbent. This special layer retains moisture and keeps the strand hydrated – it means that when it is damaged, it loses water and compromises your hair texture.

To avoid dry hair, moisturize it regularly by using reconstruction masks and good conditioners.

 

2. Identify your hair texture

Basically, there are three different kinds of hair when it comes to thickness:

a. Fine: soft texture, can break easily and it doesn’t hold styles well;
b. Medium: it’s the most common hair type, also has a soft texture. But this one looks thicker and doesn’t break so easily;
c. Thick: harsh one – it lasts longer in different hair styles and can be resistant to various chemical treatments.

Once you identify it, it gets easier to know which type of product goes better with your hair – the thinner the hair, the faster the products will act.

 

3. For a strong hair, follow the steps

Strong, shiny and voluminous hair is possible for everyone, you just have to follow carefully these two steps: cleansing and moisturizing.

For cleansing, it’s advised that you use specific shampoos that can work well for your hair type and texture. Remember: treat your hair just as you take care of your skin – don’t shampoo it hard because the harsher you are, the more damage is implied to your strands.

Once cleaned, it’s time to moisturize. As you know, it must be done when your hair is still damp and the conditioner must be applied strictly to the ends and length of strands and never to the scalp. Otherwise, you might suffer from scalp issues in the future because most conditioners are oil based and once this oil gets in touch with the skin, it leaves an oil layer that can cause dandruff and other problems.

 

Sources: Curly Nikki, Women’s Health, Abril, Bolsa de Mulher, Fashion ihub.

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