Hair Care for the Different Hair Types
Hair. One of the very first things easily noticeable when we meet someone for the first time; so noticeable that in most detective movies, when describing a person, missing or not, hair type and colour are needed. Also, in some international passports, hair color is required to be indicated there too. While some people notice the teeth first, and others the shoes, some, of course, notice the hair. We as ladies think about our hair since it serves to depict our identity as well as influence us to look and feel appealing.
Beautiful hair is very much appreciated; more so when it is beautiful, well maintained and properly taken care of. It is so appreciated even poems and songs have been written about it, but of course even the most beautiful of hairs need care. Actually, beautiful hair is already being cared, hence the beauty for that is why it is beautiful. Each persons hair is beautiful in its own way just like their owner.
There are just 4 basic hair types (straight, wavy, curly, and kinky), but each person’s hair is unique to them; because of course, everyone takes care of their hair the way they want to, the way they know how to, the way they feel makes them beautiful. Sometimes, you can probably tell the personality of a person by the way they take care of their hair, the styles they do and the way they maintain their hair. There’s even a funny quote that says “a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life”.
When hair is well taken care of, it is noticeable, and beautiful hair is wanted by everyone. Some people just want hair but everyone wants beautiful hair.
There are various ways hair can be taken care of and it sometimes depends on the type of hair you have. The type of hair you have determines a lot of what can be done to take care of it. For example, people who have type 1 hair definitely wash their hair. Also, people with type 4 hair definitely wash their hair as well. The thing is, the frequency of wash, the type of shampoo, the type of conditioner or even the type of comb may be different. This is why each hair type and care will be discussed individually.
How to care for the different types of hair
Before we get into it, let us remember that the function of shampoo is of course to wash the hair but by a process of opening the cuticles. Conditioners on the other hand, work by closing these cuticles which in turn keeps the pollutants out and make each hair strand strong enough to prevent split ends and hair breakage.
The main inquiry remains “how can I take care of my naturally straight/wavy/curly and kinky hair”?
All things considered, look no further, quit contemplating and learn how to care for and nurture the different hair types.
How to Care for Straight Hair
Straight Hair – Natural oils from the scalp is very easily distributed in straight hair. This tends to make it look and feel oily.
Shampoos that are not sulfate-free (that is, shampoos that have sulfate in them) cause drying at the scalp, therefore, sulfate-free shampoos are advisable, especially if hair washing is done very often (such as every day). Shampooing the hair should be done every other day or every two days because just as much as the oil in the hair is needed, it shouldn’t be too much. Just the right amount of oil makes it shine and bounce, but too much oil causes it to look limp.
When conditioning, it is advisable to start from the bottom and work with your hands all the way up the hair. Also, when choosing conditioners, something lightweight is better for straight hair, especially if the hair is thin. If it is thick straight hair, voluminous conditioners are good. Too much combing should be avoided if hair is thick, straight and long. Combing should also be avoided when hair is wet since this can cause breaking as it is at it’s most fragile state. If hair must be combed when wet, apply conditioners and use a wide-toothed comb. Combing it out before washing or before getting in the shower are also good ways to prevent hair breakage.
How to Care for Wavy Hair
Wavy hair – Frizzing is when hair forms very tight curls in a big mass which is something that happens when wavy hair is not properly maintained. It also happens when it is humid as moisture in the air enters the outermost layer of the hair strands. This causes the hair to blow up and swell up, therefore causing the frizzy effect.
Frizzing can be prevented by shampooing the hair with sulfate-free shampoo. A glycerin-packed shampoo should be used instead. You can tell if it is glycerin-packed by checking the ingredients written at the back of the shampoo bottle. The glycerin helps by entering into the hair and adding moisture to it from the inside; it also helps by providing a protective coat to prevent pollutants and breakage. Just because a glycerin-packed shampoo is being used does not mean you should skip the conditioner. The conditioner still needs to help keep the cuticles closed to prevent more moisture from the air from entering into the hair. It is also advised to get a conditioner that is glycerin-packed as well. Apply the conditioner mid-hair to the ends of the hair. Every two days, co-washing, that is, using conditioner alone, can be done. Like straight hair, if wavy hair is thin, lightweight conditioners are better; and for thick wavy hair, rich and thick conditioners can be used.
Since it is wavy hair, it means the oils are not distributed evenly like with straight hair, therefore, it should be brushed often. Brushing regularly will help to distribute its natural oils evenly.
How to Care for Curly Hair
Curly Hair – The curly hair strands are more tightly bound together compared to the wavy hair and therefore oil is also not distributed easily thereby making it more vulnerable to drying and tangling.
Shampoos can cause drying and curly hair should not be washed as often as the straight hair. Washing curly hair should be done at a maximum of two times a week; because other than dryness, frizzing can also happen. Shampoos that are labeled “for damaged hair” contain ingredients that are milder than regular shampoo; this is better for curly hair. Silicone-based conditioners (conditioners that have ingredients ending with – “one” on the bottle) should be avoided. Co-washing (Using conditioner only) doesn’t clean the hair but it is beneficial to curly hair to retain moisture because curly hair needs more moisture compared to the other hair types.
While combing often works for wavy hair, it does not work for curly hair; it causes frizzing and split ends in curly hair. If curly hair is tangled, a wide-toothed comb and fingers should be used to untangle from the base and worked all the way up.
How to Care for Kinky Hair
Kinky Hair – the most fragile and most delicate of all hair types is the type 4, kinky hair. It requires being gently handled and as little as possible manipulating be done on it when styling it.
Shampoos used on kinky hair should also be sulfate-free. Washing should be done gently as kinky hair is even more delicate when wet than when dry. When washing, all concentration should be on the scalp and not on the hair itself, this is to, as much as possible, clean the scalp. This action also retains the hair moisture and natural oils present in the hair already. Other than sulfate-free shampoos, shampoos that contain silicones should also be prevented. Conditioners that are creamy and moisturizing are the best for kinky hair because kinky hair should always be about moisture and more moisture. Even between washes, hair should be moisturized by applying leave-in conditioners. Kindly note that oil is not moisture.
Combing kinky hair should not be done dry, only when wet and when packed with conditioner. Even then, it should be done gently and delicately.
Alternate Ways to Care for Hair
As we grow older, great hair is something that we admire and aim for; and while hair growth is dependent on maintenance, which we can control, we cannot control genetics and aging. Diet though, is another thing we can control to help us with strong, healthy hair. Eating right is a great way to take care of our hair; balanced diets with just the right nutrients, and in the right proportions, help hair growth. Some examples of foods that are great for hair growth include eggs, berries, beans, spinach, sweet potatoes, avocados, nuts, shrimps, soya beans and so on; because what we eat has an effect on the health and growth of our hair.
What is your hair type and what are some ways you care for your hair? Are there any special routines you follow when caring for your hair?
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