What’s your hair type?



What’s your hair type?

Straight hair has no curl whatsoever.

Wavy hair tends to be coarse and curves in the shape of an “S” lying flat against the scalp instead of standing away from the head the way that curly hair does. Even if you cut wavy hair in layers, it won’t bounce up.

Curly hair has a definite loopy “S” pattern. The layers of cuticle on each hair don’t lie flat, so curly hair isn’t as shiny as straight or wavy hair. When curly hair is wet, it usually straightens out. As it dries, it absorbs the water and contracts to its curliest state. This is why humidity makes curly hair even curlier or frizzier. If it’s healthy, the hair has soft, smooth curls that are well-defined and springy. Damaged hair is frizzy, dull and dry, with fuzzy, ill-defined curls. It’s not unusual to find a combination of curly textures – ranging from loose curls to ringlets and tight corkscrews – on the same head.

Kinky hair is very wiry and tightly coiled in an “S” pattern or at sharp angles like a “Z”. The hair looks coarse, but it is actually quite fine, with lots of strands densely packed together. Healthy kinky hair feels soft and silky but won’t shine. It looks durable, but it is actually extremely fragile because it has fewer cuticle layers than any other hair type and thus less natural protection from the damage inflicted by brushing, blow-drying, or straightening. Kinky hair may not grow very long because each time you comb it, it breaks.

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