Caring for your hair becomes a whole lot easier if you understand your hair type and the pros and cons that come with it…

Hair types explained

Hair is divided into three main types: Straight, wavy and curly. Each hair type is then subdivided further to distinguish between different characteristics within each hair type.

Curly hair, for example, is classified by the size (from large to small) of the curl, and along with that classification other factors like texture will come into play.

Let’s get into an overview of caring for each hair type:

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Straight hair

While all straight hair might look similar to the untrained eye, a lot of different factor can influence the overall behaviour of your hair.

Fine hair is prone to becoming greasy quickly, and it doesn’t take much for it to become absolutely loaded with static.

Thick, coarse hair tends to become heavy very quickly, which can often lead to triangular-shaped hairstyles that seem to puff out at the ends.

Generally straight hair is easy to style. Treat the ends (and only the ends) with a finishing product before you start drying, and don’t worry too much about blowdrying from the get-go.

Rough-dry your hair and add the finishing touches with a straightener or ceramic blowdry brush.

For added volume and a bit of a stretch between wash days, us dry shampoo on the roots daily – even on wash day and on days when your hair still looks clean – it adds movement and oomph.

Wavy hair

Wavy hair can be the ultimate low maintenance hair type depending on just exactly how wavy it is.

Whether your hair is very slightly wavy or borderline curly, I would recommend trying to wear it naturally wavy. It may take a bit of trial and error with leave-in conditioners and finishing products, but the goal is to prevent frizz without adding weight.

Light layered haircuts generally work well with wavy hair, regardless of length.

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Curly hair

Curls vary greatly – from large, loose curls to tightly wound spirals. Generally curly hair is prone to being both dry and dehydrated, so ensure that you use products that contain protein, moisture, as well as oil.

Frizz is a common problem for curly hair. Since you’re likely not prone to oiliness, generous application of conditioning creams and serums should not be a problem – the better the moisture balance of your hair, the more beautiful your curls will be. Again, trial and error will be required to figure out the product combination that’s just right for your hair.