You can determine your natural hair types on the basis of its density, porosity, elasticity and hair texture. When you find someone gifted with beautiful thick, long and shiny hair, you ask them about the hair product they are using. You might buy the same hair product and use it. But in spite of working wonders they might damage your hair.
The reason behind is that quality of hair of every individual is different and so their hair products also needs to be different. To make the correct selection of hair products, haircuts, and hairstyle it is very important to have knowledge of natural hair types.
In this article, you will learn about how to determine natural hair types on the basis of its density, porosity, elasticity and hair texture.
Tips to analyze natural hair types
1. How to determine hair density
It is very simple. Stand in front of the mirror. While looking at your mirror image part your hair with the help of a comb or your fingers. Part hair from the middle. Pin up your hair of the one side of the part. Take a chunk of hair from the other side of the part and move it to around. This will make the hair roots visible to you from different angles. With the help of other hand hold a flashlight above your head to have a good light to help you to see clearly. If you are not able to see much of the scalp your hair is dense, medium density is indicated when you see some scalp and if most of the scalp is visible in your hair density is really very thin. Check the whole scalp as hair density may differ at a different spot on your scalp.
2. How to determine the texture of your hair
To determine the hair texture first shampoo your hair and use a conditioner. Let your hair dry. Do not use a hair dryer for this purpose. Better use a towel or fan your hair to dry. Now take a regular sewing thread about 8 inches in length. Pull out a hair strand. Keep both the hair strand and thread on a white paper side by side and compare them closely. In the case of curly hair better stretch them. If the thickness of hair is thinner than thread piece your hair is thin. If it the thickness of both thread and hair is same your hair texture is medium and if hair strand is thicker than thread your hair texture is thick.
3. Determining porosity or ability to retain moisture
Properly wash your hair and dry it with the help of a towel. To determine the porosity, pull a hair strand and put it in a bowl filled with water. If hair stand floats its indicates low porosity, if it stays for a while indicates medium porosity and if it sinks it indicated high porosity.
4. Determining elasticity- Pull out a strand of hair and stretch it in between both the hands slowly. If your hair stretches long it indicates strong and highly elastic hair. If it stretches a little elasticity is medium. If your hair breaks immediately, it indicated low elasticity.
I hope you find this article to helpful and will now be easily able to categorize your natural hair types according to your hair quality.