How to Identify and Style Your Hair Type?

How to Identify and Style Your Hair Type?

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Understanding your hair type is not just about how it looks but also about its texture, behavior, and what it needs to look its best. Here’s a breakdown of the different hair types and how to identify and style each one:

What does hair type mean?

Hair type categorizes your hair based on its natural shape and pattern. It's generally classified into several main types: straight, wavy & curly. Determining your hair type involves observing how your hair naturally falls and the shape of your strands.

Straight Hair: 

Straight hair is characterized by strands that lie flat and lack significant waves or curls. It tends to be shiny because the natural oils from the scalp can easily travel down the hair shaft. People with straight hair often struggle with maintaining volume, especially if their hair is fine. To style straight hair, focus on adding volume and texture. Use volumizing shampoos and conditioners, and consider using a round brush while blow-drying to add lift at the roots.

Wavy Hair: 

Wavy hair falls between straight and curly. It has gentle waves that can range from loose to more defined. Wavy hair tends to be more prone to frizz due to its texture. To enhance waves, use products specifically designed for wavy hair, such as curl-enhancing creams or mousses. Allow hair to air dry or use a dryer on low heat to maintain wave definition without causing frizz.

Curly Hair: 

Curly hair forms well-defined, spiral curls. It can range from loose curls to tight corkscrew curls. Curly hair is often drier compared to straight hair because the natural oils have a harder time coming down to the roots of the hair. To style curly hair, focus on moisture retention and curl definition. Use sulfate-free shampoos that won't strip natural oils, and use moisturizing conditioners. Apply conditioners gently to the roots of the scalp to define curls and reduce frizz. Avoid brushing curly hair when dry to prevent disrupting the curl pattern and causing frizz.

Coily Hair: 

Coily hair has tight, small curls or coils that can range from zig-zag patterns to spring-like curls. It is the most fragile hair type because of its shape and requires ample moisture to maintain its shape and health. To style coily hair, focus on hydration and gentle handling. Use deep conditioning treatments regularly to keep coils moisturized and soft. Detangle gently with fingers or a wide-tooth comb when wet and use oil or butter to smooth in moisture and minimize frizz.

How to style and care for your hair type

Styling and caring for your hair type involves using products and techniques that cater to its unique characteristics. Here are some tips for each hair type:

Straight Hair: Keep it smooth and add volume with lightweight products. Use a clarifying shampoo occasionally to prevent buildup that can weigh hair down. Consider using a dry shampoo to add texture and volume between washes.

Wavy Hair: Enhance waves with curl-enhancing products. Avoid weighing down hair with heavy conditioners and opt for lighter formulations. Scrunch hair gently when applying products to encourage wave formation.

Curly Hair: Moisturize curls with leave-in conditioners and curl creams. Use gentle, sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners that won't strip natural oils. Apply products to damp hair and use a diffuser or air dry to maintain curl definition.

Coily Hair: Keep coils moisturized with deep conditioning treatments. Use oils to seal in moisture and minimize frizz. Detangle gently with fingers or a wide-tooth comb when wet and avoid using heat styling tools that can cause damage.

Understanding and embracing your hair type allows you to choose products and styling methods that enhance its natural beauty while addressing its specific needs. Experiment with different techniques to find what works best for you, and remember that consistency and patience are key to achieving healthy, styled hair.

How porosity and density affect your hair

Understanding porosity and density is essential for tailoring your hair care routine to meet the specific needs of your hair.


Porosity refers to how well your hair absorbs and retains moisture. It is determined by the structure of the hair cuticle—the outermost layer of the hair strand.

Low Porosity:

  • Characteristics: Hair with low porosity has tightly bound cuticles, making it difficult for moisture, oils, and products to penetrate.
  • Care Tips: To effectively moisturize low-porosity hair, use lightweight, water-based products that won't weigh hair down. Clarifying shampoos can help remove product buildup that may block moisture absorption. Deep conditioning with heat (using a shower cap or steamer) can help open up the hair cuticle and allow moisture to penetrate.

High Porosity:

  • Characteristics: Hair with high porosity has gaps and holes in the cuticle, allowing moisture to easily enter but also escape quickly.
  • Care Tips: Focus on sealing moisture into high-porosity hair with hair oil, butter, and cream. Protein treatments can help strengthen the hair cuticle and reduce porosity over time. Avoid over-processing hair with heat or chemical treatments that can further damage the cuticle.

Understanding your hair's porosity helps you choose the right products and techniques to maintain optimal moisture balance, prevent frizz, and enhance overall hair health.


Hair density refers to the number of hair strands on your scalp per square inch. It can range from low to high density and affects how full or thin your hair appears.

Low Density:

  • Characteristics: Hair with low density appears sparse and may have a more visible scalp. It can be challenging to create volume and fullness with low-density hair.
  • Care Tips: Use lightweight products that won't weigh down hair. Volumizing shampoos and conditioners can help create the appearance of thicker hair. Avoid heavy styling products that can flatten hair.

High Density:

  • Characteristics: Hair with high density appears thick and full. It can hold styles well but may be prone to feeling heavy or bulky with certain products.
  • Care Tips: Use moisturizing products to keep hair hydrated and manageable. Consider layering products to enhance definition without weighing hair down. Regular trims can help maintain shape and reduce bulk.

Understanding your hair density helps you choose hairstyles and products that complement your natural volume and thickness, ensuring your hair looks its best.

Aligning Up

Identifying and understanding your hair type, porosity, and density are essential steps in developing an effective hair care and styling routine. Experiment with different products and techniques to find what works best for your unique hair characteristics, ensuring healthy, beautiful hair every day.