Hair Type: How to determine your hair type density and porosity

Hair Type: How to determine your hair type density and porosity

You may have heard about “Hair Typing”. Today we shall discuss in detail what is hair typing and in what ways you can determine it. Knowing your hair type will help you in selecting your hair care products more easily. You might be using a product that is not suitable for your hair, just to be sure, keep reading to know your hair better.

The shape and pattern of a strand of your hair or the way your hair curls is called your hair type. Accordingly, there are 4 general types of curl patterns:

  1. Straight
  2. Wavy
  3. Curly
  4. Coily

Determine Your Hair Type:

hair type chart
Different types and sub-types of hair

To determine the hair type, next time when you wash your hair and air dry them.

  1. If your hair strands are straight without any curl or wave it means you have #1 Straight hair.
  2. When your hair dries, if it creates a loose S shape then you have # 2 Wavy hair. There are 2 subtypes of wavy hair.
  3. If your hair creates a defined curl or a loop then you have # 3 Curly hair. There are 3 subtypes of type 3 curly hair. To learn more about type 3a,3b click here. For more on 3c hair, then click here.
  4. And if your hair has small curls and zig-zag pattern that means you have #4 Coily hair. Also, there are 3 subtypes of type 4 coily hair. Want to learn all about type 4, click here.
Hair Type 3B

Hair Density:

One of the vital things to know about hair typing is how dense your hair is. Hair density level is defined by the number of strands you have on your head per square inch. You can check your hair density by parting your hair from the middle and see if you can clearly see your scalp than you have low hair density. If the scalp is not clearly visible then you have a high level of hair density.

Porosity Level:

Apart from hair typing, a very important thing to know about your hair is your hair’s porosity level. The porosity level indicates how your hair absorbs the moisture. For different hair types, the porosity levels are different. The dense coily hair does not have a high porosity level as the product sits on the top of the hair and does not get absorbed. on the other hand, fine hair with less density has a high porosity level. As it has defined curl patterns and absorbs the product easily.

Hair Type: Conclusion:

We hope this helps you in knowing your hair better. You might have a mixture of everything in your hair. But to get choose the right products for your hair, you must know your hair type, density, and porosity levels. So that you can take care of your hair efficiently.

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