WHAT HAIR TYPE ARE YOU?
By Naomi Attwood, 14 July 2019
The four hair types
Straight hair is determined by the bonds that occur between hair proteins. It doesn’t differ too much in shape, but can vary in thickness from person to person. Straight hair often has a mirror-like shine, so the best products to use are mild shampoos such as SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Shampoo.
Wavy hair tends to form in a loose S-shape, and waves can vary from straight (a slight, smooth wave) to curly, (a tighter S-shape). Like most hair types, wavy hair can be fine, medium-textured or thick and coarse. To maintain this shape, use a product that helps to control frizz but maintain the natural wave, like SheaMoisture Raw Shea & Cupuacu Conditioner (which helps to shield hair from humidity) or argan oil and almond milk shampoo.'
'Curly hair is the most complex, ranging from big, loose curls to tightly coiled springs, and each individual fibre has its own curl pattern. To maintain your curls, it’s important to find a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner, as these can irritate your locks and make them look frazzled. The SheaMoisture range is all free from sulphates. Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel is a perfect styling product.
Kinky hair is naturally drier than other hair types, so it’s crucial to find moisturising hair products. I recommend products containing coconut oil for hydration, such as SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo and Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Multi-Benefit Conditioner.'
'Wash your hair with a 10-pence-sized blob of product as your starting point. It’s always easy to add more if needed. Don’t forget about the scalp; find products that are as kind to it as they are to your hair. Remember to wash with warm water rather than boiling hot, so as not to strip the hair of its natural oils. And finally, always blow-dry with a brush to ensure the hair cuticle is closed.'
Shopping for products
'Defining your hair type is just part one. Once you’ve chosen the right shampoo and conditioner, styling products are also important. Using the wrong ones wastes your money and could even cause damage. Just like your wardrobe, hair needs weather-appropriate products. Avoid using a too-light conditioner when the air is cold and drying and go for a richer one. When it's extra sunny, UV protection products should be part of your haircare daily routine. A great option is Korres Natural Red Vine Hair Protection SPF, containing natural filters to protect hair.'