There’s a lot that needs to be considered before picking a hairstyle, but most important is your hair texture. This is fundamental to learning how to properly care for your locks so that you can bring out the best in your ‘do. That’s why we’ve rounded up a few tips to help you better understand your hair. Here are nine things every girl should know about hair texture:
- Six Types of Texture
There are six basic hair textures. These include: fine, frizzy, wavy, coarse, and straight. Hair texture can also be a mixture, such as curly and frizzy hair. It’s easy to tell what kind of hair you have just by looking at it (when you haven’t styled it, of course). You hair texture determines how easy or difficult it will be to achieve a particular hairstyle.
- The Best Length for Curly Hair
Curly hair tends to poof more when it isn’t being weighed down either by a product (like Snobgirls’ V-V Curls Prowash) or its sheer weight. Allowing your hair to grow out will make it more calm and manageable. That’s not to say you shouldn’t have short hair – but it could take a little more work.
- The Best Length for Fine Hair
While curly hair needs extra weight to make it more manageable, fine hair will look dead if it’s too heavy. Keep your hair shorter if you have this texture to give it more body – unless you have a square or round face shape. In this case, growing out your hair to at least the shoulders can actually help make the length of your face appear longer and more flattering.
- Getting Layers
Which hair types benefit from layers? All of them! Layers can work wonders for your hair, giving it body, movement, and softer lines. Consider getting them done the next time you get a cut.
- Getting Bangs
Can anyone pull them off? Generally, this hairstyle is best for those with straight, fine, or coarse hair…but if yours is curly, you could get away with it by getting side-swept bangs. Just be sure you don’t have them cut when your hair is wet, or they’ll recoil into short odd-looking ringlets when they dry.
- Picking the Right Products
The products you use should be suited to your hair type. For example, if you have thin and lifeless hair, you should be looking for products that will help give it a fuller appearance like Snobgirls’ Bodydense Prowash Volume Body Lift. On the other hand, if you have frizzy and curly hair, you need products that will smooth and moisturize your strands, like Sudzz FX’s Zenyth Frizz Eliminator.
- Pick the Right Tools
Different hair types have different needs, and that includes styling tools! Depending on the texture of your hair, some tools will just work better than others. For example, if you have straight, wavy, or coarse hair, you should think about getting an ionic blow dryer. This will help prevent your hair from frizzing or burning. For curly hair, on the other hand, you don’t want to use too many tools since this hair type typically frizzes easily. Use a diffuser or skip blow drying altogether and just let it air-dry.
- Limit Your Washing
Different hair types require different washing methods. The key is to wash as little as your hair type will allow, especially with color- or chemically-treated. For fine hair, we recommend washing three times per week (go for a lightweight conditioner to keep your strands from looking dead). For curly hair and thick hair, you can go a few days between washes.
- Love Your Hair
A lot of us tend to hate on our hair texture when in reality there are things about your hair that tons of other girls wish they could have, like it’s length or it’s thickness. Don’t be so hard on yourself -- don’t waste hours in the mirror trying to flatten curls or curling flat hair if you would rather just start your day. With the right products and tools, you can bring out the best in any hair texture – so love your hair!
What do you love most about your hair? Let us know in the comments!