Hair can range from straight to very curly with everything in between. These differences in hair can have a drastic impact on how the hair is best cared for.

Classifying your hair.
There are many different hair typing systems, (L.O.I.S, Fia’s hair typing system, etc.) and no single hair type system is necessarily better or more accurate than another. For the purposes of understanding the different types of hair, we will look at one popular hair typing system the Andre Walker Typing system.  This system classifies hair into 12 different types though a person can have more than one type of hair at once. Hair can be classified into one of twelve types, are ranging from straight to kinky. The relative straightness or curl of the hair is depicted by a number, from 1 to 4, with 1 being straight, 2 being wavy, 3 being curly, and 4 being kinky. The difference between curly hair and kinky hair can be a little confusing, but hair that is described under this system as “curly” tends to be loose curls or coils.  Kinky hair tends to have sharper folds that add a lot of volume to the hair. Kinky hair can range from tightly coiled hair to z-angled coils. The next element of hair classification ranges from A to C. The letter in this system goes after the number (for example hair type 1A). The letter depicts various qualities of the hair, in particular, the type of curl and the diameter of the hair. These differences can depend on the type.

What makes hair curly or straight?
Hair is curly, straight, or wavy depending on a variety of factors. Firstly, the shape of the hair follicle. Naturally, straight hair will have follicles that are round while wavy or curly hair tends to have oval shaped follicles and hair that coils hair will have nearly flat follicles. Another thing that can impact the relative texture of the hair is the keratin proteins in the hair and, of course, genetics. The curlier one’s hair is, the more prone it is to shrinkage (that is appearing shorter than it actually is).

What are some differences in how I should take care of my hair depending on the type?
For those with straight or wavy hair, there may be a tendency for the hair to become greasy faster than curly hair type. This is because the natural oils from the hair have an easy time traveling down the shaft of hair that is straight. As such a person with straight hair may feel the need to wash their hair more often. Curly hair tends to be drier than straight hair as the natural oils from the scalp do not travel down the length of the hair as easily as it would with straight or wavy hair. As such a person with curly or kinky hair may find it necessary to add oils to the hair and scalp more and wash their hair less (as over washing the hair may lead to hair becoming dry. With the variety of different hair types, it is important to do what you know is healthy for your hair. The Vitalize hair products are safe for all hair regardless of type. If you are interested in regrowing or improving the health of your hair give us a call at 1-800-800-7577.

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