The answer to that is very simple. If you are losing your hair and are wondering what kind of hair type do I have? There are two major categories that fall under the hair types: Dry and Wet.
Each one has its own distinct characteristics, and both are predominant in men and women. Most people can fall into one or the other, but there are a few people who can’t seem to figure it out.
This article will give you some information about each kind so that you can make up your own mind as to what kind of hair loss treatment is right for you.
If you’re losing your hair, then you probably fall into the category of Dry Hair. This is one of those hair loss categories where all you see are patches of baldness.
In most cases, there isn’t much of a pattern to the hair loss; it just falls out one day and then starts growing back. Some people with this condition have a receding hairline, which is where the hair from the forehead often goes.
If you are starting to notice hair loss along the forehead, then this is a sign that your hair thinning out. If it is only on one side of your head and not the other, then it is more likely that you are going to get the hair growth on the side that is not falling out.
Those with Wet Hair don’t necessarily lose their hair, they just notice it in different ways. For example, if you are losing a lot of hair on your head, then you are probably going to notice hair loss around your ears.
The reason why this occurs is because your hair follicles are getting so close to where the nerves are located. As soon as you start using hair loss treatments, it will thicken your hair, but it will never stop the hair loss from occurring.
The next type is called Combination Hair. This is not actually a type of hair, but more of a combination of two types of hair.
It could be a type of normal hair mixed with gray hair. If you are unsure what to call your hair, then it would be best to ask your doctor or dermatologist. They will be able to tell you what type of hair you have.
The final type is called Follicular Transfer. It is when your doctor or dermatologist uses special tools to transfer hair follicles from one area of your scalp to another.
This helps to restore hair that may have been lost due to hair loss. As you can imagine, this type of hair loss treatment can be very expensive, and most insurance companies won’t cover the cost of this type of treatment.
However, many people find that they can afford this kind of treatment since it rarely has any negative side effects.
So now you should know what kind of hair type do I have. Knowing will help you find out what treatment is best for you.
Your hair loss could be due to any one of these types of hair loss. Just make sure to get all the information possible so that you know what is causing the problem. Once you know the cause, then you can choose the best hair loss treatment available to you.
Know Your Hair Type
1. TYPE 1: Straight – Hair that reflects the most sheen. It is also the most resilient hair of all of the hair types. It is hard to damage and next to impossible to curl this hair texture.
Because the sebum (natural oil produced in the sebaceous glands of the scalp) gently works its way from the scalp to the ends without the interference of curls or kinks, it is the most oily hair texture of all.
Type 1a – Straight (Fine/Thin) – Hair tends to be very Soft, Shiny, difficult to hold a curl, hair also tends to be oily, and difficult to damage.
Type 1b– Straight (Medium) – Hair has lots of volume & body.
Type 1c – Straight (Coarse) – Hair is normally bone straight and difficult to Curl. Asian women usually fall into this category.
2. TYPE 2: Wavy – Hair that lies somewhere between straight and curly hair. It also imparts sheen, more than curly hair, but less than straight hair.
The further down the wavy spectrum you go the less sheen the hair will impart. Wavy hair is typically more prone to frizz. While type A waves can easily alternate between straight and curly styles, type B and C Wavy hair is resistant to styling.
Type 2a – Wavy (Fine/Thin) – Hair has a definite “S” pattern. This type normally can accomplish various styles.
Type 2b – Wavy (Medium) – Hair tends to be frizzy, and a little resistant to styling.
Type 2c – Wavy (Coarse) – Hair is also resistant to styling and normally very frizzy; tends to have thicker waves.
3. TYPE 3: Curly – Pulling a strand of a type 3 curly, you will notice it has a definite S shape. Granted, the S may be a lower case s or upper case S, or it may even resemble a Z on some occasions…however, there is a definite curl pattern in place, with our without products.
This hair type is full bodied, climate dependent (humidity = frizz), and damage prone. Lack of proper care renders dull curls.
Type 3a – Curly (Loose Curls) – Hair tends to have a combination texture. It can be thick & full with lots of body, with a definite “S” pattern. It also tends to be frizzy.
Type 3b – Curly (Tight Curls) – Also tends to have a combination texture, with a medium amount of curl.
Type 3c – Tight curls or coils that looks like corkscrews
4. Type 4: Kinky – Despite many misconceptions, this tightly coiled hair is quite fine and fragile. It is wiry, and delicate by nature.
Each strand usually has a zig zag pattern. Kinky hair is the driest hair type, thus it is more prone to breakage and requires a gentle touch.
A misconception exists that this hair type does not grow. Kinky hair grows at the same rate as other texture; however, if not treated properly it breaks more than other textures.
Treat this hair type like a fine silk blouse – cleanse gently, detangle softly, and avoid harsh chemicals.
Type 4a – Kinky (Soft) – Hair tends to be very Fragile, tightly coiled, and has a more defined curly pattern.
Type 4b – Kinky (Wiry) – Also very fragile and tightly coiled; however with a less visible curl patternType 4c – ‘Z’ pattern hair.