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Whenever you are talking about hair types, the first thing that usually pops up in your mind is the simple division into straight and curly hair. But, did you know that there are twelve hair types? To make your hair the best it can be, you need to take proper care of it and you should apply the correct hair routine. Understanding your hair type is only half the job- the other thing for you is to figure out the best routine that will do for your hair type since not all products are effective for each particular hair type. Here is a short guide on how to identify your hair type. 

There Are 12 Hair Types 

According to the main principle, there are four main types – straight, wavy, curly, and coiled or kinky. There are also three subcategories for every group. The straight hair category includes fine or thin hair, prone to oil; the second group involves medium thick with some volume; the third group is about coarse and thick straight hair that cannot hold curls. When it comes to wavy hair, there are also three types. Viz, there can be S-shape, S-shape with some frizz, an S-shape prone to frizz. When it comes to curly hair, you can distinguish between fine or loose curls, medium, and tight curls, and tight or thick curls. Lastly, there are coils, which are extremely tight curls with therefore springy coils, z-coils, and very tight, coarse coils.  

Straight Hair 

Every hair type has its structure and texture. The best way to distinguish your hair type is by seeing how your hair lies on the scalp. If your hair lies flat on your scalp, is heavy, and almost impossible to style, this is the third type; it is coarse or thick, straight hair type. To better distinguish these straight hair types, we will use 1A, 1B, and 1C. Therefore, previously mentioned was 1C. It may appear that hair typing is difficult, however, it is not the case. Namely, if your hair receives some texture, then you are moving to 1A type which is fine, thin, and prone to oil, and is not completely straight but has some texture to it. 

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Wavy Hair 

Wavy hair is not overly oily nor too dry. Wavy hair falls right between straight and curly hair. It has some structure to it and can be divided into three types. There is the transition from the less wavy to almost curly. This mostly depends on the frizz that wavy hair has. The first type of wavy hair is fine and thin and has no frizz. It can be styled and is not so dry. The second type is of sharper S-shape and has some frizz. The problem with this one is that it is a bit drier than the previous type, and some deep conditioning needs to be applied so that the hair has better hydration. Thirdly, this type is rather coarse and prone to frizz. This type of wavy hair needs proper care which demands good quality oils, conditioners, masks, and shampoos. 

Curly Hair 

Curly hair is amongst the most striking types and has a definite S shape. This one does not lay flat on the scalp and is nowhere as shiny as the first two types since there are also three types of curls. The first type is the shiniest and softest of all three types. The second type is thicker and medium; additionally, this type is rather difficult to style and has a sharp texture. Lastly, the third type is coarse and thick; has frizz, and is almost impossible to be styled. If you want to take proper care of it, then you need to invest some money into the best quality products regarding maintenance and styling. It is quite difficult to precisely say which product is the most effective since it takes some time to identify the ones working for you. 

Kinky Hair 

The best term for this hair is “tight curls”. Often, it turns to be coarse and maintains the hair shape whether it is dry or wet. Unfortunately, even though it is extremely thick, it is prone to heat- and styling- damages. This hair type demands deep moisture and conditioning. There are some coils to be distinguished and it depends mostly on how much it has fizz to it. 

How to Adapt Hair to Your Face Shape 

Since there are different face shapes, there are certain hairstyles that fit the face shape the best. A nice haircut and hairstyle can even be considered to be an alternative to plastic surgery. For instance, an oval face is the ideal face shape for any kind of cut. Multi-layered, long cuts match round faces the best regardless of hair type. 

It is interesting to distinguish among 12 different hair types and identify the one for you. However, just as earlier mentioned, it is just halfway. You need to find the hair care routine working for you. 

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