Defined as “filamentous biomaterial” growing from follicles and found in the dermis, the human body is covered in follicles that produce thick and fine hair.[1] If you have been struggling with hair-on-head management problems for a while, you probably never thought that your hair’s characteristics could be defined for the correct maintenance plan. The different kinds of hair are numbered from 1 to 4 and these categories represent range of hair textures.[2]


Type 1: Straight


People with this hair have very little or almost no curl and hair goes straight down, loose and free. While it is a no-nonsense hair to wash, oily scalps is a general lament and holding a curl would be a tall order.


Type 2: Wavy


This hair type sort of comes alive with its little bounce although it is more resistant to straightening or styling due to its naturally curly hair element that provides just enough body for it to move, but not excessively that it gets unruly. If you have Type 2 hair, frizzes might be something to deal with but nothing that cannot be tamed with styling products. Note that within this type, there are 3 subcategories. The 2a hair has a hint of bend that forms an almost “C” shape when totally dry, while 2b and 2c types form into an “S” curl pattern and usually faces more of the frizz issue.


Type 3: Curly


While this type of hair may look gloriously thick, the hair is usually fine. It is the curl definition that causes the hair to bounce, loop or run wild. However, it is also easy to style as it has natural sheen, softness and a degree of elasticity. Three sub-categories of Type 3 hairs exist and are determined by the size of the curl as all three types (3a-3c) would form an obvious “S” wet or dry.


Type 4: Kinky


Most African-American women spot this hair type and it’s tightly coiled and wiry-textured. With proper care, type 4 hair can be beautiful. Type 4a is curlier and grows downwards with coils looking like tiny Os while type 4b is zigzagged instead of curled and creates a fluffy Z-shaped pattern.


How to get thick hair?


Now that you have identified your hair type and the grass always seems greener on the other side, you might lament ‘why thin hair?!’ Partly genetic, thin hair can occur due to the use of too many chemicals, causing hair to break easily.[3] Volumizing products are helpful; apply a mousse at the root area and blow dry the area, applying tension with a brush to build up volume.[4] Allow your hair to grow and shampoo at a lesser frequency with a sulfate-free shampoo that contains less harsh detergents to help preserve hair’s natural oils. Also, massage your scalp when shampooing to improve circulation and blood flow to follicles for a hair growth boost.


 ‘Why thick hair?’


Some women long badly for the lush, thick hair that you most probably inherited from the family. Yet, managing thick hair requires a bit more effort though nothing too difficult. You can get away with not washing hair for 2-3 days, just use a dry shampoo and you’ll notice that hair looks better on day 2.[5] Thick hair takes a while to dry and blow drying immediately after washing causes it to be big and unruly, so try blowing after an hour for a silky effect. Regular conditioners result in greasy hair. Switch to a quality leave-in conditioner and all you need is a little bit to provide the shine to your hair as well as to tame the (if you feel that way) unruly mop of hair.


Angeline Rose

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