When I am selecting products and choosing methods for care and styling, these are some characteristics on which I base my decisions.
My hair texture is 100% natural. I do not relax, tex-lax or texturize my hair. The only chemical alteration that I have made to my hair is the vibrant red color.
When wet, my hair stretches significantly and appears nearly straight. When diffused with heat, my hair turns into loopy, s-shaped curls that form Sharpie sized spirals at the ends (mainly on the hair in the back of my head). When air dried, my hair has a loose wave pattern. My hair straightens fairly easily with heat and tends to frizz and collapse in humid conditions. As I’ve gotten older, I notice my hair is less curly than it was as a kid. This trait runs on my mother’s side of the family. I fully expect my hair to continue to lose curl as I age.
My results from the float test showed that I have medium porosity. The strands of hair floated for a moment, and then slowly started to sink and wiggle around in the water. They never actually stopped moving, and they never sank all the way to the bottom of the bowl. My hair holds style well, whether it’s straight, wash-n-go curly or in an up-do, it pretty much stays put unless external forces (mainly humidity) swoop in and attack!
I have lots of hair per square inch. My scalp is not visible unless I have purposefully parted it to show. It’s rather deceiving until you begin to dig into it…or at least that’s what everyone who’s ever styled my hair has told me.
According to the thread test, my hair is fine width. What saves me in the style department is my high density. My hair is fine, but there’s a whole lot of it!
Medium and Long Lengths
I have hair ranging from 8-12 inches in length due to my layered cut for shape. I sleep in the pineapple when I wash-n-go, or in a scarf and bonnet combo if I’m bunning.
Other things I’ve noticed about my hair…
What’s your hair type? Learning about texture typing will help you get the best results for your hair. Knowing what type of hair you have and what its characteristics are will help you select proper products and tools. You will also have less trial and error and more success with styling and care!
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