While you sit and admire that girl with straight hair, we promise you; there is someone else looking at you thinking, “Damn! I wish I had those bouncy curls!”. You need a hair care routine that works for you!
There are many hair types, and each of them has its beauty, style, individuality, and uniqueness. While the way you decide to style your natural hair is fully subjective and based on your preference, the way you should take care of it depends on your hair type.
Is your hair frizzy every time you wake up? You are probably using the wrong kind of pillowcase.
That one shampoo that makes your friend’s hair look amazing makes yours look Hagrid-like? We hate to break it to you, but your hair needs are different, and what works for them may not work for you.
Are you losing a lot of hair even when you don’t use any harsh products or heat on the hair? That tight braid that you are always in may be the culprit.
We could go on and on, but you get the point.
The first step is to identify the type of hair you have. Then, you can follow that one hair care routine that best works for your specific hair type. We are here to help you through both these steps, starting with explaining the different types of hair.
Types Of Hair
Based on the curl pattern, hair types can be divided into 4 broad categories – straight, wavy, curly, coiled.
- Straight Hair: There are three sub-categories- very straight, straight with some bends, straight with a courser texture.
- Wavy Hair: Under this category, you have three different types – fine, more-defined S shape, well-defined S shape.
- Curly Hair: You will notice loose curls, tight and springy curls, and S or Z-shaped curls with a spring-like quality.
- Coily Hair: You will find three kinds in this category- loose coils, zig-zag coils, and tight coils.
Based on hair thickness, here are the different types.
- Fine Hair: While fine hair is very soft and silky, it is also highly delicate. The fragile nature of fine hair requires a different hair care routine and extra gentle handling. Finer hair has a diameter of about 50 microns. For your better understanding, a paper is around 70 microns.
- Coarse Hair: Coarser hair usually feels a little rough to the touch. It also holds curls better than finer hair. The diameter of coarse hair is around 120 microns.
Based on scalp moisture, you have three main kinds:
- Dry: A dry scalp may have flakes and very little natural oil production. The oil glands on the scalp are ineffective, leading to frizzy hair that breaks easily and has split ends.
- Normal: Normal hair type has the right amount of oil production, causing no excess dryness or oiliness. You will rarely have any hair problems caused by the moisture in the scalp.
- Oily: People with oily scalp experience a greasiness that weighs the hair down. You may have to wash your hair more often than others.
Based on hair density, you will find different hair types. People with fine hair usually have fewer hair strands than those with coarse hair.
And finally, based on the different hair lengths, you have long, short, and medium-length hair.
Once you have identified the type of hair that you have, it is time to get your hair care routine right, once and for all.
Washing The Hair
If you alter your hair washing routine based on your hair type, you can see drastic changes. The frequency of hair washes depends on the oil production on the scalp. If you have an oily scalp, you may have to wash your hair more frequently. People with a dry scalp should keep long gaps between their washes as they can use all the moisture and oil your scalp produces.
People with fine hair should wash it often as it can easily be weighed down with oil. However, it is also important to use a mild shampoo as fine hair is delicate. Choose the Tru Hair Fermented Rice Shampoo or other range of shampoos from Tru Hair as it does not contain any harsh chemicals, Parabens, Sulphates or LLPs, making it very mild and gentle on the scalp.
Picking The Right Conditioner
A conditioner’s job is to provide your hair with the moisture it lost while shampooing and enhance your hair. For people with oily hair, picking an intensely moisturising conditioner is not the best option as it will only increase the oil level. However, instead of skipping the conditioner step altogether, you can use a conditioner before shampooing the hair. You can also pick conditioners that focus on balancing and volumising, like the Tru Hair Tea Tree Conditioner or the Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioner. Both these ingredients have to purify properties that help keep oil in control, along with other beneficial properties.
Pick a conditioner that promotes hydration and moisture for dry and damaged hair. The Tru Hair Fermented Rice Conditioner contains coconut milk which helps in intense hydration and nourishment dry hair needs.
Oiling The Hair
Oiling the hair has a multitude of benefits. It is common knowledge that people with dry scalp should oil their hair more often, but it is also a common myth that people with oily scalp should not oil their hair. By believing this myth, people with oily scalp are missing out on the many benefits of a warm oil treatment.
People with oily scalp should, oil their hair less often than people with dry hair and wash it off after an hour. However, it is recommended that people with dry scalp keep the oil overnight for best results. The Tru Hair Oil with Heater is suitable for all hair types. It provides you with the goodness of 13 rare herbs that can protect your hair from damage, irrespective of the hair type.
Styling, Brushing, & Other General Care
Most of our daily hair routine involves styling the hair with heat. While heat styling is bad for all hair types, it is worst on fine hair. Fine hair is fragile, and hence when heat is applied, it can easily break off and be more prone to damage. So, now you may want to consider using styling tools that do not use heat.
When brushing your hair, use wide-toothed combs for detangling. People with frizzy hair can use a boar bristle brush to distribute the scalp oils along the length of the hair to help tame it better. For curly-haired people, curls stay more defined which they are scrunched up after a bath and not brushed. For others, brush your hair atleast once every day to stimulate blood circulation and keep the hair tangle-free.
Other general care that applies to all includes sleeping on silk pillowcases, using a microfibre towel to dry the hair, and getting regular haircuts.
Ensure that the products you use are suitable for your hair type and not damaging. The Tru Hair range of products contains great Ayurvedic ingredients that can help tackle any hair problems. They are also free from harsh chemicals and ingredients that may damage your hair, making them a safe and effective choice for all hair types.
Now that you can easily figure out the best hair care routine that works for you, get on the journey to transform your hair into a thing of beauty.
Dr. Tambe (Ayurvedic Practioner)
Dr. Tambe is an Ayurvedic Consultant, practicing in Satara City, Maharashtra for the last 45 years.He comes from a long line of Ayurvedic doctors. His grandfather and father were both Vaidyas, therefore he wanted to continue the family legacy.This year, his family will celebrate 100 years of Ayurvedic service