Know Your Hair Texture: How to work best with what you’re given

Anyone who takes their hair seriously knows that it requires regular maintenance from a professional.  Certainly, any major changes in length, style, and texture transformation should always be done in the best hair salon in Montreal.  But in between visits to your favourite Stylist, you need to know how to take care of your lovely locks.   texture to know how to treat it and work best with your Hairdresser.

Straight?  Wavy?  Curly?  Coiled?  Dense?  Thin?  It’s important to know how to know your hair texture from a young age.  You can invest hundreds in tools, equipment, and products, but if you don’t know your canvass, then the type of paint doesn’t matter.  Learn what to choose and how to use it, to achieve your very best head of hair on the daily.  Forget what your friends or favourite celeb are doing, your own personal styling and texturizing are all about finding the tools and techniques that work best for your own tresses.  Figure them out and practice with care.  Here we discuss some general styling habits and texturizing techniques that will help get you started off right.

What’s Your True Texture?

Human hair textures can divided into several broad categories.  There are several aspects that play in when you know your hair texture.  While a person’s texture can be temporarily modified with professional styling, it’s crucial to understand your natural texture type and behaviour too.  This is the foundation we build on.  Then you can select the best quality haircare products and have a better grasp on how different styles will wear and hold.  Now you’re best informed on the coiffures, lengths, and style choices best suited to your hair’s nature.Know Your Hair Texture: How to work best with what you’re given

Which Curl Pattern Best Describes You?

Group A:  No curl. Straight, with a smooth appearance. This type is often shinier looking because your scalp’s sebum and natural oils make their way down the length more easily, without help. Group A hair often lays flat in its natural state, needing a stronger hairspray to hold voluminous designs in place.  It generally doesn’t form or keep curls very well.

Group B:  Loose curl, or “wavy”.  These locks like to form large soft S-shape contours. How tight those sensual waves are differs from one majestic mane to the next, but Group B hair texture stops short of frizzy and lands halfway up the oily/dry meter.  It’s a tweener.  Sound familiar to know your hair texture yet?

Group C:  Yes, “C” is for “curly”… and very often “cute”.  Don’t be jealous, non-Group C people!  Curly-Sue’s need love too. Here the playful strands form a tighter, smaller wavy shape, and there’s more of them. More springy, with many coils, but each lock is still defined and distinguishable from the others.  For as nice as this sounds (and some people even think no-maintenance) this sort of texture is typically more dry than groups A and B. The scalp’s oils don’t find their way down the hair’s strands very easily on their own.  The road is a lot more winding.

Group D:  “D” doesn’t stand for “very tight curls”, but that’s where we’re at. Many many small tight coils… or “ringlets” if you prefer. This type of texture usually forms one big marvellous mop and doesn’t show individual traits of the curls like we described in Group C textured hair. In addition, Group D is usually very dry (for lack of oils and sebum working through the coils) and the owner must moisturize frequently to for proper health.  One more important reason to know your hair texture.

Length, density, thickness and how porous the strands also factor in to determine hair’s texture type.

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One Scalp, Multiple Textures

Yes, it’s possible and even common: as our body ages, we see changes in our hair texture.  Some sections of your hair may suddenly appear straighter or curlier than others, at rest.  Just like how, as the temperature and humidity fluctuates, a person’s locks don’t react the same way all over.  As you’re managing for texture (E.g. frizzing in the rain), don’t panic with all the different things that may be going on up there in different spots.  It’s normal and unavoidable.  Maybe just switch up your haircare ritual and give it a little more specialized care.  After proper maintenance (trim, conditioning, moisturizing, or curling) with a professional Stylist –along with some texture specific advice and maybe a new care product—  you’ll have an easier time with keeping up the desired look.

Straighten Responsibly

If you’re straightening by yourself at home, and use a flat iron, be careful not to damage your tresses.  Running the iron over several times in an effort to get an optimal sleek finish will more likely burn your hair.  Using a straightening iron regularly is ok, but if you repeatedly apply intense heat to the same spots without a chance to breath, it’s going to fry your hair.

Don’t do the same area more than once: the same finish can be achieved if you progress carefully and slowly.  Delicately holding the iron on each area a couple of seconds longer will minimize the heat and pressure applied to that section, without compromising the end result.

Silky Sleeping Habits

May of us lose our desired texture overnight while counting sheep.  As our hair rubs against the pillow or bedsheets overnight, the #1 enemy of its texture becomes friction.  That’s how it becomes one big shaggy fuzzball the morning after.  Doesn’t matter how well you know your hair texture; all that work from the day before is now gone.  Switching to silk for your pillowcases and sheets makes nighttime softer and less damaging on your hair.  An alternative to this major change (it’s not for everyone) is wrapping a soft thin scarf –silk or similar fabric– around your head while you sleep.  Sounds odd, but try it and see!

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Don’t Overdo it on the Products

The texturizing products we use are very important. When styling every morning and wanting the texture to last longer, the tendency is to add in more product.  In the long run, this is unhealthy and only weighs down your hair.  Here’s a trick instead: just flip your hair upside down and run your fingers through, from the roots outward. This adds lift throughout and redistributes some of the product already in there. Next, a light spray of water all over will revive those existing products and strengthen the texture once it dries.

Live and Let Frizz

There’s really no limit to what you can do with your hair.  If things seem a little muddled and you’re not always sure what to do, that’s ok.  Many people have mixed textures within a single mane, but that doesn’t have to make it any less beautiful.  Understanding its true nature and texture will help keep a healthy, stylish appearance for many years.  You learn to adopt new habits and choose products that work well on the daily, as well as how to troubleshoot.  Besides, there’s no such thing as perfection 100% of the time; just relax and enjoy the playfulness.  So bring on the humidity, you can handle it!

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