How To Improve Hair Health 

There was a decade in my life when taking care of my hair was nonexistent. I would heat style regularly, wash my hair irregularly, overuse chemicals in my hair, and treat my hair terribly all in the name of getting my hair as straight as possible or to the style I wanted. Being plain old lazy and uneducated about my hair led to the lack of hair growth. My hair couldn’t even reach to my shoulders. This all changed in 2016 when I started researching and learning a lot more about hair. Today, I can proudly say my hair is currently at waist length!  For today’s blog, let’s talk about simple changes you can make to your life that can improve your hair growth and even your health and skin in general.  

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Knowing What Your Hair Likes and Dislikes 

Getting to know what works for your hair and what doesn’t, and which oils agree with your hair is an essential part of your hair journey. It could be the step blocking your hair growth and health. It will take time and research if you are new to this. You can start by looking for persons with a similar hair type as you. How to know your hair type? Well, I’m glad you asked. In this blog we will be discussing that very thing.

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Hair Type   

Let me first start by saying, whatever your hair texture is, it’s yours and it’s beautiful! So, whether if you have fine, thick, long, short, matte, glossy, curly, coil, or straight hair, your hair deserves Love. Andre Walker, a stylist for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, created a devising system that classifies hair according to four hair patterns; type 1 hair is straight, type 2 is best described as wavy, type 3 hair is curly, and type 4 is coiled. Within these hair textures, there are other categories defined by letters usually from a to c with different levels of curls and coils. Your hair type is determined by genetics and having different hair types on one head is normal. For instants, you can have type 4c hair in one section and 4a in another section of your head. Your hair could be straight at the roots and wavy at the ends. The key is to understand what each hair type needs so that you can style it well and keep it healthy.  

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Type 1 Hair is Straight.

Type one hair can be thick or thin, but it is straight without curl, wave, or coil from root to tip. This hair type tends to be oilier than the others. Therefore, hair products that add extra oil to your hair may not be best. A stylist, by the name of Kristi Lovelace, suggested avoiding the use of heavy serums and butters and to instead use texture sprays. Dry shampoos can also help since they are a boon for people with straight, oily hair. 

Type 2: Best Described as Wavy

This hair type is divided into 3 subdivisions 2A, 2B, and 2C and they are all wavy but at different levels. 

Type 2A

This hair type, in its natural state, tends to be a gentle tousled texture. From the roots to around eye level, the hair tends to be straight. And from eye level to the ends, the hair tends to be a loose and undefined wave. To prevent flattening out that wave, steer clear of oil-based or creamy products. Instead, stylists recommend that you boost the base with a light mousse or use a gel to define those waves. 

Type 2B 

This hair type differs from type 2A. The waves have a more defined ‘S’ shape. It may require a little more effort to straighten, but it’s easy to create that beachy look with a spritz salt spray. 

Type 2C

Type 2C has the greatest defined ‘S’-shaped waves out of the three types of Type 2 hair. This hair type is often thick and can be prone to frizzing in damp weather. Stylist Lovelace recommends using a diffuser, a toothy device that snaps onto the end of your blow dryer and helps eliminate the frizz. Anti-humidity products are great products that can be used for humid regions.  

Type 3: Curly

Type 3A 

This hair type has loose S-shaped curl loops. The curls have a circumference a little wider than the large end of a taper candle. One important styling note: Brushing this type of hair can wreck curl definition and lead to a frizzy mane. Stylist Silvana Castillo specialized in types 3 and 4 stated her best advice would be to lose the ponytail due to hair loss. This is because the weight of the ponytail pulls against the front of the hair for prolonged periods. 

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Type 3B 

This curl pattern has a circumference about as wide as the barrel of a Sharpie marker. Curls spring from the roots and have ample volume. To maintain their characteristic spiral shape, these ringlets generally need moisture. Avoid silicone and sulfates in your curl products though. They may temporarily tame frizz, but they can dry hair over time and lead to breakage. 

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Type 3C 

This hair type is tightly curled and springy. It can be perfectly placed around a drinking straw. To preserve the definition in these corkscrew curls, take a hands-on approach. Instead of combing, which can lead to frizz and breakage, use a leave-in conditioner and rake through wet hair with your fingertips. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you air-dry instead of using a blow dryer. 

Type 4: Coils

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Type 4A 

This curl pattern is an S-shaped coil you could wrap around a chopstick. Stylist Castillo describes type 4 hair as the most delicate hair type and the driest hair type. Therefore, moisture is needed which we can get from oils, Deep conditioning masques, butter, and creams to preserve hair health. 

Type 4B 

The curls in type 4B hair zigzag. One popular technique for defining and accentuating your curls is shingling. Shingling begins with wet hair. Gently detangle with your fingertips, using liberal amounts of leave-in conditioner to moisturize and condition. Then separate your hair into four sections. Divide your hair into sections while detangling and use hair tools that are suited to type 4 hairs.  

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Type 4C 

Type 4C coils are the tightest and most fragile. It is easy to break them if you comb roughly or too often, and it’s vital to frequently nourish the hair with rich conditioners. Deep conditioners are a must, butter, and mostly thicker products. 

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