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How to Determine Your Hair Type?

Last update: Sep 22, 2017 07:35, April Williams

Oily Type

Characteristics of this hair type include:

  • oily sheen the first day after shampooing;
  • strands stick together;
  • no splitting;
  • oily dandruff and itchy scalp;
  • hair looks unkempt;
  • no feeling of tightness after shampooing; and
  • it does not become fluffy after a blow-dry.

Oily hair type is the most problematic. Strands become oily if the sebaceous glands of the scalp produce too much secretion. You should pay attention to oily hair type as it’s not just an aesthetic component, but also possible health problems. Also, harmful bacteria that cause skin diseases and hair loss breed actively on an oily scalp. These are the most common causes of oily hair:

  • hormonal disorders;
  • disorders of the endocrine system;
  • nervous system problems;
  • stress;
  • medication;
  • excessive sweating;
  • unhealthy diet: eating too many fats and carbohydrates; and
  • excessive combing.

To help the sebaceous glands normalize and to make your hair restore its oil balance, the following measures are necessary:

  • diet adjustments: reduce the consumption of fatty, fried and spicy foods, as well as sweets. Include more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains;
  • drink plenty of pure water;
  • wash your hair regularly in order eliminate the chance of harmful bacteria to develop rapidly;
  • use room temperature water when washing;
  • use dry shampoo;
  • use cosmetic products specifically for oily type — they will help to extend the feeling of freshness.

Combined Type

Characteristics of the combined hair type include:

  • the scalp becomes oily just a couple of days after shampooing;
  • split and broken hair ends;
  • strands often stick together.

Combined hair type is the most difficult to take care of due to the fact it combines two opposite properties, i.e. dryness and oiliness. Most frequently, this is a problem for the owners of long hair, because the sebum is not evenly distributed throughout the entire hair length. Often, hair shows the signs of a combined type in spring, when, after the season of warm hats, the roots become oily, and the ends have suffered from the cold, wind and dry air of heated rooms. Sometimes the frequent exposure to a hairdryer or flat ironing can cause this problem. The impact of chlorinated tap water is a great stress for the hair.

The main rule of care for the combined type is to avoid the use shampoos and other products for oily type (this is how you’ll dry the ends even more), and also for dry type (this will make the sebaceous glands work more actively). Choose a shampoo, the composition of which has no active substances such as silicone, sulfur, acids, and tar. Ideally; silk proteins, jojoba oil or ceramides are beneficial in hair products for this type. Almost every line of professional cosmetics provides special products for a combined type. You can also use mild detergents that are suitable for daily care of any type. Also, pamper your strands with special agents for dry ends and homemade masks.

2 comment(s)

  1. Thanks for the info; I have now determined my hair type. My hair is medium-thick, curly and quite dry. Sometimes I love my hair to be looking sleek and straight after using my hair straightening brush, but other times I like to embrace my natural thick curls. I want a product which will enhance them, any suggestions on how and what to do?

    1. Trina

      Apply a leave-in conditioner or moisturizer with your fingers by scrunching the tips of your hair with the product. Using a leave-in product will greatly help with the dryness of your hair. You probably already know this, but don’t brush or comb your hair because it will make it frizzy. I hope this helps you.

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