Lots of women get confused with their hair types and often treat the symptom with the wrong cure. Just because it’s curly doesn’t mean it’s coarse and just because it’s wavy doesn’t mean it’s curly. Not only does this mean you could well be caring for your hair inappropriately, it also results in incorrect product usage and unnecessary purchases.
If you think your hair is fine, the correct way to check is to take a small strand of hair and estimate the texture from there. If it feels fine and fly away then your hair would be considered fine. There is also often very fine “baby” hair in the hairline which may feel like breakage. Often women with fine hair have lots of hair and this can be misinterpreted as thick or medium hair. However, be aware of how quickly your hair absorbs product. If you end up looking like a wet chicken after applying a product, then that too is an indication of fine hair.
The most coveted of the lot, medium hair is usually wavy, not very dry or oily and can be very manageable. The strand will feel smoother than coarse hair and is usually thicker in density. There isn’t always a lot of frizz and styling may be halted by a simple issue: too much hair!
It’s often a lot easier to style and treat with either colour or just a mask. The best way to know if your hair is medium is be feeling the density of the strand. It’s not necessarily stronger than fine hair but it may feel slightly rougher.
This is a thicker strand and will be rough to the touch. It may even have a curl or may be straight because of the weight if it’s very thick. It’s not always that coarse hair is thick, but rather that the texture might be really frizzy and will feel bumpy when you run your fingers up and down the strand. Styling may take longer because of the natural volume and frizz that comes along with having thicker hair, but not to worry: this type of hair can usually handle straightening or colouring agents quite well and with the right care, it’ll be easy to handle.
Ethnic hair usually has a very tight curl, is darker in colour and feels almost spongy to the touch. It can be incredibly fine. A chemical straightener can make styling easier. Of course, colour is restricted because despite the fact that it may be easy to relax or straighten ethnic hair, the ammonia in tints and bleaches cause the hair to deteriorate rapidly and break. Colour shampoos are the best bet for anyone with ethnic hair who is wanting to tint it. Ethnic hair is also naturally dry and needs constant care. Products rich in moisture will serve well to protect and keep hair healthy and hair oils are a good bet in keeping frizz at bay.
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I have medium, but dry. Need to take good care of it so it is manageable.
I have fine hair…and tons of it!!!!
Great article, thank you.
Wow I didn’t know that my hair is medium, thank BeautySouthAfrica from now onwards I will be able to take care of my hair and use the correct products…..
Good to know that my ethnic hair needs constant care, thanx.
I have ethnic hair but my hair is also fine. I’m not sure how that works or if it is correct.
Thank your for this update, it makes things clear.
I think I have ethnic hair that is very fine because my hair is very fragile, spongy, tightly coiled but oh-so-soft. I don’t know why people think ethnic hair and afros are rough and tough.