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Hair Type – Kinky Hair

Kinky Hair Type

Angela Bassett and Oprah both have kinky hair type.

This hair type is the most fragile of all the hair types. The reason for this is that kinky hair has fewer cuticle layers than other hair types. The cuticle layer is the only protection your hair has from the elements of heat and manhandling. So, your cuticle layer gives less natural protection than other hair types and you need to be careful as to how much damage you inflict on your hair.

“kinky hair is the most fragile of all the hair types.”

The cuticle layer of the hair also works to hold moisture in the hair. Once the hair shaft is damaged it cannot be repaired. Products that claim to repair the hair, don’t. They can only temporarily camouflage the damage until it is cut off.

Generally, your hair is very wiry, kinky or tightly coiled. Your hair may appear coarse however, it generally is soft. In its natural state, your hair will not look shiny.

There are two types of curl patterns to kinky hair types.

  • “S” Pattern ~~ When stretched this kinky hair type has a tightly coiled “S” pattern to it and when healthy it will be soft.

  • “Z” Pattern ~~ has a “Z” pattern to it as it bends sharply. This kinky hair type will tend to be more wiry and dry.

Chemical  hair relaxers are often used to help control kinky hair, but avoid overdoing it. It only needs to be relaxed enough to make it a little more manageable; the rest can be done with hair styling. Leave the relaxing to a professional or you could risk extensive damage to your hair.

More than likely you only need to shampoo once or twice weekly. Like curly hair however, your hair may benefit from rinsing with water on day’s you don’t shampoo. Look for shampoos and other products with ingredients such as, shea butter, glycerin, sulfur or carotene. Products containing protein may help in strengthening your delicate kinky hair type.

Kinky hair naturally tends to be dry and brittle so look for shampoo’s and conditioners that are formulated to add moisture to the hair. Use a daily conditioner every time you wet down your hair. Conditioning kinky hair won’t repair past damage, but it will help to strengthen the hair and prevent further damage. A deep conditioning treatment regularly would also greatly benefit your kinky hair type. Once or twice a month, a deep conditioning would be helpful in protecting your hair and keeping it in good shape.

 

  



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Hair Type – Medium Textured Wavy Hair

Jennifer Aniston has Medium Textured Wavy Hair

Hair Type Medium Textured Wavy Hair

If you have this hair type, you’re in good company Jennifer Aniston has medium textured wavy hair. Your hair is beautiful and one of the most versatile hair types. It has a beautiful wave and has lots of volume of its own. I know what you’re saying to yourself, “But it doesn’t wave the same throughout.” With some coaching from your hairdresser you can learn how to work with your medium textured wavy hair to make the best of its natural beauty.

“Jennifer Aniston has medium textured wavy hair”

The art of the hair cut is critical in achieving the best from your waves and minimizing the styling process. Just remember, it’s not a war. If you find yourself with more bad hair days than good, it’s time to find the right hairdresser.

The downside to medium textured wavy hair is that it can become frizzy, especially in humid weather. Those of you with medium textured wavy hair who are living in climates with high humidity . . . you especially need a hair style that works with that in mind. You will not be able to battle your locks into submission for very long, Mother Nature will win out. So, you need a hair style that will give shape to your particular wave patterns, one that will look good even with minimal hair styling effort on your part. Finding a talented hairdresser is key.

A great frizz-busting trick for your hair type; mix spray gel and shine product on your medium textured wavy hair. But don’t use too much . . . just a bit of both on your hands and run them throughout the ends evenly.

 

  



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Hair Type – Straight Hair with Body

Hair Type, Straight Hair with Body

Straight hair with some body, if this is your hair type count yourself lucky

Unlike the fine, thin or coarse heavy hair that is in the straight hair category, your hair will hold when styled . . . at least for some time. It can be formed and shaped usually into soft bouncy curls, although to get these looks you’ll need to do some type of styling to your hair. Your hair takes nicely to chemical treatments, perms, hair color and high lighting when done right with the right hair care products. Your hair type is also receptive to a variety of hair cutting techniques, one length hairstyles, asymmetrical bobs, layering of all sorts, texturizing and razor cuts. Your face shape and your individual lifestyle issues will be more of a determining factor in finding the right hair style for you than your hair type, being that you can do so much with it.

Carrie Underwood Has Straight Hair with Body
Carrie Underwood with loose, free falling, curls. Iron-curl in large sections.

Carrie Underwood with loose, free falling, curls. Iron-curl in large sections. If your hair is long, you will be able to easily wear it straight by simply blow-drying with a straightening serum and a flat brush, or flat iron. Just as easily you can coax it into this season’s hair style of loose, soft waves with a large barrel curling iron, 1 1/4 inch barrel is a great size for these waves. Use a Thermal Active Spray before curling to protect your hair and to hold in the curl. Kenra’s, Thermal Active Spray, is a good choice among others.

Your hair should be washed daily or possibly every other day with a gentle shampoo. If your hair has been colored or permed, choose a shampoo specified for that to keep it in good shape. Your hair will benefit from using a clarifying shampoo periodically, if you use product on your hair. Also a deep conditioning treatment after using a clarifying shampoo can give your hair a big lift in shine and body. You can use any good heavy conditioner as a deep conditioner.

To give yourself a deep conditioning treatment at home, apply conditioner on towel dried hair and cover with a shower cap or saran wrap. Apply heat from your hair dryer and wrap in a towel for 30 minutes. It helps to apply heat periodically, as that is what opens the cuticle to allow deeper penetration of the conditioner. I like Paul Mitchell’s Super Charge Conditioner as a deep conditioning as well as a weekly conditioner.

  



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