We’ve been seeing a lot of information about factors that affect hair and scalp. Today, we’re going to talk about Hair Texture and why it is really important.
Let’s understand what’s Hair Texture first!
Hair Texture is nothing but the thickness or width of your strands. It can either be thin, medium or coarse.
How to Determine your Hair Texture?
Pull out a hair strand and hold it against the light. Observe it. If the strand looks wiry, thick and is really visible, it is coarse. If your strand is thin, like you have to fight and squint to get a look because it is barely visible, it is thin or fine. On the other hand, if your hair strand neither falls under thick nor thin but is midway between both and visible, it is medium.
Why Should you Know Your Hair Texture?
Knowing your Hair Texture is really important to decide how to care for your hair and how to keep it healthy. After all, we all know we should pick our hair care products or ingredients based on our hair type. Right? Knowing this will also let you know if or not and what styling treatments you can use for your hair!
Is Hair Texture and Hair Elasticity Interlinked?
Yes, there seems to be a link between Texture and Elasticity, as the Texture also decides the Elasticity of your hair. It is important to understand all factors are interlinked one way or another, but some factors influence other factors more than the rest.
As for Hair Texture, it seems to have a direct impact on Elasticity. Also, Hair Color tends to have an impact on the Texture. For example: Those with lighter hair colors are said to have finer hair, with the darker shades being more stronger, though Red or Ginger hair is considered as the one with the most thickness.
What do the Texture Really Mean?
We’ve already see Hair Texture is Fine, Medium or Coarse. What does it mean really? Is it only about the thickness or width of the strand? How and what does it affect, really? These are the questions right?
As the name indicates, this type of Hair is fine, thinner, smooth and silky. It doesn’t mean it is weaker, but could be! Basically, fine hair has lower volume. Proteins levels are lower, so the hair is delicate and may need tender loving care for maintenance.
It is important to understand that fine hair while not weak, is vulnerable and can get damaged easily. That’s one reason why improving hair length is difficult with fine hair. Deep conditioning is important and avoiding or keeping chemical hair treatments to a bare minimum, retains hair health. Protective styles are ideal as intricate styles with a lot of manipulation can damage the hair.
Medium Hair is right in between Fine and Coarse hair and just right – it is neither too thin, nor too thick! It is on the right side of strong, elasticity is good and the hair is resilient. This means, it can withstand styling and chemical treatments better than fine or coarse hair. The volume is also just right! This type of hair need less maintenance and can do with most ingredients, and little care.
Coarse Texture means the strands are thicker, which means they grow outward instead of growing out longer. So the strands are thicker, but length is quite difficult to achieve with this hair type. It is also said to be less elastic and gets frizzy easily.
The strongest of textures thanks to the rich protein content, Coarse Hair is really resilient to damage. However, using products or ingredients with protein will leave it brittle and dry! Emollients and Humectants are what you need more here and styling treatments or chemical procedures are OK too, as it can take a lot.
While we did cover Texture briefly in our post on types of hair, we did not cover it in detail. But understanding your texture is important to come up with the right Hair Routine. Want healthy and strong hair? Try HY Vitamins Argan Hair Care Range.