How to Find Your Hair Type

by Colleen Welsch on March 7th, 2019
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Hair care is not one-size-fits-all. Hair care that works for curly hair types won’t always work for straight hair types, and vice versa. That’s why it’s so important to learn your own unique hair type. Not only does knowing your hair type help you find products that actually work for your hair, but it also tells you how to keep your hair looking as healthy as possible.

How to Find Your Hair Type

First, to identify your hair type, you’ll need to get a good look at your natural hair texture. To do this, wash and condition your hair normally. Then allow it to air dry without applying any products. Now, take a close look at your hair strands and compare them with the descriptions below to find your hair type.

Keep in mind that your hair may be a combination of two hair types, and that’s okay. Experiment with your hair care products to find out what works best for your unique hair.

Type 1: Straight Hair

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As the name implies, straight strands have little to no bend. The straight hair type is usually shinier and more reflective than other types. But it can also be more prone to oiliness or look flat.

How to care for straight hair:

  • Wash hair regularly using a gentle shampoo like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo. This will help to remove excess oil, and keep your locks looking more voluminous.
  • Use a thickening styling product like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir to add the look of extra body to straight hair.
  • If you want to curl your straight hair, spritz hair with an alcohol-free hairspray before using a curling iron to give your curls extra hold.

Type 2: Wavy Hair

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Wavy hair has some bend and often some undefined curls. Most wavy hair can be straightened or curled easily. But the wavy hair type is also more prone to frizziness and dryness than straight hair.

How to care for wavy hair:

  • After washing, dry hair with a cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel to prevent frizz.
  • Bring out your natural waves by applying a dime-size amount of Viviscal Elixir to damp hair. Then blow dry hair upside down using a diffuser.

Type 3: Curly Hair (Looser Spirals)

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Curly hair type has more pronounced S-shaped spirals than wavy hair. Since curly hair is prone to being drier, which can lead to more damage, curly strands require some extra TLC compared to other hair types.

How to care for curly hair:

  • Use a leave-in conditioner on damp hair to lock in moisture and reduce breakage. Or make your own by mixing one part Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner with three parts water in a spray bottle.
  • Use a deep conditioning mask once per week to keep curly hair hydrated and healthy.

Type 4: Natural Hair (Tight Coils)

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Tightly coiled curly hair, or natural hair, has a texture that ranges from S-shaped coils to tight, kinky coils, with a more irregular curl pattern than type-3 curlies. Curly, natural strands tend to be even drier, which can make them more fragile and prone to breakage. But natural curly hair is also a very versatile hair type. It can be styled into elaborate braids, wash-and-go styles that bring out the natural coil texture, or it can even be flat-ironed to straighten.

How to care for curly natural hair:

  • Sleep on a silk pillowcase or in a silk head scarf to keep hair hydrated and prevent tangles overnight.
  • Apply hair-friendly oils like coconut oil whenever your hair needs some extra hydration.

Our #1 Hair Care Tip for All Hair Types

All hair types can benefit from a little extra help in the nutrition department. Your hair follicles require a very specific mix of vitamins and minerals to grow strong, healthy hair.

Give your hair what it needs by taking Viviscal Advanced Hair Supplements. Formulated with iron, vitamin C, biotin, zinc, and horsetail plant extract, Viviscal promotes existing hair growth from within — for all hair textures!*

How do you style for your hair type? Let us know in the comments!