The easiest way to explain this is to use myself as an example.
That is when I started to take the time to truly understand my hair. You can say I built a relationship with my hair. And not just the Andre Walker Typing System, which is limited in utility. I learned about various aspects of hair typing so I could better understand how to moisturize and style my hair. And that is when I had my major breakthrough.
3 Things You Should Understand About Hair Typing
Multiple Hair Types in One Head
Porosity and How It Effects Your Hair
is the most useful information associated with hair typing for most curly girls. Porosity refers to how your hair strands retain moisture. High porosity hair has a very difficult time retaining moisture because water enters and leaves the shaft easily. This is true for many.
Hair Texture and Hair Limitations
My hair texture is medium-thick. You know all those people who fear heat damage? I’m not one of them. I’m not saying I can’t heat damage my hair — because I have — but it is harder for me to do so. Why, you ask? Because my strands are thicker. They are more resilient. Due to trial and error, I’ve learned my heat limits. In fact, for me, wash and gos cause way more damage to my hair. But for some, with finer strands, heat can seriously wreak havoc on their hair. But if you know your hair texture, you are better prepared to deal with heat and mechanical damage concerns.
When it comes to curl pattern and elasticity, I don’t really think about it. My hair has a lot of shrinkage and I’ve embraced it. My hair is dense. Very dense. I’ve embraced that too. Detangling is more of a challenge for me, but I have a very full and vibrant head of hair. So I guess you would say this is more of a testimonial…
Each hair types with its own their pros and cons. But if you take the time to learn your hair, the pros will far outweigh the cons.
How have you applied hair typing to your hair regimen?