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What Your Hair's Texture is Telling You

Monday, 22 Nov 2010 01:45 PM

Hair textures and colors can reveal a lot.

Hair styles and hair texture and color can be varied and may be compared to complexions when discussing the variations. The hair may be straight, wavy, curly, or kinky. Even within these groups, it may be further distinguished as coarse, medium, or fine. Most of the people do not fall into any one criteria but show a combination of all these types.
Hair texture depends on the shape of the hair follicle as well as the distribution of keratin cells present at the hair roots. For example, a person with straight hair will have the same number of keratin cells all around the follicle.
Main hair textures

Fine hair is generally very soft and delicate and prone to damage easily. It lacks volume and needs special care to maintain it. Fine hair is known to have varying hyper porosity and elasticity, and, as a result, reacts readily to chemicals that may be used on it during shampoo or salon treatments.
Medium hair is highly elastic and strong and has medium thickness as compared to fine or coarse hair types. This type of hair takes very little effort to maintain. Usually, chemicals do not have much effect on such hair, and therefore, most shampoos and salon treatments are designed around it.
Coarse hair is more abundant than the preceding two types and has the tendency to grow downward and outward from the scalp. This hair has the biggest diameter and takes a longer time to be processed by chemical products and perms used by salons. This hair texture also tends to be the driest.
Combination hair may be a cross between straight and curly hair. It can be either coarse or fine, and is usually found in individuals of mixed racial heritage.
Hair care for different styles and hair textures

It is important to understand the kind of chemical processes that are effective on different hair textures. Using hair retexture changing products that add volume or offer manageability may ultimately be harmful for the hair. Choosing the right shampoo or salon products created particularly for varied hair textures is the key to maintaining individual hairstyles and hair textures.
It is best to team hair care with a good shampoo that is recommended as per the hair texture. This can be even more important for people with fine or coarse hair textures.
With the amount of chemical and environmental stress that taxes hair, it is important to eliminate or reduce chemicals used on the hair in salons or as per whims of fashion and to increase the conditioning by using proper moisture control hair care options as well as healthy diet. Getting the hair trimmed regularly from a salon or even at home is also a good option.

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