Last Updated on May 17, 2021 by Devin Greenfield

It may sound a little bit weird, but death and loss of our hair occur on a daily basis. As a matter of fact, dead hair does not comes off immediately, but remains for some time in the head skin. It is gradually replaced by new hair what makes it finely fall out. Everyday we may loose up to 50 hairs and it’s considered to be in perfect accordance with the natural process of hair regrowth.

But sometimes it happens that the process of hair loss comes out of control because of improper hair care. Without finding the real cause and without knowing the type of their hair desperate men and especially women rush into trying all kinds of hair loss and hair care products and treatments that happen to be within the reach. Quite often it doesn’t bring the desired result; on the contrary, it may worsen the already poor hair condition.

Hair types depending on scalp moisture

That is why it is of vital importance to determine the type of your hair before you start any treatment and try any product. One may get lost and frustrated, because there are so many hair types and conditions. But, basically, if you take the level of moisture in the scalp, all of them fall into 3 main groups:

  • Oily
  • Dry
  • Normal

Oily (or greasy) hair is generally characterized by rapid clogging. It gets dirty faster than any other type. Excessive dryness, brittleness and fragility are typical of the hair type that we usually call dry. Normal hair most often gets dirty and out-of-condition within 5-7 days after washing. These are the main points that make all of these hair types different.

Hair types by texture

Curly hair type

So we have covered such common types of hair as normal, dry and oily. But what about hair texture? Hair texture usually makes reference to the natural pattern or structure of your locks. The most famous system of classification here is the one developed by Andre Walker, Oprah’s hairstylist.

According to this classification there are four types of hair: straight, wavy, curly, kinky (or coily):

Straight hair

This type displays the most glossy as well as the most resistant hair of all of the types of hair. Straight hair is not easy to damage and exceptionally hard to curl. This hair texture is usually the most oily, since the natural oils areuninterruptedly distributed from the roots of hair to the tips.

Wavy hair

This type lies somewhere between straight and curly hair. Usually it has a distinctive S-shape pattern. Wavy hair is more prone to accumulate static. This texture is also a bit resilient to hair styling.

Curly hair

Having a defined curl pattern, this hair texture usually has an extensive volume. Its looks are also dependent on the weather. Curly hair also is also prone to damage and require more maintenance.

Kinky/coily hair

This hair type has an extensively coiled curl, spiral or zig-zag pattern which is typically quite delicate. This type of hair reduces in volume when wet. Also it is more vunerable and can be easily damaged.

How to determine your hair texture type

In case you’re doubtful about which type you belong to, do the following thing. Wash your hair nicely and let it dry. Don’t apply any haicare products. If it dries straight without having a bend or curl, your hair belongs to the straight type. In case it dries having a minor curve or “S” shape, then your hair is wavy. If it turns out to have a definite curl or loop pattern, the type of your hair is probably curly. Tight curls, spirals, or zig-zags regarded as coily hair type.

Hair types according to volume

Basically there is 3 types of hair depending on the volume of your strands:

Thick/coarse

Thick strands can be easily recognized. They often feel rough and wiry. Circumference of full ponytail will be more than 4 inches.

Normal/Medium

This type of hair is neither thin nor too thick. It may feel like a cotton thread, which is neither stiff or rough. Circumference of a ponytail of normal hair usually ranges from 2 to 4 inches.

Thin/fine

Circumference of such hair is generally less than 2 inches and ponytail feels and looks pretty thin. This hair often looks practically transparent against a contrasting background or when held up to the light source. Such hair strands often feel like a very soft strand of silk.

Asian hair type

Which race has thickest hair?

Ethnicity has been divided into several groups, among them are: African, Asian and Caucasian. It has been noted that Asian hair is mostly straight and thick. The shape of its cross-section is the most round comparing to other hair types.

It is possible to change hair type?

Your hair texture is predetermined by your DNA, and there is nothing that that can be done to change it from one type to another.

What does it mean to have normal healthy hair?

Normal hair is defined by the sebum of your scalp, which makes it consistently glossy and healthy. This type of hair is commonly easy to handle, smooth to touch, and generally gives less trouble to its owner.

Which ethnicity has fastest hair growth?

The fastest growth rate belongs to Asian hair, which is about 1.5 cm/mo. Although considered to be the thickest, Asian hair has the lowest density of all.

Which race has the most dense hair?

Hair of Caucasians generally has got the highest possible density, which is around 200 hairs/sq.cm. Don’t confuse it with thickness, which is relatively low with this type of hair due to the shape of strands and volume.

Caucasian hair type

Which ethnicity has straight hair?

Generally speaking, hair various races, ethnicities and nations comes with all kinds of shapes, colors, and textures. As a matter of fact, Asian hair is notably straighter and thicker, while African hair is way more coiled and dry, and Caucasian hair is somewhere in between.

And, as you can see, each type requires a special approach to it. Consequently, only if you know your hair type you can choose the appropriate and effective treatments and hair care products. If you don’t, we invite you to read more about different hair types and how to take care of them here.

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  1. Excellent article about hair types! Most aspects are covered nicely. Thanks for the hair type test also

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