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Your Super Easy Guide To Understanding Hair Textures

You’ve heard about hair type and hair porosity, but hair texture is usually overlooked. Hair texture describes the circumference of individual hair strands. It is segmented into three different classes – Fine hair, medium hair, and coarse hair. Knowing your natural hair texture will not automatically help your hair grow longer, but it will give insight on how to care for it. For instance, you know what styles it would be best to try or leave be, if a very involved regimen would be best for you or not, and other little things. So let’s get into it.

Fine Texture

Your hair is made up of different layers. Fine hair consists of 2 of those layers called the cuticle and the cortex. Fine hair a really small circumference and doesn’t have a lot of tensile strength. People with fine hair usually describe themselves as having thin hair. This is because since the strands are thinner than medium or coarse hair strands, an entire head of fine hair does not look as full/thick as other hair textures.

Anatomy of a strand of hair

Fine hair easily gets weighed down by product build-up, quickly becomes oily/greasy, and it’s more likely to break excessive manipulation. Thick gels and edge controls are not advisable for people with fine hair because gels dehydrate hair and cause breakage with regular use. It’s best to find lightweight gels that can do the job or better yet stick to styling mousse. Also, take care to tend to your edges so you don’t lose them. Fine hair is also not very good with heat and harsh chemicals (like those found in relaxers and hair dyes).

Medium Texture

There’s always something in-between, and for hair texture, it’s medium. Medium textured hair characteristically has two layers (cuticle and cortex), and sometimes an added layer called the medulla. It is fairly full, and a lot less prone to breakage from manipulation than fine hair. To some extent, you can apply certain products on medium textured hair without causing it harm. It is also more tolerant of heat (does not mean you should not apply moderation). It isn’t easily weighed down by product buildup so does not need washing as often as fine hair. In essence, this hair texture will thrive with moderation and thoughtful care.

Black women. How to tell your natural hair texture
Coarse Texture

This hair texture always has all three layers present. Owing to this, it is usually very full and thick (it can be hard to even see the scalp). It is very tolerant of heat and it takes a lot for it to experience heat damage. Dyes, relaxers, harsh products do not break down this hair texture easily. Product buildup is usually not an issue, and it isn’t easy to break this hair with manipulation because of its high tensile strength.

It can take quite a while to get your hair done or get it to dry after a wash because it is so full, and it is harder to find gels and styling mousses that can provide adequate hold for coarse hair. This hair texture is also more prone to frizz than the others and is much more difficult to detangle too. It is common to have to try a vast variety of products to find what works for you. A lot of products are made with medium texture hair in mind so they work well for fine hair too, but not coarse hair. If you do find a product that works and after some time it isn’t as effective, try clarifying your hair with this method first, and if it still doesn’t work, then you can dump the product. It happens.

Using your natural hair texture to your

You can easily picture the different hair textures now and hopefully can tell which you carry. Hair texture does not depend on your hair type or porosity. Your hair can be fine textured and 4C, it can also be coarse textured and 3A. There are no rules to this, you are naturally you, so try to accept your hair however it comes.

It is easy to see now why you might have the same hair type as someone, but products they recommend don’t cut it for you. To shop for hair products and form a workable natural hair regimen, you will need to also take into consideration your natural hair texture, hair type and hair porosity. These three together will tell you all you need to know in order to take intentional care of your hair.

What gels do you use for your hair texture, type, and porosity? You can share in the comments to help someone else out.

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