7 Simple Ways To Improve Your Hair Texture November 24, 2015

Do you want to have gorgeous and voluminous looking hair? Are you fed up of using chemical based products, and are looking for natural ones? Then your search ends with this post!

Before making your hair healthy and beautiful, you should first be clear about the texture and type of your hair. That is where this post comes to help! Go and give the following lines a read. And guess what, by the time you are done with the article, you would have a clear idea as to how you can make your hair the best it can be!

Hair Texture:

The texture of hair is determined by the thickness of your hair strand or its circumference or the condition of the cuticle. The circumference of fine hair is small and has a closed cuticle. Whereas coarse hair have large circumference and the cuticle tends to be more open, making the hair to be more porous. Whether your hair is wavy, straight, or curly, we have basically three hair textures – medium, fine, and thick.

1. Fine Hair:

Fine hair looks almost translucent when held in light. The strands shredded can be really hard to see even on a contrasting background. When you roll a strand of fine hair between your index finger and thumb, you would hardly feel it; it would feel like a strand of silk. They have only two hair structures, namely the cuticle and the cortex. They look thin and tend to break easily. This type of hair can easily be damaged. They have smooth consistency and are shiny, thus cannot hold hairstyles.

2. Medium Hair:

This type of hair texture is neither coarse nor fine. When rolled between your index finger and thumb you would feel the hair like a cotton thread. It is neither tough nor stiff. This type of hair has two layers of hair structure, namely the cuticle and the cortex and might have medulla as well. They do not tend to break easily. They also have a bounce.

3. Thick Hair:

Thick hair is also called coarse hair. Just try to roll a strand between your index finger and thumb. You’ll see that the coarse hair feels wiry and hard. You can actually hear your hair as you roll it back and forth. It is considered the strongest of all hair textures. They have all the three layers of the hair namely the cuticle, the medulla and the cortex. Since they are rough and heavy, they tend to hold several hairstyles quiet well.

Hair Types:

Similar to different hair textures, human hair also comes in different hair types. Hair type is defined by the thickness and the amount of curl in a hair strand. There are basically four hair types – straight, wavy, curly, and tightly curled.

1. Type 1:

The type 1 hair has no curl pattern and is straight naturally. This type of hair is shiny and oily because of a lack of curl. Since the hair is straight, natural oil present in the scalp comes down to the hair shaft. There are three sub categories under type1. The first type is flat from the root up to the tip and doesn’t hold any curl. Many Asian girls tend to fall in this category. The second type of hair isn’t completely flat and has more body and will hold curls. They have bends here and there and the end tends to curl slightly. The third type of hair is straight, has a body and few areas are wavy. This type of hair also bends slightly.

2. Type 2:

Type 2 hair is naturally wavy and forms an S shape. This type of hair is neither oily nor dry. There are three sub categories under type 2. The first kind has loose and natural waves all over the scalp. They are not frizzy. The second kind has waves, which can easily be defined. This type of hair also doesn’t have a bounce. The final kind also has waves that form loose spiral curls. It is the frizziest of all the hair types in this category.

3. Type 3:

Type 2 hair is S shaped and naturally curly. They form ringlets, which can be defined without using any hair product. They tend to be dry and the natural oils found in the scalp are not heavy. There are three sub categories under type 3. The first kind is silky in texture and curls can be easily defined. The second kind of hair consists of spiral and springy curls and is prone to extreme frizziness without the use of styling products. The third kind of hair has oily curls; they are closely packed and look clumpy.

4. Type 4:

Type 4 hair is tightly curled and coiled. This type of hair keeps its shape whether it is dry or wet. It is extremely dry because of the shape of the hair strand. The natural oils do not come down to the tips. There are three sub categories under type 4. The first category of hair is tight and coily. The curls are springy and look cylindrical in shape. The second category of hair has tight patterns and can be clearly defined. The final hair type under this category is Z shaped and has a zigzag pattern. They look confusing and the texture ranges from fine to wiry and coarse. They shrink by more than half of its actual length.

How Can You Improve Your Hair Texture?

If you are looking for ways to make your hair look healthier and shiny, we have just the thing for you! Here are the best ingredients for your hair:

1. Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil helps in improving hair texture. It provides moisture to the hair, stimulates growth and prevents breakage and split ends. Regular massage with coconut oil can add length to your hair too.

2. Orange:

Oranges contain enormous amount of vitamin C, which helps in promoting hair growth. They help in boosting up your hair volume and also improve your hair texture to a good extent.

3. Green Tea:

Not only is green tea good for your health, but is also good for your hair. It would significantly stimulate hair growth and conditions the hair. It also contains polyphenols and vitamin C, which give you lustrous looking hair.

4. Aloe Vera:

Aloe Vera is enriched with nutrients that improve hair quality. It can be used as a hair conditioner, which promotes hair growth, strengthens it, prevents hair fall and reduces tangles.

5. Amla:

Indian gooseberry, also known as Amla, helps in improving hair texture to a good extent. They are also rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Usage of amla helps in improving hair growth and also adds shine to it. Amla hair packs or mixing raw amla with coconut oil will nourish your hair and will also add good volume to it.

6. Olive Oil:

The easiest method of gaining thick and full hair is by the application of olive oil. Olive oil is enriched with antioxidants and vitamin E, which help in stimulating hair growth.

7. Eggs:

Eggs are rich in protein, which would help in giving you long and voluminous hair. They strengthen your hair shaft and improve the quality of your hair texture. The nutrients present in it prevent breakage. Egg and olive oil is a great pack to try, which would result in shiny and thick hair with persistent usage.

So, now you know your hair type and the means of making your hair healthier! Make sure your hair care regimen includes these ingredients to get beautiful hair!

What is your hair texture like? How do you manage your hair? Share your tips with us in the comments section below!

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Shubhi, if you have an oily scalp or hair, it would be better to avoid the yolk and go for only the egg white.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Bhakti, depression can take a toll on physical and mental health. Thus, when you start recovering your hair too will regain its strength and health. The important thing is to have patience. The growth cycle of hair takes time, and it can be a number of months before you see a significant improvement. You can follow few simple steps to improve your mane like:
    1. Get enough sleep – You should aim to be getting at least 7 to 8 hours sleep a night.
    2. Healthy diet – Eat at least three, well-balanced meals a day and never skip breakfast. Increase your intake of certain vitamins and minerals which contribute to healthy hair growth and your overall well-being, such as B vitamins, vitamins A, C and E, zinc, selenium and magnesium. Omega-3 fatty acids are also beneficial, as they can help to improve the health of the scalp.
    3. Exercise – Exercise improves blood circulation and thereby helping you to promote hair growth and overall well being. Also, try few natural remedies is the application of hair masks (egg, curd or avocado), which will restore the moisture of your hair and scalp.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Shruti, post hair smoothing procedure, it is important to indulge in post hair-care follow up routine which means go out of your way to condition and hydrate your hair with nourishing ingredients. Hair maintenance is a key to prevent hair damage. Always wash hair with lukewarm water and never hot and end with a cold rinse. Use a silk pillow cover instead of a cotton one. Consume a nutritious diet and take biotin supplements, if needed. Try some natural nourishing hair packs such as application of ingredients like avocado, yogurt, honey and coconut milk. Lastly, warm oil massage when done regularly improves the hair.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Shilpa, to treat dull hair and nourish them, you can follow some of these remedies: Mayonnaise contains proteins that will soften the hair and make them shiny. Measure out one cup of full-fat mayonnaise. Apply a thick layer of it on slightly damp hair and scalp. Massage the mayonnaise into your scalp and then work it through your hair to the ends. Cover your hair and head with a plastic cap for about an hour. Rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water and then shampoo as usual. Repeat this once in a week if your hairs are too dry.

  • PKY

    hi, i have thick, dry/dull-looking hair and its kinda straight but curly at some parts especially in the front making my hair looks frizzy. how do i manage it?

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Dear PKY, hair turn dry when they do not receive enough moisture. This reduces its shine and can make the hair look frizzy and dull. Some easy remedies that you can follow to give life and pamper your hair are:
      1. Banana mask – banana are a rich source of Vitamin A, C and E, natural oils, carbohydrates, potassium, zinc and iron. It repairs the damaged hair, also acts as a great hair conditioner. To make its hair pack – mix one ripe banana, three tablespoons of yogurt, few drops of rose water and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply the hair pack on your hair. Leave it for 60 minutes and thereafter wash off with cold water.
      2. Aloe vera gel – apply aloe vera oil throughout the hair. Leave it for 30 minutes and then shampoo the hair.
      Also getting your hair trimmed once in every two or three months will prevent split ends, straighten and gives a uniform structure to your hair.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Sam, yes…lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking affects the quality of hair and overall health in a long run. Cigarette smoke contains thousands of chemicals, many of them toxic, which affect all areas of the body including the hair. Smoke negatively affects blood circulation in general which means impaired blood flow to the hair follicles. Secondly, there are various options to choose from when it comes to hair straightener from the market. For that you need to understand your hair texture and hair type. There are three kinds of flat iron – ceramic, titanium or tourmaline. All of which have their pro’s and con’s. Also, another safe method are home remedies to straighten curly hairs naturally.

  • shamLee

    hi, my hairs becomes dry easily and the fact that it suffers from dandruff, by this it has also changed the shape of my hair, it was straight but now it has got unwanted curls in it, please suggest and the product of shampoo I may use?

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Sham, some of the simple remedies that you can follow to moisturize your hair and also remove dandruff are:
      1. Olive oil or coconut oil – apply and massage your scalp with warm olive oil or coconut oil, twice a week. The oil will penetrate into the scalp, massaging the scalp will improve the blood circulation.
      2. Deep treatment with eggs – In a bowl, mix two eggs yolks, two teaspoons olive oil, and 1/8 cup of water. Mix until the solution is fully balanced. The quantity of the ingredients depends on the length of your hair. Apply mixture to hair after shampooing, while hair is still damp, not wet. Let stand for 15 minutes. Rinse your hair with cool water.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Rashmi, an oily scalp and dry hair require attention and extra care. One way taking care of oily scalp and dry hair is to use two different shampoos for the scalp and the hair. Use a strong shampoo for the scalp and mild or moisturizing shampoo for the hair. If this is difficult to do then shampoo your hair twice in a week using a mild shampoo and apply a conditioner to the ends whenever you wash your hair. To prevent greying of your hair, apply a curry leaves and yogurt mask once or twice in a week. This is curb hair fall and prevent greying of hair.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Dear Nisha, dry scalp sometimes lead to hair loss due to the lack of moisture. People usually suffer from hair loss because of other reasons too, such as unhealthy diet and problems with blood circulation, however, there is a skin disorder called seborrhoeic dermatitis which causes dry scalp and sometimes may also lead to hair loss. These are some of the tips on how to prevent dry scalp.
    1. Don’t shampoo your hair too often – washing hair too often can drain your scalp, especially if you only use regular hair care products.
    2. Eat healthy – a healthy diet which includes drinking a lot of water will provide your scalp with all the vitamins and will let it stay moist.
    3. Treat your hair well – try different hair care remedies that can help you to moisturize your head in order to avoid dry scalp and hair loss, for example, olive oil, coconut oil and deep conditioners.