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For many women, their hair is pride and joy.

From straight and fine to voluminous and curly, every person’s hair is different and the type of hair we’re blessed with, is entirely based on our genetics.

The way you style your hair is a matter of preference, but you probably already know that your hair has some limitations.

These are the qualities that you can’t control but can learn how to work around them.

Let’s take a look at the different hair types, textures and proper care for each of them.


TYPE 1: Straight

This type has no natural curl.

Straight hair becomes greasy faster than curly hair because oil from your scalp travels down the hair shaft more quickly.

There are three subcategories for straight hair:

TYPE 1A-common in women of Asian descent, type 1A hair is very straight and fine.

TYPE 1B-still very straight, type 1B hair is thicker with medium texture and more volume.

TYPE1C-while still straight, this type of hair is very thick and shiny.


You need regular shampoos more than any other texture.

Sulfate free shampoo helps you to keep your strands from drying out.

Be careful with conditioner, apply it to the ends of your hair first combing upwards with your fingers.

A mixture of milk and honey is very beneficial for this hair type.

Spray the hair with it after shampoo, leave on for 2 minutes and rinse with plain water.

TYPE 2: Wavy

This type has a natural wave, and it tends to be thicker than TYPE 1 hair. Wavy hair is typically not too oily and not too dry.

Subcategories for wavy hair:

TYPE 2A-this type of hair is very fine and thin with S-shaped waves, also easy to style.

TYPE2B- little frizzier than type 2A, this type of hair is wavy and medium- thick.

TYPE2C-this type is wavy, thick, and coarse-prone to frizz and difficult to style.


Use warm water in shower not too hot, but not too cold.

Detangle wet with a wide tooth comb or your fingers to avoid breaking up your natural wave and damage.

Do not rough up your hair with regular towel because it leads to frizz and damage.

Instead grab a microfiber towel or t-shirt, gently squeeze or blot out excess moisture.

Banana, honey and olive oil mask works for this hair type and helps to get rid of the frizziness.

TYPE 3: Curly

This type of hair is usually the kind of curl that goes straight when the hair is wet but goes back to being curly as it dries.

Women with curly hair can have loose ringlets or tight spirals.

Subcategories for curly hair:

TYPE 3A-curls with thick texture and shine but can be frizzy. TYPE 3B-tighter curls and may have a combination of textures. TYPE 3C-very tight curls or kinks and generally easy to style.


Always comb your hair from the bottom up. Get regular trims to avoid split ends.

Avoid excessive shampooing as it can take away the natural moisture. Never brush curly hair.

Use a wide-toothed comb on your curly hair before shampooing and after washing your hair, simply run your fingers through your hair.

Eggs apart from making omelettes, can also solve your curl troubles.

TYPE 4: Coily

Coily hair is a variation of curly hair and can have a mix of “Z” and “S” shaped curls.

To make coily hair more manageable women often opt to keep their hair short or have dreads.

Subcategories for coily hair:

TYPE 4A-soft texture with tight, well defined kinks.

TYPE 4B-very tight curls more of a Z-shaped pattern, soft texture and more fragile.

TYPE4C-similar to 4b but this type has such tight curls that it may not even look curly at all.


Use more water based, liquid products to moisturize your hair without coating it or making it greasy.

Coconut oil/milk helps you to hydrate the scalp and hair.

Protect your hair from the sun and use a heat protectant styling product when using a blow dryer or curling iron.

A styling serum can help tame hair and give it shine while still allowing bounce.

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