Getting to Know Your Hair Type

true_salon_imageRegardless of who we are, we all want to look and feel good, and working with our particular hair type can be a big factor in accomplishing that. Each hair type has a different hair strategy and we’ve got the scoop on those below.

Curly Hair

Those beautiful curly locks of yours may give the bounce you’re looking for but their uneven surface prevents light from reflecting your hair’s natural sheen, which can give your hair type a dull look. You can get that shine by using moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, which seals and smoothes you hair surface. Also, don’t wash your hair every day – unless your want your hair type to look frizzy. Use a wide-tooth comb when applying conditioner, and then rinse hair with cold water. Avoid using a hair dryer altogether and just pat it dry with an absorbent towel, then let it air dry. For a finishing touch style your curls with your fingers, and avoid oils and mousses too, which tend to lock your hair instead of giving it that free, natural look.

Dry Hair

No matter your hair type, frequent coloring or perms, and excessive exposure to heat from curling irons, dryers, rollers or other styling tools can damage hair. If you tend to have dry hair, your hair life and strength can be easily depleted by the sun and from chlorinated pool water. To restore the natural brilliance of your hair type choose moisturizing shampoos and conditioners especially designed for dry and damaged hair, and use a leave-in product to protect hair when taking a swim. Use a deep conditioner at least once a week too. Avoid dryers, curling irons and other hair styling tools as much as you can, and keep an eye on your appliances since their internal thermostats stop working after a while.

true_salon_imageOily Hair

While a small amount of oil or grease is normal excess oil can make hair limp and look dirty. If you have this hair type avoid heavy shampoos or conditioners. Don’t shampoo every day either - your scalp’s oil glands are stimulated by massaging, so the more you wash, the greasier your scalp becomes. When you do shampoo, use the flat of your fingers to gently rub your hair.

Fine Hair

Those with fine or thin hair make think they have a lifeless hair type, but just a little volume can make hair look thicker. The longer your hair, the thinner it looks. If you want that thicker, fuller look avoid growing your hair too long and even try a blunt haircut. Make sure to use conditioner too. It’ll help avoid split ends and breakage that can make hair look thinner. Also, apply your conditioner on hair ends instead of the roots.

Thick Hair

If this is your hair type, you may experience an itchy and flaky scalp.  Usually this occurs when conditioner seals in shampoo residue, which can cause dryness and irritation. You can prevent this by thoroughly rinsing your hair before applying conditioner. Those with this hair type may want to avoid mid-length hairstyles since they can make hair tips stand out. Shorter haircuts can keep your hair under control, but avoid cutting in short layers because they can create a bulky look. When coloring your hair try semi-permanent colors since they don’t have a thickening effect that comes with permanent colors and bleach. true_salon_and_color_cafe_hair_type

Straight Hair

Straight hair can go flat, accumulate grease and give a dull look, but there are some simple ways for this hair type to avoid all of that. Use a deep cleaning shampoo every day and a clarifying treatment once a week. Avoid sweeping your hair when it’s wet, but do use your fingers and a wide-toothed comb to detangle it. Keep away from high heat styling tools too. If you do use heated tools, keep the heat low.

Wavy Hair

Wavy hair types may lack luster and shine because of its uneven surface. You can prevent this just by air and towel-drying your hair as much as possible. Get a good cleansing from your stylist once a month, and remember to use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your locks. Regardless of your hair type you’ve no doubt seen a running theme in the advice here or have heard it from our trUe stylists - for the best look, trim your hair regularly, keep it clean, avoid excessive heat, and only use natural oils and products.