Find out what type of hair you have and learn how to change it.
The type and structure of hair depend on many factors, including genetics. Straight hair is one of the most common hair types in the world. Each person has a unique hair texture.
There are four main types of hair:
Type 1 - straight hair,
Type 2 - wavy hair,
Type 3 - curly hair,
Type 4 - kinky hair.
Hair type and texture can be further divided into a, b and c depending on hair curl pattern, density, porosity, width and length, but more on that another time.
What determines the type of hair? Well, it is genetics and environment that affect the type and texture of hair. Studies show that hair type and texture are hereditary. There are also additive traits that affect hair type and texture. This means that the amount of curl in the hair depends on the number of inherited variants of the curly hair gene. Therefore, two parents with curly hair will not always have children with curly hair as many different genes are involved. Parents with curly hair may also have straight hair genes which they can pass on. Genes can also interact with one another to determine hair structure. For this reason, different people in the same family may have different types of hair.
Genes aren't the only factor that influences hair type. The environment can also have a big impact on hair, especially its texture. Humidity can make hair frizzy or curly, while cold winter air can make hair frizzy and dry. Hair texture changes with age as well. Hair becomes grey, thinner, coarser, more fragile and dry. Oil glands in the scalp shrink as we age. The way hair is treated and styled can change its structure. Bleaching, colouring, using styling tools, straightening and perming can all change the structure of hair.
Have you ever wondered if it is possible to change the type of hair you have?
Unfortunately, changing the genetics of hair is not possible. However, there are several treatments that can help straighten or curl hair.
Professional perming or straightening are chemical processes that permanently change hair. They alter the protein bonds in hair. The results can last for several years, depending on the chemicals used. The new hair that grows out will belong to the person's original hair type.
Another way is drying. Yes, that's right. Blow-drying involves blowing warm or cold air onto the hair using a round or flat brush to curl or straighten the hair.
Hair care products can work wonders too! Shampoos, conditioners, leave-in conditioners, hair serums, and hairsprays are used to cover hair strands, reduce frizz and curliness, and improve hydration.
Applying oils, such as argan oil to hair, can help improve its texture. They can be applied to the entire scalp and hair and then washed after 30-60 minutes with shampoo and conditioner. You can do this several times a week.
Hair styling tools, such as hair straighteners or curlers, use electrically powered heated plates that can quickly straighten or curl hair. They are easy and quick to use.
If you are looking for a permanent change without chemical interference with the structure of hair, then a hair extension treatment is the best option.