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Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Texture?

Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Texture?
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Now that we have learned that hair type/pattern is the amount of wave or curl a hair strand has without any manipulation, but what about hair texture? Yes, there is a difference...let's learn more about our hair!

Refers to the thickness or width of individual strands
  1. Find a shed hair in your hair tool or while detangling your hair
  2. Get some sewing thread - This is used to measure the thickness of your hair strands
  3. Compare your hair strand to the thread - If your hair is really curly, stretch it out to measure (it is easier to tape down the hair and thread combo on a white sheet of paper)
    1. Thick/coarse - wider than the piece of thread
    2. Medium - about the same width as the pieces of thread
    3. fine - thinner than the piece of thread

How do I care for thick/coarse hair?

Thick and coarse hair is filled with so much protein, which causes your hair to look so full. It can handle direct heat pretty well and does not experience breakage (when in a healthy state). Your style can hold well...but to get it to a style can take some effort and patience. Your hair has a tendency to be dry all the time and you may feel like you have to moisturize your hair all the time. Try using these products to help with your thick hair:
As I Am Co Wash 
Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie 
Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel
Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade
Jane Carter Solution Nourish and Shine
Castor Oil 
Unrefined Shea Butter

How do I care for medium texture hair?

Medium is not too fragile and covers the scalp very well. Your hair can be manipulated into styles very easily, with no tough time getting your style there. It would be best to use these hair products:
Kinky Curly Curling Custard
Miss Jessie's Quick Curls
Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner
Miss Jessie's Curly Meringue
Olive Oil
Mango Butter
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Texture?

How do I care for fine hair?

Fine hair is very fragile and has the tendency to break and can be easily damaged. Thin or fine can be very oily, due to the type of products used on the hair. You may not be able to hold a style because your hair is so light and can literally lay flat on your head. You don't want to use heavy products, which will cause your hair to be weighed down and stringy. What you need are light products to add volume to your hair:
DevaCurl No-Poo
ApHogee 2 Minute Reconstructor 
Henna Gloss 
Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner 
Flaxseed Gel 
Coconut oil

What is MY hair texture?

Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Texture?

My hair texture is fine...which I am so surprised at! I thought my hair would at least be medium, but it makes so much sense because my hair can tangle very easily and my hair loves protein!

Check out Washing Regimen For Fine, Natural Hair and Confessing My Own Thoughts | What Works For My Natural Hair for more information on my hair regimen.

What is your hair texture?

Check out all Learning My Natural Hair Articles:
Learning My Natural Hair | How Do I Learn My Natural Hair? 
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Type?
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Texture?
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Density? 
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Porosity?  
Learning My Natural Hair | Protein and Moisture Balance, Part 1: All About Protein 
Learning My Natural Hair | Moisture and Protein Balance, Part 2: All About Moisture 
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is Your Hair Archetype?
Learning My Natural Hair | Do You Know Your Natural Hair? Take A Hair Quiz

Natural hair says: knowing your hair texture is very important to know what products to use for your hair (i.e. thick hair does not need much protein like fine hair) and how to care for your hair.

Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J

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