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We are still on the topic of hair-types and this time we will go into identifying your hair texture. I hope you will find this helpful.
Hair typing is a flexible guideline for comparing products and hair reaction to products between individual with similar hair types. However, It is always important to remember that two heads of hair are never the same, and that every individual is unique; furthermore, there may be different hair types on one head. I my self have a crown that consist of different hair types from 3b – 4c, it is not easy to manage but with the right regimen you will be just fine.
The difference between the letter based system and the LOIS system is that the letter based system considers the actual bends, coils and kinks of individual hair strands and places them within more focused contexts of strand density, texture, sheen and shine for more accurate typing.
The LOIS- System assessment on the other hand, should be perform on freshly washed hair and air-dried hair with no extra products added. Hair should be rinsed in cold water for about 5 minutes prior to drying, in order to ensure proper sealing of the cuticle. This sealing will allow you to make the texture and sheen determination for your hair type.
Hair typing should be done on your natural hair, non-chemically treated hair texture. Select a single strand of the most common type of hair on your head. The bends, kinks and coil of your hair will resemble one or more of the letters of the LOIS system: L, O, I or S.
L – Types: if the hair has all bends, right angles and fold with little to no curvature, then you are daughter L. This hair type is perhaps the most fragile. the shap, angular bending of this hair type means, that a distinct potential breakage point lurk at each bend. The bends may be spaced irregularly, making the hair appear to have very little curl definition. The closer the bends, the more textured the hair will feel and tighter the hair will draw up as it dry. L hair types requires lot of moisturizing attention, especially when the L pattern is tightly arranged. Great care is needed to avoid damage from heavy manipulation or extended periods og moisture deficiency.
O- if the strand is rolled up into the shape of one or several zeros like a spiral, then you are daughter O. This hair type the curls loop back into themselves. The tighter the curves, the more O and S hair types will draw up as they dry. It is easier to moisture than L-types.
I – if the hair mostly fall flat with no distinctive curves or bends, you are daughter I. This hair type tends to lie flatly against the scalp and are usually more breakage-resistant fibers overall. It offend shine and reflect considerably more light than either L, O, or S hair types. If it is combined, normally, with L-type on the same head. great care is needed to avoid damage from heavy manipulation or extended periods og moisture deficiency.
S – if the strand looks like a wavy line with hills and valleys then you are daughter S. This hair type the loops are naturally stretched out. It is easier to moisturize.
LOIS combination example includes: LO, IL, or OS. Having a combination of the LOIS letters, you may have one type being dominant.
Find your texture:
These classifiers access your hair’s overall shine, sheen, feel and response to wetting.
Shine is a sharp reflection of light, it is a stronger, glossier, more consistent reflection of light.
Sheen is a dull reflection of light, softer glimmer that is more scattered throughout the hair.
If your hair is:
Thready—- your hair has low to moderate natural sheen, with high shine when the hair is held taut such as braids. hair like this hardly frizz, it get wet easily but also dry out quickly. This hair can be considered porous, because of its willingness to accept moisture and it’s tendency to lose it just as easily.. It benefit from lo Ph moisturizing deep-conditioners. If proper measures are taken to keep the cuticle flat and smooth, thready hair will retain moisture more readily and sheen/shine can be enhanced naturally, because of its high porosity.
Wiry—— your hair has a sparkly natural sheen, with low shine and low frizz. Water beads up or bounces off wiry hair strands, and it may take time before the strands feel fully wet. Typically has an external structure in which the cuticle layers naturally lie flat and are oriented tightly against one another. this hair types are usually thicker and coarser individually, they tend to have more cuticle layers. It is an example of a tightly curled daughter S.
Hair coarseness is measure of the hair fiber’s cuticles thickness and overall diameter, not its texture or moisture content. Hair can be coarse no mater the hair type. In Wiry hair, the cuticle layers work extra hard to keep materials from passing in and out of the hair shaft. Because of the strong quality of the wiry hair’s cuticle layer, this hair type is generally resistant to chemical processes and breakage. It does not absorb water or hair products very well, it is not easily effected by humidity in its natural or straight state. It is one of the easiest hair type to grow long- because they are resistent to daily breakage.
Cottony—- your hair has low natural sheen, but can produce high shine when the hair is held taut ( in braid or twist). This hair type is prone to high frizz, it absorbs water quickly, but takes time to feel thoroughly wet. Cottony and spongy hair types are similar and fall. The difference is that, cottony hair often appears drier than spongy. These hair type take longer to absorb moisture.
Spongy—- Your hair has high sheen, low shine, and compacted looking frizz. It tend to absorb water before it gets thoroughly wet. Cottony and spongy hair types are similar and fall. The difference is that cottony hair often appears drier than spongy. These hair type take longer to absorb moisture.
Silky ——- Your hair has low sheen and very high shine. Your frizz potential varies, and your hair easily wet in water. This hair type is perhaps the easiest to moisturized. When healthy, it displays a flattened, highly reflective cuticles surface which account to its high shine. Humanity in the air can result to great frizz for some individuals.
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