Identifying your hair type

An important step for picking the right products is identifying your hair type

Learn with Shicurly how to identify your hair type in 5 easy steps!

Stage 1

Hair varies among individuals based on several factors such as color, density, texture, and more. Among these factors, the degree to which the hair is classified is known as the 1A-4C classification.

The 1A classification refers to very fine, straight hair that cannot hold any type of curls. The angle of the degree increases as the numbers progress until it reaches the 4C classification.

The 2a-c classification refers to generally straight hair, but it has some slight waves and curls in certain areas.

The a-c 3 classification refers to hair that has clear curls and waves, and hair in this degree is what we classify as curly hair.

The 4a-c classification refers to hair that is characterized by coils, dense curls, strong, and has many beautiful twists.

We leave for you a chart of the hair type classification.

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Stage Two

Hair thickness.

There are three different types of hair thickness. Thin hair is characterized as thin and lightweight, and tends to be oily. Medium hair is thicker and stronger and can withstand styling and shaping easily. Finally, thick hair is the strongest but tends to be dry and frizzy and needs special care to maintain its health and beautiful appearance. Hair quality can be affected by many factors such as nutrition, genetics, exposure to environmental factors, or chemical treatments.

We leave for you an illustrative chart of hair thickness.

Stage Three

Hair porosity is divided into three categories: low porosity hair, medium porosity hair, and high porosity hair. Low porosity hair does not easily absorb moisture, while medium porosity hair absorbs moisture well and retains it naturally. Finally, high-porosity hair absorbs moisture quickly and to a great extent, but it also loses moisture quickly. Hair porosity can be determined by hair experts.

Knowing your hair porosity can help you choose the appropriate hair care products and determine the appropriate styling techniques for each hair type.

In ShiCurly, we made the topic easier than that because determining porosity is usually left to specialists as home tests are not always accurate. You can ask yourself three questions:

  1. Have you exposed your hair to any chemical straightening?
  2. Have you dyed your hair?
  3. Have you used heat on your hair? When did you stop?

After answering the attached questions, we can determine your hair porosity. You can contact the Shicurly team through social media platforms to help you determine your hair porosity accurately.

Stage Four

Scalp

Types of scalp vary among individuals and can be divided into three main types. Dry scalp is characterized by a lack of sebum secretion and appears flaky and dry. It needs proper hydration care to avoid itching and irritation. On the other hand, oily scalp is characterized by excess sebum secretion and can cause itching, dandruff, and even hair loss. It requires proper cleansing care and avoiding excessive oily products. Finally, mixed scalp combines the characteristics of dryness and oiliness and needs proper balance care between hydration and cleansing to maintain healthy hair and scalp.

Stage Five

Hair density varies between individuals and is affected by genetics, health status, and hair care practices. Thick hair has more hair strands per square inch, while thin hair has fewer hair strands per square inch. Knowing your hair density can help you choose the appropriate hair care products and determine the appropriate styling techniques for your hair type.

Illustrative chart of hair density

Now my lovely curly heads, you can scientifically determine your hair type and choose suitable products for it. After finishing this article for clarification, as a curly hair writer, I will use the guide on myself.

  • My hair type is 3a, which is curly and has multiple waves.
  • The hair strand thickness is medium.
  • My hair porosity is medium, due to dyeing and heat.
  • My scalp is mixed.
  • My hair is dense.

After obtaining this information, I contacted hair specialists at Shicurly and they advised me on the basics, which are as follows:

  • Hair shampoo compatible with CGM.
  • Hair clarifying shampoo used once a week.
  • Hair conditioner.
  • leave in used after the shower.

It was explained to me that the basics are the same for all hair types, but the texture of the materials and ingredients varies.

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Comments (14)

  1. Salam

    My hair is 2c , mixed scalp, medium thickness
    Low porosity
    i never had chemical straightening done and never dyed it

    • SHICURLY COSMETICS

      Hi Salam
      Please contact our page on Instagram in order to describe the best products for you!!
      Instagram: (Shi_curly)
      Best regards,

      • nour

        I have thin strand 4A hair, with dry scalp, high porosity and my hair is thin, i use heat regularly and dye my hair

        • SHICURLY COSMETICS

          Hi nour
          Please contact our page on Instagram in order to describe the best products for you!!
          Instagram: (Shi_curly)
          Best regards,

  2. Wafa القيسي

    3c
    Thick hair
    Medium porosity
    Mixed scalp
    Dense hair

    • SHICURLY COSMETICS

      Hello Wafa
      Please contact our page on Instagram in order to describe the best products for you!!
      Instagram: (Shi_curly)
      Best regards,

  3. judy

    if i have a 3a hair thin hair low porosity hair ,i have never used heat or dyed it nor did i ever used chemical treatment with mixed scalp and high hair density what skala product can u rec for me?:)

    • SHICURLY COSMETICS

      Hello Judy
      Please contact our page on Instagram in order to describe the best products for you!!
      Instagram: (Shi_curly)
      Best regards,

  4. Malak

    Hi,
    my hair type is 3B
    my hair porosity is medium due to heat damage
    the hair strand is fine
    my hair is light
    my scalp is mixed

    i never had chemical straightening done and never dyed it but i use heat every now and then

    • SHICURLY ADMIN

      Hello Malak,
      you can try our divino potao product as a leave in.
      Mango mask
      amido de milho conditioner
      and you can also try our approved shampoo mais cachos
      with another clarifying shampoo like amido de milho

    • Rawan

      Hair type 3B
      Hair strand thickness is thick
      Low porosity because I have done a protein for my hair after it my cairls are loose, dry, frizzy and dull
      My sclap is dry
      Medium hair density

      • SHICURLY COSMETICS

        Hello Rawan
        Please contact our page on Instagram in order to describe the best products for you!!
        Instagram: (Shi_curly)
        Best regards,

  5. حلا بقاعين

    2c and 3a
    Medium thick hair
    Medium porosity
    Medium hair density
    Mixed sclap

    • SHICURLY ADMIN

      Hello!!
      you can try this package:
      Approved shampoo mais cachos
      clarifying shampoo banana
      conditioner amido de milho
      leave in potao desmaiado
      mask avocado

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