How to find out what your hair type really is
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What’s Your Curl Type?

Figuring out your curl type (sometimes called curl pattern and hair texture) is important to understanding which hair products need to be within your hair care regime. Identifying the shape of your strands is best seen when your hair is dry and free from product.  The classification system goes from 1A - 4C. Type 1C has a slight wave to it, Type 2C is a deeper S wave, prone to frizz but easier to style. Type 3C more corkscrew curls and Type 4C is tightly coiled which can cause it to shrink and break more easily. 

What is your Hair Structure?

Hair structure falls into 3 categories. Fine, Medium and Coarse, Question 5 of the YUTY Hair Quiz asks you to determine how much of the strand of your hair you can feel between your fingers, from not being able to feel a strand of hair (fine hair) to feeling a single thick strand of hair between your fingers (coarse hair). Identifying the structure of your hair informs you as to how well your hair will hold a style and what types of products would work well - for example if you have 4C hair which is coarse, it will be resistant to styling but will hold styles and curls longer than fine hair with more heavy weight products and treatments being used to nourish and moisturise hair. 

What is your Hair Porosity?

The ability for hair to absorb moisture and product, informs the porosity of your hair. Assessing the porosity of your hair can be done simply. Low porosity hair can be identified as taking time to dry following your hair getting wet; whereas high porosity hair dries fairly quickly. Genetics contributes to the porosity of your hair, as does whether you heat style or bleach your hair. What does this mean? Well, if you use chemical treatments on your hair it can cause your hair to become dry and brittle, prone to breakage - the same with bleaching and heat styling. Keeping your hair nourished with leave-in treatments, masks and oils  will keep hair moisturised, with hair oils for high porosity hair working particularly well in keeping your hair conditioned. If product build up is a concern, then this may mean your hair is low porosity so applying products to your hair whilst wet allows for easier absorption.

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What about the scalp?

Taking care of your scalp is important for healthy hair. To understand the condition of your scalp, the day after washing your hair, inspect the roots. If the roots are oily and greasy then you most likely have an oily scalp. But, what if your scalp is in the exact opposite condition - dry with flaking? Oil treatments with a gentle hydrating shampoo would be the best.  A mix of symptoms such as oily and flaking? This can be caused by infrequent washing, co-washing (conditioner washing) or even product build up. In this instance, a stronger shampoo to help with product build up would be the best solution to help with an irritated scalp and product build up. 

Why should you use YUTY to help find the right hair care products?

Understanding your hair type, porosity and scalp condition is part of it. There are other aspects which could affect the effectiveness of products such as whether you live in a hard water area, the climate or your preferences, for example products free from parabens. As well as your individual goals. YUTY analyses all the products based on your responses to find the right products for you based on your responses. Taking the guesswork out of it, reducing the trial and error. 

Have you tried the YUTY Hair Quiz yet?

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