Hair is generally separated into four categories; straight hair, wavy hair, curly hair and afro hair. Despite the four categories, there are numerous sub-categories. Some people even have multiple hair textures on the same head!
Understanding your hair type will help you to understand how to effectively nourish and condition to promote healthy hair growth without leaving you feeling greasy or weighed down.
Type 1: Straight Hair
Straight hair is the most resilient hair of all of the hair types. It is the hardest to damage and also the most oily of the four categories because the sebum (the oils your scalp produces) works its way from the scalp to the ends without the interference of waves or curls.
Moisture is not typically a problem, but that doesn’t mean there’s no need for an oil. Mix a few drops of moringa oil into your conditioner and wash out in the shower.
In addition to moringa, try:
- Patchouli oil to beat dandruff and stimulate hair growth and
- Rosemary oil for combatting oily hair because it regulates sebum production.
Type 2: Wavy Hair
When compared to straight and curly hair, wavy hair is the easiest to manipulate. It can be straightened or curled to mimic the other hair types more easily. Often described as an “s shape” it is more prone to frizz than straighter hair. Use moringa oil for styling or to control frizz by working a pea-sized amount of oil through your hands and gently massaging from scalp to ends. Because moringa oil is so lightweight and easily absorbed, it won't weigh your hair down, and its powerhouse of antioxidants and fatty acids provide the nutrients your hair needs for a healthy scalp and hair growth.
Type 3: Curly Hair
The higher the hair type number, the higher the potential of your hair to frizz. There is also a tendency for greater hair volume too! Curly hair has a more defined curl pattern than type one and two, but is not as tightly curled as type four hair. Massage a dime-sized amount together in your hands and work from the scalp to the ends, scrunching curls toward the bottom. Because it is similar to the sebum your skin and scalp produce naturally. It’s a great oil to use to add shine and moisture to your curls. It’s also great for controlling your frizz and flyaways, preventing breakage and split ends.
Type 4: Afro Hair
Out of all the hair types, afro hair is the most fragile. Afro hair strands typically have a “zig zag pattern”. Because of afro’s tight coils, it is the driest hair type. The sebum produced at the scalp cannot travel down the strands as easily, thus it is more prone to breakage than its counterparts. For this reason, it typically needs more moisture than the other three hair types.
Coily hair is built to naturally block the sun’s rays from the scalp so the scalp doesn’t overheat during the summer. It also protects the scalp from harmful rays and elements, acting as a natural barrier. Moringa oil is great for hot oil treatments to add moisture and shine back to your tresses. A must-have for any hair type, but especially for afro hair as it can be quite dry and fragile. Moringa oil can also be used for detangling.