When it comes to treating your hair right, the first thing you should be asking yourself is this: What is my hair type? Finding the answer as well as identifying your hair concerns are the first steps in determining the right hair care routine for you.
Read on to find out what type of hair you have (whether it’s dark brown or blonde), how the experts say you should look after it, and must-have products from the L'Oréal portfolio for your hair type.
How To Know Your Hair Type
Determining what type of hair you have is the starting point for finding the right products and styles that address your hair needs. Your hair type is classified by the shape of the hair fiber, AKA the bends or lack thereof. There are four main types of hair: straight, wavy, curly, and coily.
Normally, you can determine your hair type just by looking at it. So if it’s sleek and asymmetrical, your hair is straight. If you have a slight wave, then (you guessed it) it’s wavy. If you have a natural curl in your hair, it’s curly.
“Curly hair is quite often the most delicate hair type. Because of the hair's shape—spirals and twists—it can be harder for the natural oils that nourish and protect the hair to travel down the strand," Christian Wiles, British Matrix artistic director, says.
He recommends starting off with the Biolage R.A.W. 3Butter Control System Shampoo and following it with the complementary conditioner to give your curls all the love and TLC they need to look beautiful.
Finally if your hair has tight ringlets or coils, you have coily tresses—and presto, that’s your hair type covered!
How To Find Your Hair Concerns
These may have been the deets you were after from the beginning, but news flash: the following information actually pertains to hair concerns, not hair type. In any case, taking both into account is important when stocking your bathroom cupboard.
Hair Care Concern: Dryness
How To Identify Dry Hair
For many women, dry hair is annoyingly persistent. As Denis Do Amaral, French stylist for Kérastase and L'Oréal Professionnel, explains: "The principle cause of dry hair is mistreatment, which encompasses many factors.”
So what’s causing your locks to dry out?
“Things like exposing your hair to too much sun without protecting it, using heat too frequently, and not using heat protection can all cause dry hair," he says.
How To Care For Dry Hair
Before you reach for the styling tools, make sure to apply Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique Blow Dry Primer, a thermo-seal glaze that’s formulated for dry hair to smooth, add shine, and make hair easier to style. And because hair can always do with more moisture, make sure you’re doubling up on conditioner like Kérastase Nutritive Fondant Magistral Conditioner as much as possible to help keep dryness at bay and provide your locks with exactly what they need to thrive.
Hair Care Concern: Damage
How To Identify Damage
If your hair is damaged (prone to split ends, breakage, and hair is rough to the touch), you should be using products that are specifically designed to target these signs of damage and get your hair back to health.
How To Care For Damaged Hair
Experts recommend the L'Oréal Professionnel Pro Fiber Recover Mask. This stylist favorite is a long-lasting hair care system ideal for very damaged hair.
Hair Care Concern: Thinning Hair
How To Identify Hair Thinning
The third major hair concern for women is thinning hair.
"It can be caused by different reasons such as genetics, poor nutrition, medicines, stress and hormonal problems", says Marina San Miguel, L'Oréal Professionnel Mexico educator.
She explains that thinning hair is easy to identify when you put your hair in a ponytail and it feels less full than usual or if you’re seeing more of your scalp than you did before.
How To Tackle Hair Thinning
San Miguel recommends making an appointment at your salon ASAP. Your stylist should be able to tell you how severe the thinning is and advise you on whether or not to see a scalp specialist.
Find out your hair type and hair concerns with this handy guide to make sure you’re listening to your hair and providing it with the care it needs to thrive!
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