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What Is My Hair Type? How To Find Your Hair Type Test

10 April 2019
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Lisa Haynes

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Lisa is a London-based beauty editor who’s obsessive about anything and everything beauty, especially hair. Work hobbies include taking insta-hair Boomerangs and trend spotting backstage. She is eternally trying to achieve tousled, second-day hair (and loves a killer blow-dry).

Hair types can be a major dictator for the products you should be using day-to-day. Curious to know, what is my hair type? Sometimes, it’s not just about the texture of your hair, but its overall condition that dictates the hair types it might fall into. Most hair pros can figure out hair types by sight alone, but there’s also a simple ‘what is my hair type?’ strand test that you can do at home (and it takes seconds).

We’ve got the lowdown on the 10-second test the experts use to define if you have dry, damaged, normal or oily hair types in the salon chair. Once you’ve worked that out, give your tresses a more prescriptive approach to haircare based on hair types.

“Don’t underestimate the power of the correct haircare,” says Sally Montague, director of Sally Montague Hair. “Always ask a professional for their opinion - sometimes we can think our hair’s damaged when it’s actually just in need of hydration.”

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Want the insider on hair types? Time to suss out your strands…

Take The ‘What Is My Hair Type’ Test (In 10 Seconds)

You don’t need scientific equipment to take the what is my hair type strand test yourself...

“To test the condition of your hair yourself simply dampen a strand, wrap it around your finger and thumb and pull gently. If it snaps back quickly then it’s healthy, but if it snaps completely, or doesn’t bounce back then your hair is weakened. Longer hair towards the ends is oldest and most likely to suffer breakage but hair types can change and develop depending on how your hair is treated.”

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Still not sure? Are you still wondering what is my hair type? If you want to get a second opinion on your strands, your stylist will be able to do a more in-depth analysis of hair types and scalp health. Some salons even have high-tech magnifying cameras to get a close-up on the story of your hair strands.

Curly Hair Types

The curlier the hair, the smaller the curve diameter.

“Curly hair types tend to be the most dry and unruly type,” warns Sally. “Curls will always need moisture due to the natural s-bend shape of the hair.”

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Because curly hair stretches under stress, it’s more likely to break than straight hair. Give it extra nourishment with hydrating haircare to put the bounce back into your curls.

Must-Have: L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Curl Contour line features shampoo, conditioner and masque to enhance your curls.

Oily Hair Types

If your hair only feels ‘freshly washed’ for a matter of hours, you probably know all about the perils of too much oil production on your scalp. Another common oily hair pitfall? Dandruff flakes.

Oily hair types can look dull, limp and lifeless, especially at the roots. If you want to ditch the tactical top knot, avoid brushing your hair too often and use a shampoo that’s specifically formulated to re-balance an oily scalp.

Must-Have: Kérastase Bain Divalent shampoo treats oily roots to help remove excess sebum.

Coloured-Treated Hair Types

No matter what your hair type, hair that’s colour treated or lightened is likely to be more dry and susceptible to breakage, thanks to the chemical process. Factor in over-exposure to the sun and heated tools, and your hair may be majorly lacking in elasticity.

Investing in a good, regular haircare routine will help to smooth your hair and replace the moisture lost by colour damaged cuticles.

Must-Have: Pureology Strength Cure line is ideally suited to restoring and protecting coloured, damaged hair types.

Normal Hair Types

If you’ve lucked out with well-behaved hair, you’re most likely have straight hair that’s not too greasy or dry.

“Straight hair is often the most shiny and resilient of all hair types”

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You probably pass the strand test with flying colours, thanks to healthy hair with good elasticity, manageability and shine. Keep up your haircare regime with products that don’t weigh your hair down, leave a dull residue, or strip your strands of their natural oils.

Must-Have: Kérastase Chronologiste Essential Revitalising Balm is a masque to keep your hair in optimum condition so you never fear the hair types strand test.

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Hacks For Hair Types

Thick and frizzy, or fine and over-processed? Now you’ve answered what is my hair type, Sally Montague has this insider advice:

  • Ask your stylist to identify your hair type and they will personalise your colour, cut and style to suit this.
  • It’s always important to work with natural hair types and manage your hair into the best condition possible. Work with it, not against it.
  • Always start a hair recovery journey with your scalp. If you have a healthy scalp, your hair will be able to be able to grow from a stable environment rather than a scalp that’s too oily or sensitive.
  • Keep analysing your strands and asking yourself ‘what is my hair type?’. It will change depending on your hair colour processing, climate and homecare used.
  • Most people visit their hairdresser every six weeks. Ask your stylist to reassess your hair type and condition and try and keep a record at each appointment.
  • Once completing these steps you can now stop asking yourself what is my hair type and find the products that work for you.

Interested in knowing more about what is my hair type? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you. Speak to your nearest salon about the best personalised care package for you.

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