Knowing your hair type is just as important as knowing your shoe size, as far as I’m concerned. Unless you’re Kendall Jenner strutting the catwalk for Balmain, you can’t squeeze into a size 6 stiletto when you’re a size 10 and look good. You also can’t use tools and products meant for another hair type. If you do, bad hair days will be trending in your world! How do you figure out your hair type? Hair types are based on porosity, density, texture, and coarseness.
The easiest way to test porosity is to place a single, clean strand of hair in a cup of water. If it floats, it has low porosity. If it sinks, it has high porosity. Low porosity hair makes it hard for moisture to get in, normal porosity hair is able to accept moisture and hold on to it, and high porosity hair accepts moisture easily but is too weak to retain it. This can happen due to chemical, heat, or environmental damage to your hair.
There are three basic densities: fine, medium, and thick. Density is based upon how many strands of hair you have on your head. Boar brushes are magical unicorns to a hairdresser because they aid in adding volume to fine hair, reduce static, and can tame the frizz in any lion’s mane. I suggest a ceramic boar bristle brush for fine, medium, and thick hair. The more dense your hair is, the fatter the brush you will select to blow dry your hair.
- Natural blondes are usually the least dense and should use a 1 1/2 Inch Ceramic Boar Brush.
- Natural brunettes are usually the most dense and should use a 2 1/2 Inch Ceramic Boar Brush.
- Gingers typically fall right in the middle and should use a 2 Inch Ceramic Boar Brush.
Texture can be straight, wavy, curly, or kinky.
- If you have kinky, curly, wavy, or frizzy hair and you like to smooth your locks as much as possible, use a Flat Boar Bristle Brush when styling. Please make sure to always use a nozzle when blow-drying the hair and aim it downward, not all over the place. This blows the cuticle smooth in one direction, making it appear shinier. Use tension on the hair when pulling the brush through.
- If you have flat, straight, or limp hair and you are looking for volume, you are going to direct the root forward when blow-drying the crown area with a Round Boar Bristle Brush.
Boar bristle brushes are great for those with damaged or fine hair, but make sure you choose one with extra soft bristles. If your hair has high porosity and is damaged, you are going to want to apply a Hair Mask in the shower and comb your hair through with a WET Brush or a Wide Tooth Comb. Use a Heat Protector Spray or Cream before applying any heat and cocktail it with a Moisturizer.
If you want your locks to look as good as Kendall Jenner’s this year, pay attention to the tools you are choosing to style your hair. These small details can make a huge difference!