Your Guide To Hair Science And Hair Texture

Your Guide To Hair Science And Hair Texture

The key to unlocking the best hair of your life is understanding your hair texture and knowing a bit about hair science! This is particularly true for anyone with afro hair, as it has unique properties and specific concerns. Learning about your hair is essential to protecting, styling, and defining your curls and coils. 

What Is Hair Science? 

Understanding the science behind hair is crucial for effective care and maintenance, especially when it comes to afro hair. The structure of each strand is composed of multiple layers, including the cuticle, cortex and medulla. The cuticle acts as a protective outer layer, while the cortex provides strength and determines hair's elasticity and colour. Afro hair tends to have a flattened and irregularly shaped cuticle, which makes it more prone to dryness, breakage and tangling. 

The unique curvature of afro hair also impacts the distribution of natural oils, resulting in a higher likelihood of moisture retention challenges. By delving into the intricacies of hair science, you can select specialised products that address the specific needs of your hair texture to promote hydration, nourishment and overall health. Our formulations work together with the unique structure of afro hair, providing the care it deserves to thrive and radiate its natural beauty.

What Does Hair Texture Refer To? 

Hair texture is a defining characteristic of afro hair, showcasing its distinctiveness, adaptability, and appearance. It encompasses the coily, kinky and voluminous patterns that contribute to its beauty. It’s important to recognise and value the significance of texture. Through our specialised products, we aim to embrace and enhance the natural texture of afro hair, nurturing its health and empowering individuals to embrace their unique identity with confidence and pride. 

Types Of Hair Textures

Afro hair texture can vary greatly, but they generally fall into a few distinct categories. One common classification system is based on curl patterns and is often used to find your hair type. According to this system, there are four main types of curly hair, which largely determine the texture of your hair:

Type 4: Those with this hair type have a texture that is characterised by tightly coiled or kinky hair. It can further be divided into three subcategories:

  • 4A: Hair has well-defined, S-shaped coils with a visible curl pattern.
  • 4B: Hair has a less defined curl pattern, appearing more zigzag-shaped or tightly coiled.
  • 4C: Hair is tightly coiled with a minimal curl pattern, often forming a ‘Z’ or ‘S’ shape.

Type 3: This type has looser curls and can range from spiral-shaped to more wavy.

  • 3A: Hair has large, loose curls with a definite ‘S’ pattern.
  • 3B: Hair has medium-sized curls with a tighter ‘S’ pattern.
  • 3C: Hair has smaller, tighter curls resembling corkscrews.

It's important to note that individuals can have a combination of different textures, making each person's hair unique. Additionally, factors such as density, porosity and strand thickness also contribute to the overall characteristics of afro hair, further adding to its diversity.

Caring For Your Hair Texture And Type

Understanding the unique characteristics of different curly hair types allows us to tailor our hair care routines accordingly. For example, type 3 curls tend to be more prone to frizz and may benefit from moisturising products that enhance and define their natural patterns. On the other hand, type 4 curls often require extra moisture and nourishment due to their tendency to be dry and prone to breakage. This means using rich, hydrating products that provide deep moisture and seal in moisture effectively. We know how to care for your hair texture and can select the right products and techniques to maintain healthy, vibrant curls. It’s our goal to ensure that each curl pattern is celebrated and cared for with the attention it deserves.

Nylah’s Naturals And Your Curls

At Nylah’s Naturals, our products are specifically formulated with afro hair and hair science in mind. Using only the best natural, vegan-friendly, non-toxic, sulfate and paraben-free ingredients, we cater for all curly hair types and textures from 3A to 4C and make wash day a breeze! 

To shop our range of afro hair care products, visit our website and don’t forget to have a look at our bundles, which are great if you’re looking to overhaul your routine! To keep up with our latest offers and news, sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
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