After spending decades with your hair, you have developed your own personal narratives to describe it: it’s too thin, it’s too thick or it’s too curly. While most of us are born with a certain hair type, the course of our actions can sometimes change its texture and density.

Simply assuming your hair type and using products depending on your assumption won’t give you the desired results. Now, of course you know your hair better than we do, but what if we told you there’s an easy way to determine your hair type and texture. Yep, really. So, leave the guess work aside and scroll down to find out your actual hair type once and for all.

 

Hair texture

Hair texture

Your hair texture is the natural shape or pattern of your strands. While it is generally easy to find this out, here’s how you can be sure of it. The next time you wash your hair, let it air dry sans products. Meaning, don’t apply your hair serum, leave-in conditioner or any other product you generally apply after shower. If it looks straight without any bends or curves then you have straight hair, also called as type 1 hair. If you notice a slight curve or ‘S’ pattern then it's wavy or type 2. A defined curl or loop is considered as curly or type 3 and spiral or tight curls are called coily or type 4.

 

Hair density or type

Hair density or type

Hair density or type refers to the thickness of the strands. Knowing this will allow you to buy the right products. There are three major hair types — fine, medium and thick. Here’s an easy trick to find out which category your hair falls into. Take a single hair strand from your brush and lay it straight on a plain surface, preferably a white background. Then, cut a piece of sewing thread about six inches long and place it next to the hair; try and pick a colour that’s close to the colour of your hair. Look closely, if your hair strand looks thinner than the thread, your hair type is fine. If it looks thicker than the thread, you have thick hair type, anything in between is medium.