How to identify your own hair type

Don’t be overwhelmed; you don’t need to be an expert to identify your hair type. Just check one characteristic at a time and soon you will know the kind of hair you have. Follow each step given below and you will be able to identify your hair in minutes.

  1. By the look: the flowing pattern of your hair
  2. By the texture: By running your fingers through your hair, and
  3. The thickness of a single hair strand: You can’t possibly measure the diameter of your hair with an ordinary measuring tape. All you need to do is feel one single strand of your hair in between your index and thumb.

Identify your hair: detail step by step:

1. By the look

How does your natural towel dried, plainly combed hair look like? Although color and length are not significant here but for your convenience, we have a given example of a natural raven, brunette and a blonde.

a. Straight hair: Below is the examples of straight hair. Does your hair look like the picture below? Then you certainly have straight hair. Natural straight hair may have little bent at the bottom and will not be as straight as the flat ironed hair, so don’t be confused. Your hair is naturally shiny but needs to be frequently washed due to greasiness. It feels great not to tie your hair and let your natural shine mesmerize people, but it’s also inviting dirt with open arms so don’t always do that

Straight Hair


b. Below are the examples of wavy hair. If you hair looks like this then you have natural wavy hair! Wavy hair is the best type of hair to wear differently. From retro to absolutely ground-breaking hairstyle can be done on your hair

wavy hair

c. If your hair looks like the picture is given below, then you have curly hair! Your hair is a little moody, but if you can control the dryness and frizz then your hair have the strength of a superhero! The conditioner should be your weapon to dominate roughness and frizz

Curly Hair

2. By the texture

How does your hair feel when you slowly run your fingers through them?

a. Silky: Your fingers will glide through the hair easily
b. Normal: Your hair will slightly resist your fingers to run through
c. Dry: difficult to run fingers through, feels rough, especially without conditioning

3. Thickness

How thick or thin your hair determines what type of curling iron you need. Usually, there are 4 types of hair according to thickness

a. As fine/thin,
b. Medium, not too thick nor thin
c. Thick/coarse
d. Mixed texture either naturally or due to damage

To make sure which type you belong to, you need to check 1 single strand of hair. Look at it first. Is it almost translucent? Now put it in between your index and thumb. Can you feel it? If you can’t feel it then rub your fingers, if you still can’t feel it after rubbing, then you have fine hair. If you can faintly feel it without rubbing and clearly feel it after rubbing then you have medium hair and when you can clearly feel the hair without rubbing your fingers than you have thick hair.

Although hair can be classified in many different ways we chose the most logical yet simple method to organize it. The best part is, all the (a)s from the above three category, that is 1(a)Straight, 2(a)Silky and 3(a)Fine hair can use the same curling iron. The reason is straight hair usually silkier and finer than the other two which makes them naturally fall into the same group. Same goes for the all the (b)s that is, 1(b) Straight to Wavy 2(b) Normal and 3(b) Medium can use the same curling iron and 1(c) Wavy to curly 2(c) Dry  3(c) Thick/coarse can be combined as a big group and can use the same curling iron too.

So congratulations!!! Now you know the hair type you have. And just one step away from getting the curling iron especially made just for you!

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Orni Ibant
Orni Ibant
I have passed my whole life researching on ways to solve hair problems, on exploring different types of hair styles and different methods for nourishing-caring hair. That makes me a hair expert today. Read More

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