First, we would like to mention that hair is hair.
Please, hear us out. It is the shape of the hair strand, the porosity and the nature of how the hair grows that makes the difference when it comes to hair care and maintenance. Read more about this on the “All about Hair” page.
Here at Honeyfig, we list hair care lines, by hair type. So, whether you are Type 1B straight or a Type 4B natural kinky; you can find the right product for your hair, right here.
The following is an easy reference, visual guide in which to familiarize yourself with the various hair types. These suggestions should be considered as a guideline and not should be taken out of context.
Type 1 Straight
Here, we have the easiest hair type grouping to maintain; that is, once you have decide to enjoy wearing your hair straight. You may also choose to make the style more dramatic, by adding a henna or colour treatment.
Straight Fine is by far easier to colour, however, it is also more prone to damage, if the colour processing is not done correctly. As the Straight Bold is more resistant to natural colour, it is advisable to consult a Hair Colour Technician prior to any processing. Occasional warm oil treatment can assist to smooth hair cuticles and add additional shine.
1a Straight Fine
1b Straight Bold
Type 2 Wavy
Wavy hair wearers can have a world of fun. With the wide scope of flexibility, you can accentuate your waves with gels and/or mousses; or go straight with a variety of straightening products. Either way, do have fun; you have the best of both worlds.
You can also, enjoy the benefits of colour, highlights and streaks to amplify your style, or simply choose your own subtle natural colour. A special ritual of clarifying wash, along with an infused moisturizing rinse, will keep your tresses flowing with life.
2a Wavy Fine
2b Wavy Med
2c Wavy Bold
Type 3 Curly
Of the diverse hair type grouping, Curly hair appears to be the most complex to manage. Complex only because it is under appreciated and misunderstood.
You can command the look that you want to achieve, by learning to control you curls. Soothe them with a moisturizing wash, conditioning treatment and curl definition crèmes, to emphasize your curler curls to your ringlets. They will reward you with a myriad of curly locks.
3a Curly Loose
3b Curly Med
3c Curly Defined
Type 4 Coily
Oh what options. Coily equals choices. It’s that simply!
You are blessed to have flexibility when it comes to wearing your style. Let’s have a look at the various selections available to you. You can wear your hair naturally coily/curly/kinky, texturized, permanently curly, braided, twisted, dreadlocked, and/or any other creative style that has yet to be displayed, designed or developed. So, go on and enjoy!
The key ingredient to doing so is to deep condition, moisturize and seal in the moisture. This 1-2-3 step should ensure you, healthy looking hair. We will go one step further by saying that for natural 4b hair type, one should condition wash frequently, every other day or daily and clarify wash biweekly. Also, it would be best to detangler only after the hair is wet with conditioner from root to ends. This is the only hair type that should be combed or detangled when wet.
4a Coily Curly
4b Coily Kinky
Type 5a Relaxed
Now, this may go against all that you have read about Hair Types. You might say that relaxed hair does not have a category of its own, but we beg to differ. Relaxed hair is definitely in a class unto itself. Once the hair has been chemically altered, you will have to respect it and treat it differently from the other types.
That being said, you should focus on the moisture retentiveness and rebuilding any lost protein. To prevent damaged to the hair it is suggested to apply a treatment oil or conditioning mask prior to shampoo, then moisture wash, deep condition (use a protein treatment biweekly and follow with a moisturizing conditioner); afterwards moisturize with a styling lotion and then, seal in the moisture with light natural oil. The reason for these additionally steps, is due to the fact that once your hair is chemically processed, its moisture retention ability is reduced dramatically; hence, dryness and breakage, if not care for properly.
One additional factor to consider is that you should refrain from over combing the hair once it is wet. Simply detangle with a wide teeth comb. Air dry and/or cool air blow dry. Keep brushing, to an absolute minimum, due to its fragility, and be selective with your natural bristles and paddle brushes. No circular brushes here. You can achieve great lengths, if you choose to relax your hair; you will simply have to pamper it a little more.
5a Relaxed Hair