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Picking the best natural shampoo for your hair may not be as easy as it sounds. Hair should complement or enhance the appearance of your face throughout the day, but it is challenging to maintain the style of your hair until sunset. Your hair starts to lose moisture, collect more dust, and become a mess. It would be great to shampoo thrice a day to prevent these problems. Today, some shampoos work as if you applied them on your hair thrice a day depending on the type of hair.

What Type of Hair Do I Have?

Many women and hair stylists refer to several systems that classify different types of hair by how it looks and feels.

Recognizing your hair type is vital in determining what kind or brand of shampoo would work best on you. While some shampoo brands work with almost all types of hair, other types of shampoo only work well with specific hair types. Many women and hair stylists refer to several systems that classify different types of hair by how it looks and feels. Below are the three hair typing systems:

Andre Walker System

Many hair stylists in the industry widely use Andre Walker Hair Typing System. This hair typing system was created by hairstylist Andre Walker who also styles the hair of Oprah Winfrey. Here are the different types of hair as classified by Walker:

Type 1: Straight Hair. This type of hair naturally does not bend in any direction and only grows straight. Type 1A is straight and thin or fine. Type 1B is slightly thicker than 1A. Type 1C is somewhat coarse and strong enough to bend or style into a curly look.

Type 2: Wavy Hair. This type of hair appears to grow wavy but not too curly naturally. Type 2A, Type 2B, and Type 2C reflect how fine and smooth to how medium and coarse wavy hair is. The last type of wavy hair is coarser than the first two types and tends to frizz.

Type 3: Curly Hair. This type of hair naturally grows curly and bends in an ‘S’ pattern. It is neither flat nor shiny, unlike the straight hair and wavy hair. Curly hair also has three other types under it which correspond to the looseness of the curls.

Type 4: Kinky Hair. This type of hair is made up of several tightly packed hair strands that are coiled tightly and not as loose as the curly hair type. While Type 4A has an ‘S’ pattern, Type 4B and Type 4C have a ‘Z’ pattern or hair that is sharply bent.

LOIS System

LOIS Hair Typing System illustrates the natural way your hair appears. It’s a simpler system than Walker’s, and it emphasizes on three classifications:

Pattern. Each pattern is categorized under the L.O.I.S. categories. (L) pattern is for hair that bends like a right angle and has relatively no curves. (O) pattern applies to hair with coils or curls that bend like the letter ‘O.’ (I) pattern is defined by hair that is flat and does not bend. (S) pattern is represented by wavy patterns or curls.

Strand Size. The size of your hair strand is compared to the size of a sewing thread wherein thin hair is smaller than the sewing thread, medium hair has the same size as the sewing thread, and thick hair is larger than the sewing thread.

Texture. There are five types of hair texture, including Thready, Wiry, Cottony, Spongy, and Silky. Cottony and Spongy hair tends to absorb water quickly, while Thready, Wiry, and Silky hair looks shiny and somewhat frizzy.

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Fia System

Fia’s Hair Typing System is similar to Walker’s but with additional classifications. Besides the four types of hair, straight, wavy, curly, and coiled, it also includes the appearance of your hair, fine, medium, and coarse, and the volume or amount of hair that you have which is measured with a ponytail. A circumference below two inches is thin. Going two to four inches is normal. Going above four inches is thick.

How Do I Choose a Shampoo for My Hair?

Most brands use the Andre Walker System as a guide when manufacturing their hair products. You can find the answer here for the best shampoo products in the market. The best shampoo for your hair type also depends on how oily your scalp is. Greasy hair tends to cause hair fall while dry hair causes frizz and split ends. For oily hair, you should look for a shampoo that has strengthening and balancing enhancers and avoid one that moisturizes your hair. For dry hair, look for a shampoo that contains sulfate and promotes hydration or hydration.

Straight hair tends to be resilient, and while coiled or kinky hair is relatively fragile. For fine or slightly coarse hair such as straight hair and wavy hair, you should look for shampoos with extracts including moringa, artichoke, and other botanical extracts. For thick hair such as curly hair and kinky hair, you should look for shampoos with elements that prevent frizz, promote moisture, and contain avocado extracts.

Regardless of hair type, you should also apply other hair products, including conditioners, for the best results. You should avoid chemical treatments. Do not abuse your hair dryer and should only be used occasionally or during an emergency. Lastly, you should not brush your hair when it’s wet and comb your hair gently.