It may have taken me ages to identify my skin type, but about my hair I never had any doubt. It’s oily. I have to wash it every other day because it gets greasy so quickly!
That should also have helped me identify my skin type sooner. After all, your hair type and your skin type are usually (although not always) the same (ok, my skin is combination, but I do have an oily t-zone, so my oily hair should still have provided a clue).
Figuring out what your hair type is is really important. Once you know that, you can choose the best products for your hair’s needs. I know that using shampoos specifically designed for oily hair does help me keep the oiliness under control somewhat.
How to identify your hair type
There are 4 basic types of hair: normal, oily, dry and combination.
Normal hair is shiny yet not oily and fairly easy to manage; it is soft to the touch. Hair is strong from the scalp, so breakage is minimal.
Oil hair produces too much oil. It looks good after you wash it, but begins to look greasy and lifeless after a day or two. Groups of hair cling together in strands. People with oily hair often suffer from dandruff too.
Dry hair has the opposite problem: it doesn’t produce enough oil. Overexposure to the sun and harsh chemical treatments, such as hair dying, can also dry out hair. Dry hair looks brittle and dull, feels rough to the touch and, sometimes, even itchy. Hair breaks off very easily.
Combination hair is usually oily at the scalp and dry at the ends. Split ends are frequent.
What’s your hair type?