How to Manage Any Hair Type

Updated on July 18, 2019

Hair is composed of multiple layers of the same fibrous protein as skin, fingernails, and toenails are made of. It is also found within certain organs and glands. This specific protein is called keratin. Keratin is also the protein that protects epithelial cells from damage or stress. A single hair strand has multiple layers which consist of the cuticle, cortex, and medulla. The cuticle is the outer layer of hair and is where shine can be seen. Hair cuticles resemble shingles or scales that open and close with heat and cold, respectively. The cortex is where the strength, color, elasticity, and texture of hair comes from. The fibrous cortex accounts of 90% of hair's total weight. The medulla is the innermost structure and is only present in large, thick and or coarse strands of hair. This layer is typically not found in naturally blonde or fine hair. A hair follicle anchors each hair into the scalp, where the hair bulb forms the base of the hair follicle within the dermis.

There is a difference between the different textures and types of hair. The texture of hair refers to the circumference of hair, which is simply fine, medium, and thick. Think about when hair is pulled back altogether, how thick is it in your hand? If it is medium or thick, then it contains a medulla! The different types of hair are how the hair looks. Some of the most common types of hair are curly, wavy, or straight. A person's hair can consist of more than one of texture and type.

The Structure of Hair

Manageable Hair Is Possible

As time passes, hair changes its texture, type, elasticity, and even strength. Years of sun damage, hard water, harsh styling products, and heat styling begin to show on the outside layers of hair. The cuticle may become frizzy, brittle, and dry, kind of like hay. Hair also may begin to stop growing and or even thinning because of the years of damage. When hair is not properly maintained and cared for, this causes other problems with hair besides damage like unruliness.

Having manageable, healthy hair is possible for any hair with proper and consistent care and maintenance. Healthy hair starts from the inside then grows and shows on the outside. Caring for hair regularly will encourage new growth and increase the shine and durability of hair, for a more radiant appearance as well as texture.

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How to Manage Any Hair Type

There are some facts and tips about hair care that are necessary to manage and to maintain hair for healthy new growth with added shine and strength. Often times, many people take the time to style their hair, but never actually take care of it. Caring for and maintaining hair should be part of everyone's regular routine, just as brushing their teeth and bathing are. Haircare is essential for a neat, clean, and well-groomed appearance and also for overall, general health.

Managing hair is easy and will have noticeable effects, but it must be consistent and regular. Over-caring for hair is also possible by overdoing certain things. This article will help to explain and illustrate how to manage any hair type for natural and healthy new growth, as well as added shine and durability.

1. Foods That Make Healthy Hair

And hair shows it! A healthy daily diet that consists of foods that are high in protein, antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins are best for making hair shiny and strong, along with encouraging natural, healthy growth starting from the inside. Foods to avoid are sugar, black tea, alcohol, and coffee. Some of the best foods to eat regularly for healthy hair are pictured below.

2. Drink Water

A healthy daily diet, but also plenty of water is always the best and most solid foundation for having healthy, shiny, and manageable hair (also skin and nails). Water is the best and most natural way to add moisture back into the hair. About 8 [8 ounces] cups of water is the daily recommended serving for everyone, which may include flavored water. Water is healthy for hair to have increased body and shine from proper hydration. Hair will become dull and lifeless and hard to manage when lacking water. Try adding some clean and fresh rose petals for a more enhanced taste.

3. Know How to Wash

Knots and tangles in the hair after washing is a nuisance but also cause breakage. Even with a detangler, there are always knots and tangles to comb out. I have learned that if you brush your hair before you wash it, there is a drastic reduction in the number of knots and tangles afterward. Also brushing before washing can help to properly disburse shampoo and conditioner, instead of just washing one big tangle. The strands of hair are neater and less jumbled up. Never pile hair on top of head to wash because this will cause deep tangles in the hair. Instead, it is best to wash from the scalp down to the tips. The same applies when conditioning, however, do not apply conditioner directly on to the scalp because hair tends to look more oily even after just being washed. Pat and squeeze hair dry with a soft cloth or even a t-shirt. This reduces knots and tangles, but can also reduce static, breakage, and frizz.

4. Know When Not to Wash

Washing hair is good to remove styling products, dirt, and build-up but it also washes away precious oils that help hair to stay manageable, shiny, and healthy. There are many times when hair always looks better the next day, the day after washing. That's because there are natural oils that have accumulated that naturally maintain frizz, dryness, and even static. I recommend washing hair every other day if very oily hair and every 2–3 days (slay for 3 days) if obtainable, however, don't wait too long as to form build-up on the scalp that can clog and damage hair follicles. This is the best and most natural way to have manageable hair with the least amount of work. The new dry shampoos are intended for days when hair is unwashed, but those dry out hair and cause more harm to hair than benefits because of all the chemicals.

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5. Always Close Those Cuticle

A hair's outer layers are called the cuticle, which can close and open, just like flowers can. Certain elements and conditions can change the hair cuticle's movement. When heat is applied to hair, like hot water or heat from the blow dryer, the cuticle opens which makes hair appear frizzy and untamed. When coldness is applied, like cool water or a cold shot of the blow dryer, the hair cuticle closes which makes hair more manageable and smoother. Rinsing hair with warm water during washing and conditioning will open the cuticle for proper cleansing and moisturizing. Finishing with a quick rinse of cool water will close the cuticle further for a healthier appearance. A cool shot of air following the completion of blow-drying hair will allow for a closed cuticle with a smoother finish. Never blow dry hair with hot air to reduce damage, use only warm air just until hair is dry.

6. Do Not Use Harsh Styling Products

Styling products are not the same as thermal protectors, glosses, or oils. Many styling products like mousse and hair spray contain large amounts of alcohol in some form, which is very damaging and drying to the hair cuticle. Extra harsh styling products such as pastes and waxes will strip hair of all moisture and the scalp of natural oil along with shine and health. Plus these are very difficult to remove from the hair unless there are multiple washes. The alcohol contained in many styling products is usually the first ingredient listed and will build up onto the scalp and onto the hair. This build-up will weigh hair down, eventually depleting natural body and volume of hair. Sleeping with any type of styling product left in hair is definitely not advised because the hair follicles will remain covered up to reduce natural hair growth. Styling products are optional and should always contain natural ingredients. So while the hair may look and feel great immediately after styling, the result is more damage and long term consequences.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

  • Can we use hair setting spray on hair?

    Too many products cause build-up and residue.

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