Hair­care 101

Treat your hair well and it will love you back

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Contents -

women of­ten wish their hair was dif­fer­ent – straight when it’s curly, thick when it’s thin – es­pe­cially when it’s mis­be­hav­ing or isn’t look­ing fab­u­lous. Pretty com­mon, yes? But what if you could tweak your hair­care rou­tine and man­age your locks with greater ease, just the way they are?

The trick is to em­brace your hair’s tex­ture, den­sity and shape. Wel­come to Hair School.

Char­ac­ter­is­tics WHAT’S YOUR HAIR TYPE?

Your hair type is a com­bi­na­tion of tex­ture, den­sity and shape, but if you still aren’t sure af­ter read­ing the be­low, ask your hair­dresser for help. Know­ing the type will help de­ter­mine your hair­care needs.

Tex­ture –

refers to the cir­cum­fer­ence of in­di­vid­ual strands – fine, medium and coarse. If you can’t feel a sin­gle strand between two fin­gers it’s fine, if you can eas­ily feel one, it’s coarse.

Den­sity – refers to the amount of hair growth on your scalp. If you part your hair and eas­ily see scalp it’s thin, if you barely see scalp it’s thick, some­where in between is medium.

Shape – refers to how straight, wavy, curly or kinky your hair is in its nat­u­ral state.


The bet­ter your hair’s con­di­tion, the bet­ter it will look and the eas­ier it will be to style. Good con­di­tion comes from hav­ing a whole­some diet and life­style, but hair is also af­fected by how you treat it and what you use.


Heat styling, in­clud­ing blow-dry­ing and straight­en­ing, causes a de­gree of dam­age, so ap­ply leave-in con­di­tioner to wet hair, use a heat-pro­tec­tion spray and do reg­u­lar treat­ments. Chem­i­cally treated and dyed hair be­comes more por­ous, so to im­prove its con­di­tion and re­duce colour fad­ing, use treat­ments and sham­poos and con­di­tion­ers for coloured hair.

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