Hair is indeed every person’s crowning glory. At times, hair can make or break an entire look. It is easy choosing a hairstyle – it is easy to straighten or curl your hair with a styling iron. On the other hand, there is no styling iron that can hide the telltale signs of unhealthy hair.
Foremost, when choosing the right herbal shampoo for your hair, it is best to know the different types of hair. This is important because every hair type has its own features and specifications when it comes to hair care. Secondly, it is also important to know what are the signs of damaged hair – and how to repair it immediately to prevent further damage.
Hair, generally, has three types with two to three sub-types each. Hair can be:
Straight Hair (Type 1)
This is the most sheen and resilient among the different hair types. It is hard to damage and difficult to curl. It has three sub-types: 1a straight (fine and thin), 1b straight (medium), and 1c straight (coarse). This type of hair is very common among Asians. Hair tends to be very soft, shiny, and very difficult to damage.
To take care of straight hair, it’s important to use a gentle shampoo and hair straightening conditioner, avoiding heavy products that can weigh it down. Regular trims prevent split ends while using a wide-toothed comb helps minimize breakage. Protecting from heat styling, using a heat protectant, and avoiding excessive brushing maintain the hair’s natural shine.
What to watch out for with this hair type: Type 1 (straight) hair is extremely prone to oil. Sebum easily goes through from the scalp to the ends because there are no curls or kinks to interrupt its path. Oily hair can be very unhygienic as it can hoard dirt and bacteria, so it’s important to know how to wash hair properly. Conditions related to oily hair include seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff) and scalp psoriasis. Regular shampooing every other day can prevent excessive oil with this hair type.
Wavy Hair (Type 2)
The sheen and texture of wavy hair ranges between straight and curly, and is characterized by a distinct ‘S’ pattern. On the other hand, this type of hair is prone to frizz. There are also three sub-types of wavy hair: 2a wavy (fine and thin), wavy (medium), and wavy (coarse). Wavy medium and coarse are very resistant to styling.
Caring for wavy hair involves using sulfate-free shampoos and moisturizing conditioners to enhance natural waves. Applying a leave-in conditioner or curl-enhancing product is an excellent way how to get rid of frizzy hair. Finger combing or using a wide-toothed comb while wet avoids disrupting the wave pattern, while air drying or diffusing prevents excessive heat damage.
What to watch out for with this hair type: This type of hair is prone to frizz, so it’s best to choose haircuts designed for frizzy hair. This particular type of hair has cuticle layers raised, allowing moisture to swell the strands. Aside from wavy hair’s frizzy feature, other practices that can lead to hair becoming frizzy includes shampooing too often, blow-drying, and hair ironing. Frizzy hair can often lead to hair breakage.
Curly Hair (Type 3)
Curly hair has a more prominent and definite ‘S’ pattern and is a combination of thickness, fullness, body, as well as frizziness. It has two types: 3a curly (loose) and 3b curly (tight). This type of hair is full-bodied, climate-dependent, and damage-prone.
This hair type requires extra hydration, so using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner is essential. Applying a leave-in conditioner or curl cream helps define and control curls. It is also essential to avoid heat styling and opt for air drying or diffusing to minimize frizz. Regular deep conditioning treatments and gentle detangling with fingers or a wide-toothed comb preserve the curl pattern.
What to watch out for with this hair type: As mentioned, curly hair is prone to damage. This is characterized by uneven cuticles that do not allow equal distribution of moisture. The main focus for curly hair – likewise with wavy to kinky hair – is moisturization. Avoid hair styling that includes blow-dryers and hair irons. One valuable tip for wavy to kinky hair: shampoo less – but when you do, condition more.
Kinky Hair (Type 4)
This type of hair features a tightly coiled pattern (or no discernible pattern at all). It has a very high density but is often fragile. This type of hair is the most susceptible to damage. There are three sub-types for kinky hair. These are the following: 4a kinky (soft), 4b (wiry), and kinky (wiry with no defined curl pattern).
Caring for kinky hair involves regular deep conditioning to maintain moisture and prevent breakage. Using sulfate-free shampoos and co-washing helps retain natural oils. Additionally, moisturizing with leave-in conditioners, oils, and butters, and sealing the ends with natural oils promote hair health. Lastly, protective styles, gentle detangling, and minimizing heat usage are crucial for managing and preserving the texture of kinky hair.
What to watch out for with this hair type: Kinky hair is dry by nature and it is prone to breakage. It is the driest hair type and needs the gentlest and most meticulous hair care. One important reminder regarding kinky hair: it needs moisture, daily. Heat, direct heat, styling iron, and blow-drying can easily damage this particular hair type.
Moringa-O2 features a gentle shampoo that’s best for all hair types. Introducing Moringa-O2 Herbal Shampoo with Argan Oil, the Moringa-O2 hair care line infuses a rare and unique combination of nature’s powerful ingredients: moringa (malunggay), olive oil, and omega oil from sunflower oil infused with Argan oil, also known as liquid gold and one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets to lush and luxurious hair.
The Moringa-O2 hair care products are powered with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals for the ultimate and complete hair and scalp care system. It has vitamins A, C, D, E, B-complex, essential fatty acids omega 6 and 9, calcium, and other minerals.
May it be Type 1 or Type 4, hair needs the right amount of moisturization, vitamins, and minerals. Packed with vitamin A, malunggay ensures optimum delivery of oxygen and nutrients to hair follicles – making sure that every strand is nourished and oxygenated. It is also rich in zinc which strengthens the immune function of the skin and scalp.
Moringa-O2 offers a wide selection of skin and hair products: for hair (scalp and skin therapy oil, herbal shampoo with argan oil, herbal conditioner with argan oil, and hair relaxing serum with argan oil); for the face (herbal soap, herbal toner, and hair scalp and skin therapy oil); and body (insect repellant, herbal moisturizing lotion, herbal soap, and hair scalp and skin therapy oil).
Moringa-O2 products are available in leading supermarkets and drugstores near you.