Get your glorious hair in formation. Whether it's long, short, curly or straight, we've got the 411 on how you can keep your tresses looking and feeling healthy.
The way we choose to wear our hair is an undeniably huge part of how we choose to express our style and personality. Whatever type of hair you have, there are wide variety of products you can use. And if you're unsure which products are best for your type of hair, don't stress, we got you.
Firstly, you've got to understand your hair type. The classification system used below, created by Oprah Winfrey's hairstylist Andre Walker, ranges from Type 1 to 4, and it's the most widely used hair classification system. Within each type there are subcategories from 'a' to 'c', denoting further fineness, coarseness, looseness, tightness and more.
Type1 is characterised as straight hair. It's hard to damage and difficult to curl. It also gets oily easily, so it's best to wash it often and use a leave-in conditioner. When straightening it make sure you use a heat protector.
Tresemme Heat Defence Styling Spray, R74.95
Wella Oil Reflections Luminous Instant Conditioner, R239
Type 2 is typically wavy and characterised by waves that can be frizzy at times. It is best to use a diffuser when blow drying it. Avoid using products that have a high concentration of alcohol and opt for weightless products.
Kerastase Mousse Curl Ideal, R300
ghd Air Diffuser, R299
Type 3 is defined by curls that are usually climate dependent and have great volume. Use a curl defining cream to maintain and accentuate healthy curls and only detangle it when it is wet.
Tresemme Beauty-full Volume Mousse, R59.95
Garnier Ultimate Blends Conditioner with Honey Treasures 200ml, R39.95
Type 4 is kinky and is characterised by curls that are tightly coiled. It shrinks when it is exposed to water and it is more susceptible to damage. It needs to hydrated often with water and natural oils. It is also best to avoid using shampoos and conditioners that have sulfates.
Kiehl's Oil-infused Shampoo, R295
Davines Nourishing Hair Building Pak, R334