Again, knowledge is power and there is a ton of information that can help with keeping the scalp healthy and learning just how it works.
When we talk about length retention we are referring to making the best of your hair as it grows. All hair grows unless there is something seriously wrong with your health wise, so our goal in hair care is to retain as much length as we possibly can.
Retaining length is tricky for most of us but not impossible. The 4 category of hair will see more retention with less manipulation, this means protective styling is our number one priority.
You will hear noise saying 4 category hair doesn’t grow or retain length, but this claim is just not true, retaining length techniques will differ for 2s versus 3s versus 4s but there are some high on the list similarities as well.
For example, high use of heat and chemicals on your hair can cause you to stop retaining length, loose hair that can snag on clothing and other things will prevent retention, exposed ends will affect length retention, not trimming and caring for your hair will affect length retention. This stuff is true across the board.
►Fine hair versus coarse hair
Is your hair coarse or fine? Coarse hair refers to those of us with very thick strands, and fine hair refers to those of us with strands that have small widths. When your hair is coarse it is structurally stronger than when your hair is fine, so when you add this to the equation it can through curl pattern right out the window.
For example if your hair is fine, lighter moisturizers and sealants will work best in comparison to heavy ones because you never want to weigh your hair down. On the opposite end of the scale coarse hair can take heavier products and be just fine.
Hair care is never something we can put in a box, there is alot of grey area despite the curl patterns that we have. I think this is the probably the biggest flaw with the hair pattern system because it only considers our structural shape differences but it doesn’t consider porosity, how the strand itself looks or all of the other things we have discussed so far.
If the shape of your hair strand matters to you then the hair typing chart is probably very important for you, but for all other aspects of hair care there is alot more to take into consideration. If you find yourself in a conversation trying to determine who has more work 4A or 4B, you are probably better off not having the discussion at all.