What are the basic hair textures?
Straight Hair (Picture 1B & 1C): Straight hair reflects the most sheen. It is also the most resilient hair of all of the hair types. It is hard to damage and next to impossible to curl this hair texture. Because the sebum (natural oil produced in the sebaceous glands of the scalp) gently works its way from the scalp to the ends without the interference of curls or kinks, it is the most oily hair texture of all.
Wavy hair (Picture 2A & 2B): Wavy hair lies somewhere between straight and curly hair. It also imparts sheen, more than curly hair, but less than straight hair. The further down the wavy spectrum, the less sheen the hair will impart. Wavy hair is typically more prone to frizz. Wavy hair is resistant to styling with hair tools specially hot curlers, curling irons as well as flat and crimping irons.
Curly hair (Picture 3B & 3C): If you pull a hair strand and you notice that it has a definite S shape it is a curly hair texture. Granted, the S made by the hair strand may be a lower case s or upper case S, or it may even resemble a Z, however the curly texturized hair will show a definite curl pattern, with our without hair products. This hair type is full bodied, climate dependent (humidity = frizz), and damage prone. Lack of proper care renders curls dull.
Kinky hair Picture 4A & 4B): Despite many misconceptions, this tightly coiled hair is quite fine and fragile. It is wiry, and delicate by nature. Each strand usually has a zig zag pattern. Kinky hair is the driest hair type, thus it is more prone to breakage and requires extra care. If not treated properly it breaks more than other textures. Treat this hair type with a lot of TLC. Cleanse it gently, detangle it softly, and avoid harsh chemicals.