Choose the best hair care products for your hair type


Are you using the correct hair care products for your hair type?

When learning to care for your hair, finding out your hair type is only half the battle. Once you have identified your hair type, it is important to understand how the right hair products can help you to achieve the best hair care routine.

While selecting shampoo and conditioner may seem like a simple everyday decision, there are actually a myriad of factors that you should consider when selecting a hair product. The best shampoo for curly hair may not work as well for straight hair and vice versa. So, it is important that you pick the right type of hair care products to ensure that your hair receives the treatment it deserves.

12 Types of Hair

1 (Straight) 2 (Wavy) 3 (Curly) 4 (Coiled)
A Fine Hair, Thin, Prone to oil Fine (Has S shape) Fine, Loose Curls Tight, Springy coils
B Medium, Some Volume Medium (Has S shape with some frizz) Medium or Tight curls Z Coils
C Coarse, Thick, Won’t hold curls Coarse (Has S shape & prone to frizz) Tight, Thick curls Very tight, Coarse coils

Straight Hair (Type 1A, 1B & 1C)


Straight hair, also known as a Type 1 are hairs that lie flat, or straight on the scalp. As the hair’s natural oils can travel from the scalp to the ends, Type 1 hairs are prone to oil and reflect the most sheen.

Here are a few tips on how to care for straight hair:

Wash Hair Regularly

While some people choose to skip washing their hair every few days, people with Type 1 hair should wash their hair regularly with shampoo to avoid oily-looking locks. On days when you choose not to wash your hair, dry shampoo can help to rejuvenate your hair roots and provide volume.

Use Natural Hair Products

While your hair may seem lifeless and dull due to a lack of volume, rather than overcompensating with a ton of products, you should focus on choosing products that contain natural ingredients to preserve your natural hair oils and provide your hair a healthy boost without weighing it down.

Use Products To Keep Style Intact

When it comes to hairstyling, it is important to remember that Type 1 hairs are not able to hold curls as long as other hair types. To keep your curls intact, Type 1 hairs should use a finishing spray or hairspray to keep your curls intact.

Avoid Sleeping With Wet Hair

If you have Type 1 hair, you avoid sleeping with wet hair to prevent frizz in the morning. However, if you need to sleep with damp hair, spray leave-in conditioner and pull your hair into a loose braid to prevent frizz.

Wavy/Curly Hair (Type 2 & Type 3)

Wavy and Curly Hair Type

Type 2 hairs are naturally wavy and form an “S” shape. While Type 3 hairs are naturally curly and are classified as defined curls (spiral curl). As hairs of these hair types have a slightly thicker texture and shape, it tends not to lay flat over the scalp and are not as oily as Type 1.

Here are a few tips on how to care for wavy/curly hair:

Hydration is Key

As Type 2 and 3 hairs have less natural hair oil, it is important to choose a sulfate-free shampoo to ensure that your hair is not drained of all its natural moisture. Sulfates in shampoos strip your hair of its natural oils and moisture causing frizzy and dull hair.

We recommend using Papilla’s Hair Regeneration Bio-Enzyme sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to lock in moisture and keep your hair hydrated. To take your hair care routine a step further, you can apply Papilla’s Hair Regeneration Tonic with PhytoKines onto the clean scalp and massage it in to enhance your healthy hair cycle.

Avoid Heat Styling Tools

When it comes to styling your hair, people with Type 2 and 3 hair types should minimise the use of hot styling tools or chemical processes that can damage the cuticle layer of your hair shaft. If you must use them, you should apply heat-protection products to protect your hair and keep it damage-free.

Kinky/Coiled Hair (Type 4A, 4B & 4C)


Type 4 hair types are tightly curled with defined coils and maintain its shape whether it is dry or wet. As it is fairly coarse in texture, people with this hair type are prone to hair damage when using heated styling tools. Furthermore, because of the shape of each hair strand, it is harder for natural hair oils to reach the tips of the hair resulting in these hair types to be dry.

Here are a few tips on how to care for kinky/coiled hair:

Moisturise Thoroughly

As Type 4 hairs are the most dry hair type, the key to caring for it properly is with moisture. Before you start washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner, we recommend you apply Papilla’s Regeneration Scalp Hair Mask and massage it. Afterwhich, you should follow up with a moisturising sulfate-free shampoo and deep conditioner.

Dry Hair Correctly

When you step out the shower, it is recommended to towel-dry your hair to remove any excess moisture. As this hair type is already dry, it is best to avoid using a hairdryer to prevent frizz and instead air-dry your hair to reduce the risk of breakage and excessive dryness. A leave-in conditioner or hair oil helps provide added moisture and defines your natural curls.

If you have followed our recommendations and still find that your hair’s condition is not improving, contact our trichologists to book a consultation today.

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