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Identifying Hair Textures

At Philip Kingsley, we avoid using terms like ‘normal’, ‘dry’ and ‘oily’ to categorise hair. After all, what is normal for one person may not be normal for another.

Instead, we pioneered the technique of classifying hair according to one of four textures:




Natural Coiled Curls


The 'Normal Hair' Myth

You may read labels that say ‘For Normal/Dry Hair’ or ‘Normal/Oily Hair’. However, what is classified as ‘normal’ for you will not be the same ‘normal’ as that of your relatives, friends or children. Your hair may be very fine and dry, while your friend’s hair might be very coarse and dry. Both hair conditions are ‘normal’, but require completely different regimes and hair products to look their best.


The 'Dry Hair' Myth

‘Dry’ is a term that describes the condition your hair is in, not your hair’s natural texture. Depending on the hair texture you have, the products you should use to combat dryness will be different. Your hair can be fine, straight, limp and ‘dry’, or coarse, curly, frizzy and ‘dry’. It could be ‘oily’ at the roots and ‘dry’ at the ends. Your hair could also be chemically processed, as well as short or long. Each of these combinations calls for different products to get your hair looking its best.


The 'Oily Hair' Myth

It is natural for your roots to get a little oily — especially if you have fine hair. Everyone produces sebum, a natural oil secreted by the sebaceous (oil) glands attached to your hair follicles. Contrary to popular belief, washing your hair does not strip it of its natural oils! Washing simply cleanses the build-up of old oil on your hair and stops your strands from becoming limp, greasy and smelly. Your sebaceous glands will soon secrete fresh oil to help keep your hair supple and soft.