Hair is often described as being ‘normal’, ‘oily’ or ‘dry’. However, these labels don't make much sense at all when you think about it!
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 sister’s hair might be very coarse and dry. Both hair conditions are ‘normal’ per se, but require completely different regimes and hair products to look their best.
THE 'DRY HAIR' MYTH
‘Dryness’ is a term that describes the condition your hair is in, not your hairs’ actual 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 coloured, bleached and ‘permed’, as well as short or long. All different, but all ‘dry’.
THE 'OILY HAIR' MYTH
It is natural for your roots to get a little oily. Everyone produces sebum, a natural oil secreted by the sebaceous glands that are attached to your hair follicles. However, with frequent washing, the actual length of your hairs does not (or should not) have the chance to get oily.
Fine hair is hair in which the diameter of each individual strand is fine. It does not refer to the actual number of hairs on your scalp. What may surprise you is that those with fine hair actually have more hairs on their scalp than any other hair texture as there is room for more of them!
And as each hair has an oil gland attached, fine hair has the tendency to get oily and limp quickly. If you have fine hair, your hair will feel thin and lack natural body and bounce. There may also be areas where you can see your scalp though your hair. Fine hair can be either straight or wavy and is typical of Caucasian hair types.