There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to hair care. Every hair type has its own unique set of characteristics that demand specific approaches and products to keep it healthy looking and maintained. Generally, there are three primary hair types: straight, wavy, and curly. However, there are additional subcategories that define hair texture and condition. Your hair could be classified as normal to oily, normal to dry, and further categorised as porous, dull and damaged, wavy, coily and curly, frizzy or extremely frizzy. Understanding your hair type and its particularities is crucial to establish a successful hair care routine. In this blog post, we will delve into the various approaches and products available to address different hair concerns and the best techniques for maintaining each hair type's health.
Normal to oily hair
- Lead an active lifestyle?
- Go swimming, cycling, gymming or do any other activities regularly?
- Have a greasy scalp?
This hair type means your hair and scalp probably get greasy quickly, or you need to wash your hair frequently to keep it looking clean and fresh, or you find that hair styling products make it look oily and weighed down. This is because the excess sebum produced and/or the salt deposits accumulate on the scalp thanks to hard water, making your hair look flat and oily. This is where iluvia’s Complete Professional System, including the Hard Water Shampoo, Squalene Restorative Conditioner and Intensive Hair Care Serum, comes into the picture.
The shampoo is ideal for anyone living in an area with hard water AND for those with normal to oily hair types and who are looking for deep cleansing and volume. It gently removes mineral deposits and soothes the scalp by maintaining its natural oil balance. Next, you can use the Squalene Restorative Conditioner. It deeply conditions the hair and improves its elasticity and strength of it. And the Pure Moroccan Argan Oil tames hair and reduces frizz. The last step in this hair care routine is the Intensive Hair Care Serum, which protects the hair from environmental and heat styling damage. It also adds volume and shine, perfect for oily hair that looks dull and limp.
iluvia #PRO tip: Make your hair more voluminous with this hair wash system due to the shampoo’s deep cleansing nature and the conditioner that doesn’t weigh hair down.
Normal to dry hair
- Spend a lot of time in an air-conditioned environment?
- live in an area with dry weather?
- Use hairdryers and heat styling tools often?
This hair type feels dry and rough, tangles easily, lacks shine, and the scalp feels tight. Dry hair needs special care with products that cleanse without stripping away natural oils. In these cases, we recommend gentle cleansing products like the Pro Maintenance System for your haircare routines. It is specially formulated to safeguard and soften dry, dull, damaged hair. The Sulfate Free Shampoo, with its unique Micro-Emulsion Formula, allows you to use it frequently and helps prevent the hair from drying out further. The hydrophobic Hair Repair Mask repels damaging moisture, leaving your hair smooth and tangle-free. Additionally, the Hair Protection Serum creates an extra moisture barrier, shielding your hair from heat, UV damage, and frizz.
iluvia #PRO tip: Did you know moisture is bad for the hair? It makes the hair dry, brittle and frizzy. This is why we recommend this system that includes the hydrophobic Hair Repair Mask.
Dry, dull, damaged/porous hair
- Chemically treat your hair?
- Have brittle hair with split ends and frizz?
- Live in a high-humidity area?
This hair type feels rough, dry, or brittle to the touch, excessively dry or frizzy, even after using conditioning products, takes a long time to dry and feels heavy when wet. These are tell-tale signs of porous hair. If this sounds like your hair, we recommend iluvia’s Damage Defence Duo to soften & strengthen your damaged hair.
Soft, supple and frizz-free hair is just two steps away. The Damage Defence Duo includes the Sulfate Free Shampoo and Hair Repair Mask. The shampoo’s unique Micro-Emulsion Formula is effective for this hair type as it gently cleanses the hair while protecting it from further damage. As the name suggests, the Hair Repair Mask helps repair dry, damaged or porous hair while repelling humidity and eliminating frizz.
iluvia #PRO tip: Add either the iluvia Intensive Hair Care Serum or the iluvia Hair Protection Serum to your routine. Additionally, switch to silk or satin pillowcases to reduce the friction between the hair strands and the surface. It will cut down frizz and stop your hair from becoming tangled.
- Experiment with permanent and semi-permanent hair colours?
- Frequently colour, bleach, highlight or frequent root touchups to your hair?
- Notice that your hair colour is fading away too fast?
In the case of coloured hair, it is important to use products specifically formulated to enhance colour, and prevent further damage and fading. The Complete Colour Lock System by iluvia is tailored to cater to coloured, pigmented, bleached or highlighted hair - semi-permanent or permanent. It is a trusted system used by leading salons to prolong the life of colour treatments, reducing pigment bleed and pigment degradation due to UV light exposure. The system includes the Colour Lock Shampoo, Colour Lock Mask and Hair Protection Serum, which are expertly designed to cleanse, maintain and protect advanced colour applications.
iluvia #PRO tip: Coloured hair needs to be protected from free radical damage that is caused by harsh sunlight and pollution. To prevent this, remember to apply a few pumps of the Hair Protection Serum to protect your hair and colour from fading out too quickly.
- Live in high-humidity and/or coastal areas?
- Wash your hair in very hot water?
- Have damaged or porous hair?
Frizzy hair is a result of raised and frayed hair cuticles. With this hair type, your hair tends to be unruly, appears fluffy or puffy in humid conditions, tangles easily, lacks a defined pattern, develops flyaways in dry conditions, and experiences frizz even after styling; then, you may have frizzy hair. To control frizzy hair, it's crucial to follow specific hair care techniques and use appropriate products that target the cause of the frizz.
This is why we recommend iluvia’s Frizz Control System. Start by washing your hair with the Sulfate Free Shampoo that gently cleanses damaged hair, preventing frizz, breakage and dryness. Next, apply an adequate amount of the Hair Repair Mask to damp hair, and leave it in for five minutes before washing it off. The mask is known for its long-lasting frizz control, and it repairs dry, brittle hair to make it softer and smoother. Your last step is applying a drop of 100% Pure Argan Oil to prevent breakage, dryness and damage while keeping the hair healthy. Pure Argan Oil is a great treatment for dryness and frizz and since it is a dry, non-sticky oil, it doesn’t make it heavy or uncomfortable to use. Remember, a little bit of Argan Oil goes a long way, so always use it as per the thickness of your hair.
iluvia #PRO tip: If you have frizzy hair but also have wavy, curly or coily hair, the Repair Reviver System is better suited for you.
Wavy, curly, coily hair
- Have waves, curls or coils that do not hold their natural shape?
- Feel your wavy, curly, coily hair is porous, dry and frizzy?
- Want more softness and better manageability for your wavy, curly and coily hair?
For wavy, curly & coily types, which are porous and prone to damage, it is recommended to try the Repair Reviver System by iluvia. This is a new launch and is developed especially for such hair types. The pH-balanced Repair Reviver Shampoo cleanses your hair effectively while ensuring that the natural texture of your hair is brought out at its finest. Follow it up with our popular Repair Reviver Mask that helps define and enhance the natural shape while keeping your hair manageable throughout the day. Both contain bio ferments of tomato and rice that help soften the hair fibres and control frizziness effectively. To complete the routine, try our Hair Protection Serum to shield your hair from environmental stress, UV damage, and heat from styling. The best part is that all these products are suitable for coloured and treated air as well!
iluvia #PRO tip: The Repair Reviver System is formulated to define, enhance and retain the texture of your wavy, coily or curly hair. The combination of products promotes cross-links or cross-bonds, making this type of hair soft, strong and gorgeous.
- Feel your hair lacks volume?
- Suffer from an oily scalp and limp hair?
- Feel your hair is frizzy?
- Suffer from a dry scalp and poor manageability?
If your straight hair shows the first two characteristics, then the Volume Restoration Duo is for you. This range contains the iluvia Hard Water shampoo and the Squalene Restorative Conditioner that work together to remove harmful salt and metal ion deposits while giving your hair a needed deep cleanse and volume. If your straight hair shows the second two characteristics, then the Damage Defence Duo is the range for you. This duo contains the Sulfate Free Shampoo and the Hydrophobic Hair Repair Mask that work together to impart much-needed softness, shine and manageability. Straight hair is usually oilier at the roots and drier at the ends, which means your hair shows a mix of the above concerns. In such a case, the recommendation would be an ideal mix of products that addresses both concerns - such as the Hard Water shampoo and the Hair Repair Mask. Together this routine will help clean out the dirt & oiliness while bringing in softness and shine.
iluvia #PRO tip: Always keep a good serum handy - the iluvia Intensive Haircare Serum if you have hair that is thinner and the iluvia Hair Protection Serum if you have thicker hair. Both these serums come with advanced heat protection technology that insulates your hair from the damage done by styling tools like hair dryers, straighteners and curling irons.
In conclusion, your hair type depends not just on how your hair is but also on lifestyle factors. Do you work in an office all day, exposing your hair to air conditioning? Or do you spend much time outdoors where your hair can be affected by UV rays or pollutants? These factors play a significant role in what your hair type actually is.
Although our hair faces various challenges that can cause damage to its health and appearance, establishing an effective hair care routine can prevent damage and promote and maintain it. Fortunately, hair care doesn't have to be complicated, and there are simple routines for all hair types.
If you're looking for a trusted range of hair care products to help maintain your hair's health, what iluvia offers can help! Explore our collection today at www.iluviapro.com and take the first step towards healthy and beautiful hair.