Identifying Your Hair Type, Part 3 - Elasticity
How to determine elasticity
As always, begin with clean hair, free of product for the most accurate results. For this test, you want your hair to be dry.
Gently pull out a strand of hair at the scalp. You want to have the entire strand if at all possible.
Hold the strand of hair at both ends and begin to slowly stretch the strand. Pay close attention to what the strand of hair does as you stretch it, and when it breaks.
- Breaks immediately - Low elasticity (weak hair)
- Stretches a bit, then breaks - Medium elasticity (may have minor damage)
- Stretches a lot, up to 50% of original length - High elasticity (strong hair)